Updated: May 7, 2020
This year I completed two long overdue accomplishments and I'm glad to say I achieved what I set out to do.
First; I studied for six months, sat for, and passed the NCIDQ (National Council For Interior Design Qualification). This very extensive and challenging three part exam ensures that Interior Designers meet certain qualifications and standards (Health, safety, & welfare) in order to practice Interior Design. If you would like to learn more you can go to the website www.cidq.org.
Second; I applied with the State of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation to be a Certified Interior Designer. Thankfully, my application was approved.
So what is what it the big deal? Many industries include certifications and testing to ensure that the public receives services from a qualified professional. Certain certifications can require a formal education from a college or university, a required number of years job experience in the industry, and examinations that show that the person is qualified to offer a particular type of service. For example a Certified Public Accountant would fall into this category. Interior Design is no different
In order to meet the qualifications to sit for the NCIDQ examination a person must have some form of formal education by a CIDA accredited university in combination with a certain number of years job experience under the direct supervision of a qualified professional and a designer must show proof of this. Once the application is approved a person may study and sit for the three part test which covers a wide range of interior design knowledge as well as building codes, ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), and other health, safety, and welfare codes.
Once a person passes all three parts of the exam some will also apply for professional membership with ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) or IIDA (International Interior Design Association), which requires the NCIDQ and use those letters as a post-nominal title. After the NCIDQ, an Interior Designer may also apply for her Certified Interior Designer title with the State of Virginia DPOR (See above) which requires similar experience to the NCIDQ; formal education, certain number of years job experience, and references from employers. Certified Interior Designers as well as professional members of the ASID and IIDA must abide by an ethical code. All of these organizations are designed to advance the profession of interior design so that your hard earned money goes to the most qualified Interior Designers.
If you would like more information please go to the links below. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Council for Interior Design Qualification: www.cidq.org
Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/boards/apels/
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID): www.asid.org
International Interior Design Association (IIDA): www.iida.org
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA): https://www.accredit-id.org/