Regulated Jurisdiction Requirements

See below for the education and work experience requirements for regulated jurisdictions across North America. Jurisdictions are listed in alphabetical order, and more details can be seen by clicking on the jurisdiction name.

This information is provided as a guide and is up-to-date as of March 2021. It is important to always check with the jurisdiction directly regarding current requirements.

Arkansas


Website: https://www.asbalaid.arkansas.gov/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • An applicant must hold a professional degree in interior design from a degree program that has been accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) or degree program with proof of equivalency to the CIDA program;

  • An applicant must have completed the minimum experience requirements as determined by the completed degree program;

  • 3 categories:

    • Category A: An interior designer who is a graduate of a FIVE YEAR (5) accredited interior design program and has completed ONE YEAR (1) of diversified and appropriate interior design experience – AND – provides evidence of passage of the entire NCIDQ, IAD, or NSID Exam.

    • Category B: An interior designer who is a graduate of a FOUR YEAR (4) accredited interior design program -OR- a MASTERS DEGREE from an accredited program -AND- has completed TWO YEARS (2) of diversified and appropriate interior design experience -AND- provides evidence of passage of the entire NCIDQ, AID, or NSID Exam.

    • Category C: A licensed architect certified by the Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers (ASBALAID) -AND- provides evidence of passage of the entire standard NCIDQ Exam.




Alabama


Website: https://abrid.alabama.gov/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Either satisfy all educational and experience requirements to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination; OR hold a degree from a National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredited school, or is a registered architect, who satisfies eligibility requirements to take the NCIDQ examination.




Alberta


Website: https://www.idalberta.ca/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Has either: a degree, which meets the minimum CIDA educational standards and is approved by Council, or been a Registered Member in good standing continuously since 2000

  • Has successfully completed a minimum combination of six years of educational and practical training

  • The education component must meet the requirements as set out in Item 3.4.2 of the Bylaws.

  • A minimum of two years of the practical training must be under the direct supervision of a fully qualified Member of an interior design association recognized by Council




British Columbia


Website: https://www.idibc.org/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Member has achieved a minimum education requirement of a four-year bachelor’s degree in interior design from a program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) or the equivalent as determined by the CIDQ Alternative Review Program (ARP).

  • New Registered Members will be required to have completed an approximately 36 hour long BC Building Code course approved by IDIBC as part of their admission to IDIBC. The course must be taken within a six year period prior to application for RID membership.

  • After graduating from a recognized interior design program, prospective interior designers must gain supervised work experience to ensure that they acquire the skills they will need to practice interior design. Upon graduating from a recognized interior design program, individuals must obtain a prescribed amount of supervised work experience. The supervisor must be one of the following:

    • a registered member of his or her provincial association

    • a licensed architect who provides interior design services

    • an NCIDQ certificate holder

  • Alternative Review Program (ARP): ARP is for candidates who are unable to traditionally document the minimum educational requirement for interior design registration. Applicants must have a minimum of 8,800 hours (approximately 5 years) of work experience in interior design and must be able to document competencies based on current CIDA standards in eight key areas.​ Documentation will then be reviewed and if further information is required, a personal interview will be conducted.




California


Website: https://ccidc.org/

Education + Work Experience Requirements (*The specifications listed below are what is needed to pass the California specific exam (IDEX) and ultimately become a Certified Interior Designer in the state of California.):

  • 4 paths:

    • Path 1:

      • Candidates can take the IDEX® California Exam but, are not yet eligible to be Certified.

      • Candidates must meet one of the following minimum qualifications to sit for the IDEX® California:

        • Minimum of 40 Semester Core Units from accredited design program (60 Quarter Units) – OR

        • More than 5 but less than 8 years of diversified design experience.

    • Path 2

      • Candidates Qualify to Become Certified Upon Passing the IDEX California®.

      • Candidates must meet one of the following minimum qualifications:

        • 80+ Semester Core Units from accredited design program (120+ Quarter Units) plus two years of diversified design experience.

        • 60 – 79 Semester Core Units from accredited design program (90+ Quarter Units) plus three years of diversified design experience.

        • 40 – 59 Semester Core Units from accredited design program (60+ Quarter Units) plus four years of diversified design experience.

        • Minimum eight years of diversified design experience, interior design education, or combination of both that total eight years.

    • Path 3

      • For Candidates who have previously passed a national design exam, streamlined path to take the IDEX California® and become certified upon successfully passing.

      • Candidates must provide proof of passing one of the following examinations.
        ARE CQRID LEED-AP NCBDC NCIDQ NKBA-CKBD RIDQC*

      • *Must Also Have 2 Years Diversified Work Experience.

    • Path 4

      • For Candidates who would like to become certified with a commercial designation, who have previously passed a national design exam, streamlined path to take the IDEX California® and become certified upon successfully passing.

      • Candidates must meet all of the following minimum qualifications

      • Candidates must provide proof of passing one of the following examinations.
        ARE CQRID LEED-AP NCBDC NCIDQ NKBA-CKBD RIDQC*

      • *Must Also Have 2 Years Diversified Work Experience.

      • Provide proof of passing the following California Based, International Codes Council (ICC) Courses, to qualify:

      • Path 4 Candidates must provide proof of recently passing the following California Based, International Codes Council (ICC) Courses to qualify;

  • Requirements must come from an accredited institution approved by US Department of Education. CIDA or FIDER accreditation NOT required.

  • Core Units are defined as Total Combined Units From Coursework in the Following Categories (Excluding General Education Courses):

    • Interior Design

    • Building Design

    • Interior Decoration

    • Drafting

    • History Design

    • Architectural History

    • Architecture

    • Graphic Design

    • Construction Documents

    • Art History

    • Building Codes

    • Green Building Practices

    • Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)

    • Business Practices as Related to the Practice of Design

  • Diversified Design Experience is defined as Design Experience Including:

    • Prepare complex nonstructural or nonseismic plans

    • Instruction for the preparation of complex nonstructural or nonseismic plans

    • Complex nonstructural or nonseismic plans:

      • Require the skills of a licensed contractor to implement

      • Includes programming, planning, designing, and documenting construction

      • Installation of nonstructural or nonseismic elements, finishes and furnishings

    • Protect and enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

  • Diversified Design Experience is calculated based on Full time work 36 hours or more per week, 52 weeks per year.

    • Full-Time Diversified Design Experience Requirements:

      • 1 Year = 1,872 Hours+

      • 2 Years = 3,744 Hours+

      • 3 Years = 5,616 Hours+

      • 4 Years = 7,488 Hours+

      • 5 Years = 9,360 Hours+

      • 8 Years = 14,976 Hours+




Connecticut


Website: https://portal.ct.gov/DCP/License-Services-Division/All-License-Applications/Interior-Design-Form

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Individuals must submit proof of any one of the following categories as qualification for registration as an interior designer:
    • Passed the Uniform National Examination established by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. (NCIDQ must forward an official copy of your grades in support of your application)
    • Passed any other examination with standards or requirements equal to or greater than those established by NCIDQ. (Applicant must submit documents and other materials, with this application, for the Commissioner to determine equivalency)
    • An architect licensed in the State of Connecticut. (Applicant must submit a copy of his/her current Connecticut Architect’s license with this application)




District of Columbia


Website: https://www.dcopla.com/design/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Applicants shall possess a current certificate from NCIDQ showing that they have met NCIDQ’s education and experience requirements.




Florida


Website: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/architecture-and-interior-design/

Education + Work Experience Requirements (*edited to only include interior design specific sections):

  • (481.213) The board shall certify for licensure or registration by examination any applicant who passes the prescribed licensure or registration examination and satisfies the requirements of s. 481.209, for interior designers.

  • (481.213) The board shall certify as qualified for a registration as a registered interior designer an applicant who:

    • Qualifies to take the prescribed licensure or registration examination, and has passed the prescribed licensure or registration examination or a substantially equivalent examination in another jurisdiction, as set forth in s. 481.209 for registered interior designers, as applicable;

    • Holds a valid license, registration, or certification to practice interior design issued by another jurisdiction of the United States, if the criteria for issuance of such license were substantially equivalent to the licensure criteria that existed in this state at the time the license was issued; or

    • Has passed the prescribed licensure examination and holds a valid certificate issued by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and holds a valid license to practice architecture issued by another state or jurisdiction of the United States.

  • (481.209) A person seeking to obtain a certificate of registration as a registered interior designer and a seal pursuant to s. 481.221 must provide the department with his or her name and address and written proof that he or she has successfully passed the qualification examination prescribed by the Council for Interior Design Qualification or its successor entity or has successfully passed an equivalent exam as determined by the department. Any person who is licensed as an interior designer by the department and who was in good standing as of July 1, 2020, is eligible to obtain a certificate of registration as a registered interior designer.




Georgia


Website: https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/2

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Provides proof that the applicant has acquired a minimum four-year degree or first professional degree conferred by a college or university whose program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board or by another national or regional accrediting organization recognized by the board in a program of study in architecture or in a program of study in interior design approved by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation or in a substantially equivalent program of study approved by the board




Illinois


Website: https://www.idfpr.com/profs/IntDesign.asp

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Graduate of a 5 year accredited interior design program with at least 2 years of full time interior design experience

  • Graduate of a 4 year accredited interior design program with at least 2 years of full time interior design experience

  • Graduate of a 3 year accredited interior design program with at least 3 years of full time interior design experience

  • Graduate of a 2 year accredited interior design program with at least 4 years of full time interior design experience

  • Illinois Architect with an active license




Indiana


Website: https://www.in.gov/pla/interior.htm

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • An interior designer must qualify to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam. There are several routes an Interior Designer can take to qualify for the NCIDQ exam. In addition, applicants with a Bachelor degree must complete 3,520 hours of qualified work experience and applicants with an Associate degree must complete 5,280 hours of qualified work experience under a person who holds an active NCIDQ certificate.

  • Architects who hold an Indiana Architect license number can also become Registered.




Iowa


Website: https://plb.iowa.gov/board/interior-designers

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • 3 methods:

    • Method 1: 4-year baccalaureate degree from an interior design program or a substantially equivalent program and 2 years of acceptable full-time work experience in the performance of interior design services

    • Method 2: 3-year certificate, degree, or diploma from an interior design program and 3 years of acceptable full-time work experience in the performance of interior design services

    • Method 3: 2-year certificate, degree, or diploma from an interior design program or substantially equivalent program




Kentucky


Website: https://boa.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • The board shall certify an applicant who has obtained a four (4) or five (5) year professional accredited degree; and at least two (2) years of acceptable full-time employment in the performance of interior design services

  • In lieu of the education and experience requirements, the board may deem an applicant eligible for certification if, prior to January 1, 2012, the applicant:

    • Has received a degree from a program not accredited by CIDA or NAAB; and otherwise meets the requirement of this section. To qualify under this section, the applicant shall be a graduate of a nonaccredited program of:

      • Five (5) years of more which included at least 150 semester credits, of which ninety (90) or more are interior design related, or 225 quarter credits, of which 135 or more are interior design related, and who has completed at least two (2) years of acceptable interior design experience

      • Four (4) years or more which included at least 120 semester credits, of which sixty (60) or more are interior design related, or 180 quarter credits, of which ninety (90) or more are interior design related, and who has completed at least three (3) years of acceptable interior design experience

      • Three (3) years or more which included at least sixty (60) semester credits of interior design related coursework, or ninety (90) quarter credits of interior design related coursework, and who has completed at least four (4) years of acceptable interior design experience

      • Two (2) years or more which included at least forty (40) semester credits of interior design related coursework, or sixty (60) quarter credits of interior design related coursework, and who has completed five (5) years of acceptable interior design experience

    • Full-time employment shall include at least thirty-five (35) hours per week n the performance of interior design services. To be deemed acceptable, experience shall be obtained under the supervision of:

      • An interior designer who has passed the NCIDQ examination;

      • A licensed architect; or

      • An interior designer who is licensed, certified, or registered by a state or provincial regulatory agency




Louisiana


Website: http://lsbid.org/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Have a combination of 6 years of Interior Design education and work experience from one of the following paths:

    • Is a graduate from an interior design program of five years or more and has completed one year of interior design experience

    • Is a graduate from an interior design program of four years or more and has completed two years of interior design experience

    • Has completed at least three years in an interior design curriculum and has completed three years of interior design experience

    • Is a graduate from an interior design program of at least two years and has completed four years of interior design experience

  • All such education shall have been obtained in a program, school, or college of interior design accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Unaccredited program, school, or college of interior design must be approved by the board during the licensing application process.




Maine


Website: https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/board-of-licensure-architects-landscape-architects-interior-designers

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • 2 options:

    • 5 + 1: The applicant has graduated from a 5-year interior design program accredited by CIDA that was offered at a regionally-accredited institution and has completed at least 1 year of diversified and appropriate interior design experience

    • 4 + 2: The applicant has graduated from:

      • A 4-year interior design program accredited by CIDA that was offered at a regionally-accredited institution; or

      • A bachelor degree program in interior design that –

        • Was not accredited by CIDA but included not less than 120 semester hours, of which at least 60 semester hours were interior design-related;

        • Was substantially equivalent to a program accredited by CIDA; and

        • Was offered at a regionally accredited institution;

      • And has completed:

        • At least 2 years of diversified and appropriate interior design experience; or

        • The NCIDQ Interior Design Experience Program of at least 2 years' duration.




Manitoba


Website: https://www.pidim.ca/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Candidates must hold a four (4) year degree from an accredited program determined by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)

  • Where a candidate has not graduated from an accredited program, but has acquired all of the skills required of a graduate of an Accredited Education Program through education or experience and applies to The PIDIM for membership, the Membership Regulation provides for an Alternative Pathway to Membership. Working with the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), The PIDIM uses the Intern Competancy Review System (ICRS). The ICRS assess a candidates education, training and any work experience to determine if they posess the competencies equivalent to the minimum education requirement. The ICRS requires candidates to complete an evidence based book of competencies which is then independently reviewed and assessed.

  • Has been engaged in the practice of interior design in Manitoba for a period of two years subsequent to completion of the educational requirements set forth; or has been engaged in the practice of interior design elsewhere than Manitoba for a period of two years and has satisfied the council that he or she has obtained experience comparable to that required of persons practising in Manitoba




Maryland


Website: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/cid/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • The applicant shall have satisfied education and experience requirements necessary to qualify for the National Council of Interior Design Qualification Examination, or its equivalent, as determined by the Board.




Minnesota


Website: https://mn.gov/aelslagid/interiordesign.html

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • (Item A) For purposes of this subpart, "equivalent education" means education that the board, after review of an applicant's transcript and other educational materials, finds to be substantially the same in terms of the curriculum composition and content of classes taken by the applicant that culminates in a minimum of a bachelor's degree in interior design accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) or its predecessor, the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER). The education requirement must be fulfilled by one of the following options as described:

    • (Subitem 1) graduation from a four- or five-year professional-level interior design program resulting in a bachelor's or master's degree, which includes completion of 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of interior design course content from a program accredited by CIDA or its predecessor, FIDER, or equivalent education;

    • (Subitem 2) graduation prior to June 1, 2013, from a two-year preprofessional or paraprofessional program in interior design accredited by CIDA or its predecessor, FIDER, or equivalent education; or

    • (Subitem 3) graduation prior to June 1, 2013, from a three-year professional level program in interior design accredited by CIDA or its predecessor, FIDER, or equivalent education.

  • Experience must be under the direct supervision of a certified interior designer, NCIDQ certificate holder, licensed architect, or, for experience gained prior to June 1, 2013, an interior designer.

    • If the applicant meets the educational requirements of item A, subitem (1), the experience required is completion of the Interior Design Experience Program (IDEP), as provided by CIDQ or its successor, or a minimum of two years of qualifying interior design experience.

    • If the applicant meets the educational requirements of item A, subitem (2), the experience required is completion of a minimum of four years of qualifying interior design experience.

    • If the applicant meets the educational requirements of item A, subitem (3), the experience required is completion of a minimum of three years of qualifying interior design experience.

  • Experience must be diversified in the practice of interior design for public spaces and include all ten of the following knowledge areas, documented as required by the board:

    • space planning;

    • building code research and analysis;

    • programming;

    • schematic design and design development;

    • preparation of construction documents;

    • cost estimating;

    • specification of building materials and finishes;

    • specification of furnishings, fixtures, and equipment;

    • bidding/negotiating procedures; and

    • construction administration.




Mississippi


Website: https://www.msboa.ms.gov/certified-interior-designer-information-and-services

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Upon receipt of an application, the board, upon the recommendation of the IDAC, may approve the application, provided the applicant meets one (1) of the following requirements:

    • The application passed the Interior Design Qualification Examination (IDQE) as administered by NCIDQ before January 1, 2012;

    • The applicant has a degree in interior design from a program accredited by CIDA, a degree in architecture from a college or university accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB), or a four-year degree in interior design from a college or university approved by the regulatory board. Additionally, the applicant must have passed the IDQE as administered by NCIDQ or its approved successor;

    • The applicant is a licensed architect in the state of Mississippi who has passed the IDQE as administered by NCIDQ or its approved successor; or

    • The applicant is a licensed engineer in the State of Mississippi who has passed the IDQE as administered by NCIDQ or its approved successor.




Missouri


Website: https://pr.mo.gov/interior.asp

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Categories for registration:

    • Shall take and pass or have passed the examination administration by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and:

      • Graduated from a five-year or four-year interior design program from an accredited institution and completed at least two years of diversified and appropriate interior design experience; or

      • Completed at least three years of an interior design curriculum from an accredited institution and has completed at least three years of diversified and appropriate interior design experience; or

      • Graduated from a two-year interior design program from an accredited institution and has completed at least four years of diversified and appropriate interior design experience; or

    • Registered architect in the State of Missouri (Current)

  • “Diversified and appropriate interior design experience” shall mean experience that includes the practice of interior design for commercial or public spaces in no less than seven (7) of the following areas of practice:

    • Space planning;

    • Code research and analysis;

    • Client contact;

    • Programming;

    • Schematic design and design development;

    • Preparation of construction documents;

    • Cost estimating;

    • Selection of materials and furnishings;

    • Contract documents;

    • Bidding procedure; and

    • Construction observation

  • One (1) year of experience shall be defined as not fewer than one thousand eight hundred (1,800) clock hours. The applicant shall show “diversified and appropriate interior design experience” for each year of qualifying experience.




Nevada


Website: http://nsbaidrd.state.nv.us/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Have successfully completed a program of interior design accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) or a substantially equivalent program; and

    • Have at least 2 years of experience in interior design. Applications for registered interior design may gain the required experience through the process set forth by the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ).

  • Applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in interior design from a program not accredited by CIDA have two options for meeting the education requirement:

    • Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) Alternative Review Program (ARP)

    • NSBAIDRD’s Interior Design Program Review




New Brunswick


Website: https://www.idnb-dinb.ca/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Registered membership shall be available to applicants who have graduated from a CIDA-accredited Interior Design Education Program with a degree or diploma, or have otherwise met the requirements of CIDQ’s CIDA path, NAAB/CACB path, or Non-NAAB/Non-CACB path, which when combined with interior design experience meeting the NCIDQ Examination eligibility requirements




New Jersey


Website: https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/int

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • The applicant shall provide proof of one of the following combinations of education and experience demonstrating that the applicant:

    • Is a graduate of a five-year interior design program accredited by Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) or a substantially equivalent program approved by the Committee pursuant to (e) below and has completed one year of diversified interior design services experience; or

    • Is a graduate of a four-year interior design program accredited by Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) or a substantially equivalent program approved by the Committee pursuant to (e) below and has completed at least two years of diversified interior design services experience; or

    • Has completed at least three years of an interior design program accredited by Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) or a substantially equivalent program approved by the Committee pursuant to (e) below and has completed four years of diversified interior design services experience; or

    • Is a graduate of a two-year interior design program accredited by Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) or a substantially equivalent program approved by the Committee pursuant to (e) below and has completed at least two years of diversified interior design services experience.

    • (e) An applicant for certification as an interior designer who is a graduate of a school or program not accredited by CIDA shall provide to the Committee an official transcript of his or her courses, a true and accurate course description for each of the interior design courses for which the candidate is seeking credit toward certification and/or other such documentation that is requested by the Committee.




New Mexico


Website: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Interior_Design.aspx

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • A graduate of a five year interior design program from an accredited institution and completed at least one year of diversified interior design experiences;

    • A graduate of a five (5) year program must have completed at least 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours of which must be in the area of interior design or design related courses.

  • A graduate of a four year interior design program from an accredited institution and completed at least two years of diversified interior design experiences;

    • A graduate of a four (4) year program must have completed at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours must be in the area of interior design or design related courses.

  • Completed at least three years of an interior design curriculum from an accredited institution and has completed three years of diversified interior design experiences;

    • An application of a three (3) year program must have completed at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours in the area of interior design or design related courses.

  • A graduate of a two year interior design program from an accredited institution and completed four years of diversified interior design experiences; or

    • A graduate of a two (2) year program must have completed at least 40 semester hours or 60 quarter hours of interior design or design related courses.

  • Has apprenticed under a designer who passed the national council for interior design qualification examination or a licensed designer for a minimum of eight years.

  • The experience requirement shall be evaluated as follows: “Diversified interior design experience” shall mean that the applicant has been engaged in three (3) or more of the following activities of enhancing the function and quality of interior space:

    • Analysis of a client’s needs, goals, and life safety requirements for the interior space of a structure;

    • Integration of findings with knowledge of interior design;

    • Formulation of preliminary design concepts that are appropriate, functional, and aesthetic;

    • Development and presentation of final design recommendations through presentation media;

    • Preparation of working drawings and specifications for non-load bearing interior construction, materials, finishes, space planning, furnishing, fixtures, and equipment;

    • Collaboration with professional services of other licensed practitioners in the technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and load-bearing design required for regulatory approval;

    • Preparation and administration of bids and contract documents as the client’s agent; and

    • Review and evaluation of design solutions during implementation and upon completion.

  • An applicant shall have worked at least one thousand six hundred hours (1,600) hours in a calendar year to obtain credit for a year’s worth of diversified interior design experience.




New York


Website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/id/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Education: have received at least seven years of professional training consisting of academic study and work experience relating to interior design and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations. These seven years shall contain at least two but not more than five years of post secondary education, including an associate degree or the equivalent, in an approved program of interior design

    • At least two but no more than five years of postsecondary education in an approved program of interior design, including an associate degree or its equivalent; and

    • At least two years of interior design work experience satisfactory to the State Board for Interior Design. To be acceptable for licensure your practical experience must:

      • be under the direct supervision of an interior designer, architect, or professional engineer;

      • within the bounds of interior design practice as set forth in section 8303 of the Education Law, demonstrate diverse experience in all aspects of project planning and execution; and

      • reflect increased levels of professional growth.

  • Experience: have experience satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations

  • Credit for Education – You may earn two years of education/experience credit for completion of an associate degree interior design program or four years credit for completion of a baccalaureate degree interior design program if the program is:

    • registered by the New York State Education Department as licensure-qualifying, or

    • accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency, or

    • considered to be an "equivalent" program.

  • The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA - formerly FIDER, Foundation for Interior Design Education Research) is an acceptable professional accrediting agency for interior design for programs accredited at the professional level. Earlier programs that were CIDA-accredited at the pre-professional assistant level will be reviewed for equivalency to an associate-degree curriculum.

  • For a program to be considered "equivalent:"

    • A baccalaureate degree curriculum must contain at least 48 semester hours of coursework in the following content areas:

      • (1) drafting and presentation techniques;

      • (2) fundamentals of space planning and design;

      • (3) materials and methods of construction;

      • (4) furniture, finishes, and equipment;

      • (5) history of architecture and the decorative arts;

      • (6) codes - construction, fire, safety, and accessibility;

      • (7) environmental and building systems;

      • (8) color theory and application;

      • (9) business practices and ethics; and

      • (10) construction documents.

    • An associate degree curriculum must contain at least 30 semester hours of coursework in content areas (1) through (6) listed above for a baccalaureate degree curriculum.

  • Additionally, you may also earn education/experience credit for postsecondary-level courses completed in the content areas listed for a baccalaureate degree curriculum if the courses are offered through an approved program as described at the beginning of this section.




Newfoundland and Labrador


Website: http://idnl.ca/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Education – North American educational standards are set by CIDA, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. A bachelor’s degree program that has been recognized by CIDA is the minimum education requirement.

  • Experience – Following formal education, the next phase of an interior designer’s career is work experience supervised by a registered interior designer or licensed architect. An internship program is required to supplement design education and help enhance development as a professional.




Nova Scotia


Website: https://www.idns.ca/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Post-Secondary Education – IDNS has a minimal requirement of the successful completion of a four year Bachelor degree granting professional level program at an accredited institute. Refer to the Council for Interior Design Accreditation website for a list of the current accredited institutes.

  • Intern Experience – IDNS requires a minimum of 3250 hours of Interior Design experience under the direct supervision of a Registered Interior Designer or Architect.

    • Has completed a sufficient number of full-time equivalent years of qualifying intern experience, not being fewer than 3 years, that, when added to the number of academic years duration of that person’s education qualification, exceeds a total of 7 years.




Oklahoma


Website: https://www.ok.gov/Architects/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • General Requirements:

    • Hold an accredited professional degree in interior design accredited by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation or its successor, obtain two (2) years or 3,520 hours of acceptable training as defined; or

    • Obtain an equivalent education to an accredited professional degree in interior design, as determined by the Board, obtain two (2) years or 3,520 hours of acceptable training and experience hours as defined; or

    • Have a degree from a program accredited by CIDA or its successor. An applicant, who has completed the program within two (2) years of the program acquiring this accreditation, shall be considered to have obtained an accredited education program in interior design.

  • The following education, training and experience may be considered to be equivalent to the requirements as determined by the Board in its sole discretion:

    • A baccalaureate degree in programs of no less than 120 semester or 180 quarter passing credit hours of which 60 semester or 90 quarter hours, respectively, are interior design-related; and a total of no less than 3,520 hours of interior design acceptable training as defined herein;

    • Certificate, degree or diploma with a minimum passing credit of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter passing credit hours respectively in interior design related coursework and obtain 5,280 hours of acceptable training; or

    • Meet the educational standards set forth by the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design and other similar institutions provided the educational program has a minimum of 40 semester passing credit hours or 60 passing quarter credit hours in Interior Design related coursework and 7,040 hours of acceptable training.

    • Thirty (30) passing semester hours from a Board approved program shall equal one (1) year of education towards the first accredited professional degree in interior design or its equivalent program.

    • One (1) year of education credit hours from a Board approved program earned in an interior design program or its equivalent degree program shall equal two (2) years of acceptable training and experience.

    • Four (4) years from a Board approved program shall be an equivalent standard for the first professional degree in interior design or its equivalent when computing the fifteen (15) years experience and training to equate towards the training and experience requirement of the Act.

    • A second accredited professional degree in interior design or its equivalent shall count as one year of education for two (2) years of training and experience.

    • The Board may accept a Registered Interior Designer who is Broadly Experienced meeting the Board's equivalent standards of acceptable education and experience and Registration who has passed the CIDQ examinations or an equivalent examination as determined by the Board in its sole discretion and the Board's Act and Rules examination.

  • Educational instruction shall include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Building and Interior Systems

    • Business and Professional Practices, Management and Ethics

    • Codes and Ordinances

    • Basic and Creative Arts

    • Color Theory

    • Interior Design

    • Technical Knowledge

    • History and theory of Art, Architecture and Design

    • Human Factors

    • Lighting

    • Materials and Finishes

    • Communication Skills

    • Furnishings

  • Training and experience credits shall be awarded for work performed in the following areas:

    • Programming

    • Schematic Design

    • Design Development

    • Contract Documents

    • Contract Administration

    • Professional Practice

  • The Board may accept as evidence of diversified training and experience for registering a Registered Interior Designer as stated in this Subsection:

    • Applicants having obtained the first CIDA professional accredited degree in interior design or its equivalent shall have 2 years of acceptable training and experience hours, as determined by the Board in its sole discretion. One year shall equal 1760 hours of training and experience.

    • Applicants may earn one (1) year of training and experience hours after completing 96 semester passing credit hours toward the first professional degree in interior design.

    • On January 1, 2007, all individuals beginning their training and experience shall obtain credits after all educational requirements have been met for those individuals with equivalent education equating to the first accredited professional degree in interior design.

    • Applicants with acceptable education and experience may take the examination to become a Registered Interior Designer, regardless of the order in which each was obtained when training and experience requirements are met and if training began prior to January 1, 2007.

    • Training and experience hours shall be awarded based on working full time for at least two (2) consecutive months with thirty-two (32) hours per week or more in interior design or architecture. Part time training and experience hours shall be calculated at the rate of fifty percent (50%) for less than thirty-two (32) hours per week and more than fifteen (15) hours per week working for a least (4) consecutive months. Working less than fifteen (15) hours per week will not qualify for training and experience hours. Two (2) years of full time acceptable training and experience under a Registered Interior Designer or Architect as a Registered Interior Designer shall equal one (1) year of equivalent education in interior design.

    • Applicants beginning their training and experience after January 1, 2008, shall be under the Responsible Control of a Registered Interior Designer, an interior designer registered or licensed in another jurisdiction, or an Architect, licensed in any jurisdiction.

    • The Board, in its sole discretion, shall determine whether all education, training and experience for Applicants are acceptable or not and whether or not it satisfies the requirements for Registration.

    • If the individual is not registered or licensed in a jurisdiction then all work shall be under the Responsible Control of a CIDQ certificate holder.

    • Training and experience hours shall be submitted on the Board's forms or equivalent. It is the responsibility of the Applicant to obtain all required signatures. All Board forms are to be returned directly to the Board office by the employer, as they are confidential records.

    • Training outside the U.S. or Canada under the Responsible Control of an individual credentialed by entities similar to CIDQ or NCARB or their successors in a foreign jurisdiction or country.




Ontario


Website: https://arido.ca/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Education: A number of ARIDO-recognized programs are also accredited by CIDA, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. ARIDO also recognizes educational credentials from the U.S. and Canadian interior design programs accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Applicants who have graduated from schools outside Canada should contact ARIDO directly.

  • Supervised Work Experience (SWE)

    • The supervised work experience requirement ensures that applicants for Registered membership are receiving quality work experience that will shape and build their skills as a future interior designer. CIDQ changed their standards for Supervised Work Experience as of January 2019. ARIDO has not changed our minimum standards for Supervised Work Experience. ARIDO will continue to accept SWE hours completed under the current minimum standard of 25% under a qualified design professional*, and 75% self employed or under a non-design professional.

    • CIDQ is now mandating that 100% of supervised work experience hours must be completed under a design professional that meets one of the following criteria:

      • CIDQ Certified Interior Designer

      • State/Provincial Licensed/Registered/Certified Interior Designer in the US or Canada

      • State/Provincial Licensed/Registered Architect in the US or Canada who provides interior design services

      • A sponsor (mentor) is a design professional, as defined above, who agrees to review a candidate’s professional progress and affirm interior design work experience hours. A sponsor may or may not work within the same firm as the candidate.

    • What qualifies as supervised work experience? Upon graduating from a recognized interior design program, individuals must obtain a prescribed amount of supervised work experience. A certain percentage of this work experience must be supervised by one of the following:

      • an ARIDO Registered member

      • a licensed architect who provides interior design services

      • an NCIDQ certificate holder

    • All qualified hours under the supervision of one of the above are counted at 100% in value. Any work experience under supervisory relationships outside the above will result in hours being accrued at lower values. The amount of qualified work experience is needed depends on a number of factors, including education and type of qualified work experience received.

    • To identify the amount of qualified work experience required for those who meet the above education standards and timelines, please refer to the ARIDO PATH outlining the current education, experience and examination requirements.

  • The Alternative Pathway into ARIDO Membership is through the Intern Competencies Review System (ICRS) for applicants that did not graduate from a CIDA accredited Interior Design program. Applicants will be required to submit a book of evidence-based on a prescribed set of competencies, consisting of evidence(s) from relevant work experience and/or education/training to prove they meet the minimum education competencies required for intern membership.




Puerto Rico


Website: https://www.estado.pr.gov/en/designers-interior-decorators/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Submit a copy of your university transcript that includes 24 credit hours of English, Spanish, mathematics, humanities, philosophy, psychology or sociology from an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education.

  • Submit a copy of a diploma or transcript from an accredited Interior Design school.




Quebec


Website: https://www.apdiq.com/en/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Candidate with a regular profile:

    • Degrees and programs recognized by the association:

      • Quebec:

        • Montreal University

        • Dawson College

        • CEGEP Marie-Victorin

        • Cegep de l'Outaouais

        • Cegep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

        • Cegep of Trois-Rivières

        • Cegep of Old Montreal

        • Assumption Regional Cégep

        • Cegep Garneau

        • Cegep Rivière-du-Loup

        • CEGEP Beauce-Appalaches

      • Canada (as of 2017):

        • Mount Royal University

        • Kwantlen Polytechnic University

        • University of Manitoba

        • Academy of Design, TORONTO at RCC INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

        • Algonquin College

        • Humber College

        • Ryerson University

      • Newcomers:

        • Any person holding a degree or diploma from outside of Canada must provide the association with a comparative equivalence of such degree or diploma from the Ministry of Immigration of Quebec. If the equivalence corresponds to one of the degrees or diplomas mentioned, the candidate's file will be submitted to the admission committee.

  • Candidate with a non-standard profile (with degree / diploma that are equivalent):

    • If you have a degree from abroad: or a Canadian or Quebec degree in a related field – equivalences from the Ministry of Immigration for all degrees or diplomas – degrees or diplomas related to the discipline:

      • Bachelor of environmental design;

      • Bachelor of architecture;

      • Bachelor of industrial design;

      • College diploma (DEC) in architecture.

  • If you do not meet these educational requirements but have solid professional experience in interior design, a process of recognition of prior learning and skills could be considered.




Saskatchewan


Website: https://idas.ca/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Educational Requirements:

    • Applicants with a non-CIDA accredited degree who graduate prior to December 31, 2016 will be accepted by IDAS until December 31, 2021

    • After 2021, only applicants who graduate with CIDA accredited Interior Design degrees after January 1, 2017 will be accepted

  • Registered Members of IDAS have achieved a combination of six years design education and professional experience. Design Education must be attained from an Interior Design degree program. Individuals who were grandfathered into the Association when the Title’s Act was passed (1997) and before the educations requirements changed may also be included in this membership category.




Tennessee


Website: https://www.tn.gov/commerce/regboards/architects-engineers.html

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • A 5-year degree in interior design accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER), or that has been determined to be substantially equivalent to a CIDA-accredited degree, and 1 year of diversified interior design experience; or

  • A 4-year degree in interior design accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER), or that has been determined to be substantially equivalent to a CIDA-accredited degree, and 2 years of diversified interior design experience; or

  • A 3-year degree in interior design accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER), or that has been determined to be substantially equivalent to a CIDA-accredited degree, and 3 years of diversified interior design experience; or

  • A 2-year degree in interior design accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER), or that has been determined to be substantially equivalent to a CIDA-accredited degree, and 4 years of diversified interior design experience.

  • [Substantial equivalency means comparable in program content and level of educational experience but not necessarily identical in format or method of delivery. It implies that the graduates of these programs possess the necessary competencies to begin professional interior design practice at the entry level.]




Texas


Website: https://www.tbae.texas.gov/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • In order to obtain Interior Design registration by examination in Texas, an Applicant shall demonstrate that the Applicant has satisfied the educational and professional experience eligibility requirements adopted by the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) to sit for the NCIDQ examination, and shall successfully complete the NCIDQ examination or a predecessor or other examination deemed equivalent by CIDQ as more fully described in Subchapter C of this chapter.

  • An Applicant for Interior Design registration by examination who, as of January 1, 2018, has been approved to take the examination by the Board and has paid all application maintenance fees associated with the application, may qualify for registration by successfully completing the NCIDQ or other qualifying examination and satisfying:

    • the educational and professional experience required by CIDQ to sit for its examination; or

    • the educational and professional experience requirements adopted by the Board and in effect at the time the application was filed.




Utah


Website: https://dopl.utah.gov/id/index.html

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Provide satisfactory evidence of having qualified to take and having passed the examination of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, or an equivalent body as determined by division rule.




Virginia


Website: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/APELS/

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Education: An Interior Designer Degree Verification Form is provided for all applicants. At a minimum, all applicants must hold a 4-year professional degree from an institution accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA or other equivalent accrediting organization); a professional degree in architecture obtained by completing a NAAB-approved curriculum; or a professional program approved by the Board. The definition of “a professional program approved by the Board” is provided in Regulation 18 VAC 10-20-460. Completion of a “professional program approved by the board” meaning a 4-year degree in an interior design program or a master’s degree in interior design combined with a 4-year degree which has been evaluated and is deemed by the board to be substantially equivalent (at the time of the applicant’s graduation) to a 4- year interior design degree program accredited by CIDA.

  • Experience: A minimum of 2 years of monitored experience must be documented on an Interior Designer Experience Verification Form(s). Any experience verified on forms other than those provided by the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation will not be considered. Resumes are not acceptable. A separate Experience Verification Form should be completed for each employment engagement. No credit is allowed for non-verified employment. Credit will only be given for full-time work experience (minimum of 35 hours per week) under the supervision of a certified or licensed interior designer, architect or professional engineer. Experience gained under the supervision of a professional engineer shall be reduced by 50% with a maximum of 6 months.




Wisconsin


Website: https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/Professions/InteriorDesigner/Default.aspx

Education + Work Experience Requirements:

  • Complete one of the following required Education/Experience:

    • Graduation from a 5-year interior design or architecture program and have at least one year of practical experience in interior design, OR

    • Graduation from a 4-year interior design or architecture program and have at least 2 years of practical experience in interior design, OR

    • Have completed 3 years of an interior design program and have at least 3 years of practical experience in interior design, OR

    • Graduation from a 2-year interior design program and have at least 4 years of practical experience in interior design.

  • Registered Architect Provision – An individual who is registered as an Architect under Wis. Stats § 443.03, who has graduated from a 4-year architectural program and has at least 6 years of demonstrated practical experience in interior design is eligible to be registered without having to meet the requirements stated above.