CIDQ Member Boards

Professional licensing and regulations protects the health and safety of the public from fraudulent, unqualified, and unethical practitioners.  Each jurisdiction has its own specific rules for regulatory compliance.  CIDQ strongly encourages interior design practitioners to be fully knowledgeable and in compliance with the requirements of the states and provinces in which they practice.  The State/Provincial Regulatory/Licensing Organizations link here provides a list with hyperlinks to CIDQ Member Boards websites. For specific a list of CIDQ member board delegates, alternate delegates, executive directors and/or staff representatives, please see the CIDQ Member Boards List below.
CIDQ supports policies and legislation that enable interior designers to practice to the full extent of their capabilities by administering a rigorous, objective exam that assesses the professional competency of interior designers to practice in keeping with such policies and legislation to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.
CIDQ's membership is made up of U.S. state boards and Canadian provincial associations that regulate the profession of interior design.  Member Boards are represented on the CIDQ Council of Delegates by an appointed delegate, who is responsible for keeping open lines of communication and a regular flow of information between CIDQ and the regulatory body that s/he represents.  
​CIDQ Member Boards receive the following benefits:
  • Access to NCIDQ Certified designers in their jurisdiction.
  • The ability to admit candidates to the exam for registration or licensure who meet the jurisdiction's requirements.
  • The ability to authorize candidates to retake the exam when a state requires it for licensure.
  • Networking opportunities with fellow Member Boards.
  • Invitation to the CIDQ Annual Meeting.
To discuss membership for your jurisdiction, contact CIDQ CEO Thom Banks at or call 202.721.0220.

Legislative Map

Approximately 40 states and provinces have some level of legislation in place related to the regulation of the interior design profession. 

With the joint efforts of CIDQ, the Member Boards, interior design coalitions, and professional interior design organization,

more progressive advances will be made on both the federal and local levels in the future.

Updated 8/25/2020