To become a Member of the Interior Designer’s Institute of British Columbia, individuals must meet standards set by IDIBC. These standards include specific education, experience and examination requirements.

Find out more about IDIBC membership categories and how to apply here.

EDUCATION

Standards are changing for minimum education requirements. Two and Three year interior design diploma programs will be phased out and four year interior design degree programs will become the minimum education standard. Individuals who have graduated from a two or three year diploma program before January 1, 2015 must join IDIBC by December 31, 2014. Individuals who graduate from a two or three year diploma program after January 1, 2015, will not meet the minimum standard.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirement
As of January 1, 2015, a four year interior design degree will be the minimum education requirement. Individuals who have graduated with a non-CIDA accredited bachelor’s degree before January 1, 2017, must join IDIBC by December 31, 2016.

CIDA Accredited Bachelor’s Degree Requirement
As of January 1, 2017, a bachelor’s degree in interior design that has been accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) will be the minimum education requirement. Individuals who graduate from a bachelor’s degree program that is not CIDA accredited after January 1, 2017, will not meet the minimum standard. For more information on CIDA see here.

SUPERVISED WORK EXPERIENCE

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

EXAMINATION

Intern members who have met the education and experience requirements must complete the final step to become an interior designer: examination. The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) is the recognized examination body throughout North America. The NCIDQ examinations test that an applicant has the knowledge and experience necessary to create interior spaces that are functional and safe.

The NCIDQ examination consists of two multiple choice sections and a drawing practicum, all focused on health, safety and welfare. While interior designers must possess knowledge in many areas, such as accounting, human resources and aesthetics, the NCIDQ examination tests knowledge in only those areas that relate to health, safety and welfare.

Section 1 of the exam can be challenged before completion of supervised work experience.
Sections 2 and 3 must be written after completing supervised work experience. For more information on NCIDQ see here.

To identify the amount of qualified work experience required for those who meet the above education standards and timelines, please click here for a copy of the Education, Experience and Examination Requirements Chart on the Interior Designers Canada website.