Education – 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