Professional interior designers receive training on building technology, ergonomics, environmental issues, and local building and fire codes, in addition to studying design fundamentals. They bring together technical expertise and a comprehensive understanding of design to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces.

In British Columbia, a professional interior designer has successfully completed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam and is actively involved in the field of interior design. Members of the IDIBC such may use the title Registered Interior Designer (RID).

With this combination of training, experience, and examination, a professional interior designer’s role is to:

  • Analyze clients’ needs, goals, and life and safety requirements
  • Integrate findings with knowledge of interior design
  • Formulate preliminary design concepts that are aesthetic, appropriate, functional, and in accordance with codes and standards
  • Develop and present final design recommendations
  • Prepare working drawings and specifications for non-load-bearing interior construction, reflected ceiling plans, lighting, interior detailing, materials, finishes, space planning, furnishings, fixtures, and equipment in compliance with universal accessibility guidelines and all applicable codes
  • Collaborate with other licensed practitioners in the technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and load-bearing design as required for regulatory approval
  • Prepare and administer bids and contract documents as the client’s agent
  • Review and evaluate design solutions during implementation and upon completion