What is the CIDQ, and why hire a Registered Interior Designer?

The Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ), is an organization of regulatory boards and provincial associations in the United States and Canada whose core purpose is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design.  Completion of the NCIDQ Examination recognizes that an individual has met minimum competency standards for the practice of interior design.

With the passing of Bill Pr6 in 1999, Registered Interior Designers (CIDQ) who are members of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) have exclusive use of the title Interior Designer in the province of Ontario.  Any person in Ontario who is not a CIDQ registered member of ARIDO is guilty of an offence if he or she uses the title Interior Designer or the designation ARIDO.

In order to become registered, a designer must have completed a post-secondary interior design program from an accredited institution, followed by 5,280 hours of qualified work experience with an Architecture or Interior Design Firm before they can qualify to write the IDFX, IDPX, and Practicum Examinations.  Upon successful completion of these exams a designer becomes registered with the Council.

A Registered Interior Designer is able to demonstrate proficient knowledge of building systems, codes, construction standards, contract administration, design application, professional practice and project coordination, which gives clients added confidence in the caliber of work from CIDQ certified designers.


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