North American educational standards are set by CIDA, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. These standards address what students must learn to become professional interior designers. Programs that voluntarily meet CIDA requirements are considered to be reliable and to offer quality interior design education. The standards also address curriculum structure, faculty, facilities and other important elements necessary in interior design learning environments.
As of January 2015: note that interior design standards in most provinces have changed.
For new applicants and students currently enrolled, check with your provincial association to ensure that your program meets the standards upon graduation.
As of 2017: programs recognized by CIDA will become the minimum education standard across Canada, with the exception of Quebec.
Once enrolled in a program, the emerging interior designer can apply to be a Student member with their provincial interior design association. When choosing a school, students should consider one that is not only a good fit for them socially, but one that complies with the requirements of their provincial association. Note that as of January 2015, interior design standards in most provinces have changed. Read about the changing standards.
Already a student? Learn more about Student membership with IDC.