For the Public

Experience

Following formal education, the next phase of an interior designer’s career is supervised work experience. An internship program is required to supplement design education and help enhance development as a professional. Before settling on a particular area of expertise, internships can be effective transitions between formal education and professional practice for emerging professionals to gain a broad range of work experience in multiple design sectors.

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

If the supervisor does not meet one of the above criteria, a percentage of hours worked will still be counted towards mandatory supervised work experience. Please refer to the bottom portion of this requirements chart or to the NCIDQ chart.



INTERN MEMBERSHIP

At this point in an interior designer’s career path, the emerging interior designer can apply to their provincial interior design association as an Intern member. This status lets the public know that they are still transitioning to professional status and that they have not yet written the interior design qualification examination.

Currently gaining your experience? Click here to learn more about Intern membership with IDC.

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