Be a certified interior designer

BE A CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGNER

STEP 1: HAVE RECOGNIZED EDUCATION

To practice interior design, you must have completed a college or university program. The duration of the courses at the collegiate level varies, however the APDIQ only considers candidates who have completed a full training course, that is to say 1965 hours in interior design and 860 hours in general education.

The CEGEPS (general and vocational colleges) constitute the first level of higher education in Quebec, the second being university. The colleges offers two types of programs: technical graduate programs (3 years) which are primarily designed for the labor market, although they also provide access to the university and pre-university programs (2 years) preparing for university studies.

Both types of programs lead to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC).

STEP 2: OBTAIN NCIDQ EXAM 

To qualify for a “APDIQ Certified Interior Designer” license you must successfully complete the North American Interior Design Qualification Test, the NCIDQ examination. Getting it means meeting the highest standard in the profession.

The test consists of three parts, the first one can be completed upon leaving school, the next two requiring 3 years of supervised practice. It covers all aspects of the interior design practice that affect public health, safety and well-being of users, in addition to knowledge tests of professional business practice as well as construction management.

For more information : https://www.apdiq.com/espace-membre/examen-du-ncidq-2/

STEP 3: USE THE CERTIFICATION MARK

To obtain this reserved title is to be recognized as a qualified professional in his field. Once you have completed the first two steps, you will qualify as an “APDIQ® Certified Interior Designer”. Only members in good standing of the Association may obtain the right to use the certification mark. Non-members must first adhere to the APDIQ and then obtain a license to use the APDIQ in which they undertake in writing to respect the quality standards associated with the certification mark.

STEP 4: FOLLOW CONTINUING EDUCATION

Given the pace and magnitude of change in the design field, designers must continuously maintain, update, enhance and deepen their knowledge and skills related to the areas of activity in which they work. Thus, each professional must follow a continuing education program.