Become an Interior Designer

An Interior Designer is qualified by education, experience and examination to design functional, safe and beautiful interior environments in an ethical and environmentally responsible manner. Interior Designers integrate diverse knowledge, both technical and theoretical, to design interior spaces that enhance human comfort, creativity and productivity.

Interior Designers work on projects in a diverse range that include commercial offices, residential, food and hospitality, health care, retail and institutional, just to name a few.

Some of the services an interior designer can provide include:

  • analyse client needs, goals and context, both social and environmental;
  • develop a program based on information gathered;
  • integrate program information with knowledge of interior design to create preliminary   design concepts;
  • develop design concepts from preliminary through to final designs integrating client input;
  • present design recommendations through various presentation media, both visual and written;
  • prepare contract drawings and documents for interior construction as well as furnishings and equipment;
  • collaborate with other related professionals such as architects, engineers, exhibit designers, graphic designers, etc. to create fully integrated projects;
  • adhere to building, fire, accessibility and other applicable codes and submit contract documents to building officials for approval;
  • administer tendering processes for construction and/or furniture and equipment as clients representative;
  • provide site inspections during construction and monitor contractors progress to ensure a high quality result;
    conduct post occupancy evaluations.

Besides working in an interior design firm, Interior Designers are employed in a variety of other work environments including architectural firms, government offices, health care facilities, financial institutes and numerous facilities departments in larger corporations.

Mandatory Requirements

To be registered, interior designers, architects and engineers are to:

  • Carry liability insurance.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development.
  • Uphold a professional code of ethics and standards of practice.

Educational Requirements

To be eligible for membership with IDNS, you must attend a professional level interior design program that is offered through a post-secondary institution. This program has to have current accreditation with the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

IDNS has a minimal requirement of the successful completion of a four-year professional level program at an accredited institute. Several of the accredited institutes also offer a four-year Bachelor degree in Interior Design and one in Canada offers a Masters Degree in Interior Design. This is then followed by an additional three-years of supervised on the job experience.

IDNS does not accredit interior design programs. Rather, the Association uses an independent, non-profit accrediting organization, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, who review and accredit interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Students enrolled in an accredited interior design program can be confident that the program meets the quality standards recognized by the profession and can be ensured that they will receive an education that will properly prepare them for a future career in the interior design profession.

Refer to the Council for Interior Design Accreditation website for a list of the current accredited institutes or if you would like further information on this organization.