Sometimes confused with the occupation of interior decorating, professional interior designers can be distinguished by their successful fulfillment of several criteria including:
- Education (minimum 4 year’s of education in interior design and/or architecture),
- Experience (minimum three years practice in the field in Nova Scotia), and
- Examination (NCIDQ Examination and Certification which includes verifying competent application of building systems, codes, and construction standards).
- Must be a Registered Member or Non-Resident Registered Member of IDNS.
- Carries liability insurance
- Participates in ongoing professional development
- Upholds a professional code of ethics and standard of practice
Abbreviated Definition of Interior Design:
Interior design includes:
- Analysis, planning, design, documentation, and management of interior non-structural/non-seismic construction and renovation projects
oEnsuring compliance with applicable building design and construction, fire, life-safety, and energy codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines for the purpose of obtaining a building permit, as allowed by law.
- Must be qualified by means of education, experience, and examination.
- Have a moral and ethical responsibility to protect consumers and occupants through the design of code-compliant, accessible, and inclusive interior environments that address well-being, while considering the complex physical, mental, and emotional needs of people.
Official definition of Interior Design developed by CIDQ, Council for Interior Design Qualification: Click here