What is an Interior Designer?

The profession of interior design requires specialized education, knowledge, qualification, and training and extends far beyond aesthetic concerns to matters of public health, safety, and welfare.

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).

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.

Interior Designers:

  • 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