Ask Me a Question

Have a question regarding interior design- Don’t ask Google- Ask me.  I don’t profess to know everything about this wideranging profession but if I can’t answer your question I will try to steer you to someone that can.  Okay shoot;

16 responses to “Ask Me a Question

  1. I have heard that NCIDQ is adding an eligibility path based on experience? this change will be annouced this fall 2012? Does anyone have any information about the criteria? thanks!

    • Good Question Burt;
      Following is what I know about the Broadly Experienced Interior Designer program. This is about a year old so I suggest that you call the NCIDQ office (202-721-0220) to see if the BEID has been officially approved and when it will come into affect. HOPE THIS HELPS-

      Much has been written about what NCIDQ has or has not proposed regarding our standards for the Certificate. Let me take this opportunity to clarify. For three years NCIDQ has been investigating the possibility of adding a path to eligibility for the Examination that would accommodate individuals who do not meet our current eligibility requirements but still possess the same competencies as those who meet the current requirements. We are tentatively calling this the “Broadly Experienced Interior Designer” program, or “BEID.”

      1. Nothing has been decided. NCIDQ has charged a task force of volunteers to investigate this possibility. This is something we do with all potential new programs or requirements. We start with research, then build a draft program and then test that program. We are currently conducting a pilot test of this possible new eligibility path. After all steps in our investigation are complete, the NCIDQ Board of Directors will have the options to adopt the new requirements, not adopt them or send work back to the task force for further investigation. At this time, there is no change to our requirements.

      2. NCIDQ’s requirements for the Certificate include meeting an educational standard, meeting an experience standard and meeting an examination standard. Once a person successfully satisfies all three standards he or she is awarded the NCIDQ Certificate. The proposed BEID program is intended to cure educational deficiencies only. In other words, we are looking for a way to qualify individuals who, through many life events, have not had the opportunity to satisfy one of our current educational requirements or cannot adequately document their education. Some examples of the individuals caught in this situation are listed in #6 below.

      3. In order to “cure an educational deficiency” an applicant to NCIDQ will be required to meet a higher standard of proof of interior design competence than anyone who currently applies for eligibility to NCIDQ through our current policies. Therefore, the new requirements, if they ever come into effect, will be a higher standard than any of our current standards. (Not lower, as some have asserted.) The new standard will require every individual who applies under this requirement to demonstrate that he or she has achieved competencies in each CIDA-based standard currently in effect. For current applicants with a CIDA-accredited degree, NCIDQ does not ask to see the work of every graduate to ensure that he or she has met every one of CIDA’s standards for accreditation. It’s possible to earn a CIDA-accredited degree and be a D+ student. NCIDQ’s new requirements, if they come into effect, will require a dossier from applicants that shows how and when they achieved competency in each CIDA standard. This will be a significant commitment for each person who elects to undertake this hurdle toward achieving the NCIDQ Certificate.
      4. NCIDQ makes every effort to not discriminate with all of our standards and requirements. For the Examination, we have policies in place that accommodate candidates with various disabilities that might prevent them from demonstrating their true abilities without accommodations on the test. For the experience requirement, we do not place maximum time frames on when experience can be earned so that we do not discriminate against applicants who have a hard time finding work, or who take time off from their careers for a family. (Some professions do enforce maximum time frames.) With education, we currently allow six different types of degree programs, but we currently can’t accept an applicant who fell one or two semester hours short of meeting our requirements even if he or she was awarded a degree. We also can’t accommodate those who graduated from schools that no longer exist and for whom there is no possibility of getting a transcript.

      5. In doing our research, we learned that many professions have methods for accommodating deficiencies in one or more requirements. In the architecture profession, where we are commonly compared, there are two programs called the “Broadly Experienced Architect” and the “Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect” in the United States. NCIDQ’s member regulatory boards in the U.S. include a dozen joint boards that regulate both interior design and architecture. These members of NCIDQ have asked NCIDQ to investigate a possibility of bringing our requirements into alignment with those of the architecture profession. That is one reason that we began this research.

      6. As noted above, some people who have spent many years working in the interior design profession got there through a variety of means. Here are some examples of individuals who have been denied eligibility to the Examination. We believe that the new program, if it comes into effect, will assist them in becoming eligible for consideration:
      A. Graduated with a degree in “environmental design” in the 1970s when that was a common term to catch all design fields. The school is no longer in business and we cannot get a copy of course descriptions to determine which courses on the transcript were interior design-focused. The transcript does not refer to the courses as “interior design.”

      B. Graduated with a degree in interior design from a school outside the United States or Canada, where “transcripts” as we know them in this country are not issued and no record of an individuals’ coursework is kept by the school, only the award of the degree.

      C. Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interior design from a program not accredited by CIDA and with fewer than 60 semester hours of interior design related coursework. This person could wait and work in the field at least four years (thereby meeting our current requirement for applicants with a 40-semester hour certificate, degree or diploma), but wants to apply after two years of work experience.

      D. Attended a full interior design degree program as an “audit” student, because he or she was never aware that courses not taken for credit would not be counted toward eligibility for NCIDQ.
      7. If this new requirement comes into effect, it will only help applicants cure educational deficiencies. They still have to meet our experience requirements and they still have to take and pass all sections of the NCIDQ Examination before they will be awarded the NCIDQ Certificate.

      8. Finally, NCIDQ’s member regulatory boards will continue to establish their own standards for licensure which may be different than those for the NCIDQ Certificate. This is an opportunity for individuals to gain their NCIDQ Certificate to demonstrate their competencies to clients, employers, and the like. It will not be a guarantee that any particular state or provincial regulatory board will grant this individual the right or privilege to practice within that jurisdiction’s standards, or that any professional association will accept that individual for membership.

      http://www.ncidq.org/pdf/BEID_Statement091311.pdf

  2. Okay smartie pants what is the difference between an interior decorator, an interior designer and an interior architect?

  3. I am not joking.

  4. So this interior decorator, interior designer and interior architect walk into a bar……
    I’m joking…….or am I?

    They all order their drinks…the decorator admires the color of the cocktail, the designer admires the ergonomic quality of the cocktail glass and the interior architect questions the relationship of the cocktail to the architectural character of the bar.

    Badda Boom! Thanks folks I’ll be here all week don’t forget to tip your waitresses- have a good night!

  5. 1. Do you think peoples confusion with interior design and interior decoration will ever go away? And is HGTV all to blame?

    2. Do you think the interior design organizations cater to woman? Lots of events they sponsor are female centered. Also awhile back the IIDA Facebook page posted a link about dressing for an interview. Upon clicking the link it was all for women… Not that I need help dressing myself its just a little alienating.

  6. 1a. No. Design was born from Decoration. The two will always be maternally connected and related. The only way for professional interior designers to distinguish themselves cleanly from decoration is to create a new professional paradigm that has no genetic connection with decoration. Hence the effort to use the term interior architecture to describe what we do and interior architects to describe who we are. I am not willing to go that far…yet. I think the profession can tweak the meaning of ID to provide it’s own identity or branch of the family tree. It will take time.

    1b. No. HGTV is simply reinforcing the interconnectedness of the two occupations explained above because that is the societal understanding/expectation of who we are and what we do. Blaming HGTV for our own identity crisis is like blaming God for our professional misfortunes. We can complain and blame till we are blue in the face- ain’t gonna change a thang. If we had our own network we could probably counter their message but I can barely manage my own blog.

    2. Welcome to my world….Seriously though, it is what it is. Males are the minority in this profession and straight males even more so. Fortunately I like women…and gay men…..but not in the same way I like women….Oh never mind. I do miss the male-centric water cooler discussions though. I am sure if you needed help getting dressed you would find plenty of help.

    Thanks for your support Jason.

  7. I am considering the independent study Interior Design course via NYIAD as a path to CID and doing interior decorating work. While I would like to pursue credentials as an actual interior designer, I am not sure that I am financially able to do a second BA/BS (I have a BA in Psych and an MA in Teaching)…not to mention, my “day job” doesn’t permit time to attend physical classes (100% travel). What is your opinion of the NYIAD course and CID certification?

  8. I know nothing about NYIAD and I consider the CID credential to be worthless. Sorry can’t be of much help here.

  9. I see. I became aware of NYIAD from a Jan 22 reference on this blog. It prompted me to google the school. Thanks for you thoughtful input,lol.

  10. I in no way promoted NYIAD- Just because it is referenced does not mean I promote it.

    Kandra you do not need an education to become an interior decorator nor do you need an education to become a residential designer.

    You can believe those who sell education credits or you can believe somebody who has no vested interest in the subject. Now if you are serious about becoming an interior design professional who needs to be so educated, apprenticed and examined, then yes an education is necessary and NYAID won’t cut it. Don’t know how much clearer I can say it.

  11. I am currently a registered interior designer in the state of Texas, that is planning to relocate to South Carolina. Is there reciprocity? How do I go about becoming a registered interior designer in SC by Dec. 31, 2014?

    Jane Mills
    jane@janemills.com

  12. Hi Michael,

    You’ve basically answered my question about NYIAD in your March reply to Kandra, but you wrote that if someone is “serious about becoming an interior design professional who needs to be so educated, apprenticed and examined, then yes an education is necessary”- could you possibly expand on that?

    Does this mean that the learning theory of interior design is moot, or is it simply that it is a base that can be learned from extensive research, interviews, books on ID, versus a university degree/diploma/online education? Or should not so young people who want to become designers, but have no educational background (like myself), then make the commitment to go back and do a full bachelor’s degree, if we want the education?

    Also -so sorry for all the questions- but what are your thoughts on people entering the ID field as a career now- has it become too saturated? are there going to be fewer opportunities? (I currently live in South East Asia, so maybe it’s a different scenario here).

    Thanks for taking the time to answer!

  13. Hello Ying,
    First NO….. theory is not moot and I believe academia, or higher education, is the logical place to build a foundation of knowledge that includes, theory, history, proper investigative/inquiry and problem solving skills.

    If your goal is to practice Interior Design at the highest level, say in hospitality, retail, healthcare or general commercial interiors, then you will find success much quicker, and make yourself more marketable, if you have the proper education. In the U.S. and some other nations licensure is becoming a factor as well.

    Now there are exceptions to this rule. Many high level designers have learned the trade simply by apprenticeship, perseverance, extreme self promotion skills and a whole lot of luck. But as technology and society become more complicated that pathway is becoming more unlikely.

    Ultimately if your career goal is not to practice at this level then yes it is certainly possible to achieve success without an education.

    As to your last question “has it become too saturated?”. I can only answer if design is your passion and your goal is to help improve peoples lives through the power of design- then no…there is lots of room for you.

    Hope that helps. Great questions. Good Luck

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