Why Hire an NCIDQ Certified Designer?
The right mix of specialists on a project can save you time and money—and reduce your liability as well. Make sure you require the same level of competence from your interior designers as you do from the architectural, engineering and other building professionals on your team.
All NCIDQ certified designers have been educated, trained and examined to protect public health, safety and welfare. When you hire an NCIDQ Certified Designer, you hire a professional with proven knowledge, experience and proficiency in the interior design principles of protecting the public health, safety and welfare.
CIDQ is composed of U.S. and Canadian regulatory boards—and we take our responsibility to protect the public seriously. NCIDQ Certified Designers have completed a minimum of six years of specialized education and experience and passed a rigorous, two-day exam based on CIDQ’s independent, comprehensive analysis of the profession and the daily practice of interior designers in a range of settings.
The NCIDQ Certification meets the interior design profession’s legal and regulatory standards established by over half of the U.S. states and Canadian provinces. That makes NCIDQ Certification the highest qualification in the industry.
Differences Between Interior Design & Decorating
Many people use the terms “interior design” and “interior decorating” interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways.
Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.
Interior designers apply creative and technical solutions within a structure that are functional, attractive and beneficial to the occupants’ quality of life and culture. Designs respond to and coordinate with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability.
The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology—including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process—to satisfy the needs and resources of the client.
Many U.S. states and Canadian provinces have passed laws requiring interior designers to be licensed or registered—documenting their formal education and training—and many of them specifically require that all practicing interior designers earn the NCIDQ certification to demonstrate their experience and qualifications. By contrast, interior decorators require no formal training or licensure.
How Interior Designers Protect the Public
A qualified interior designer is a key asset to any building construction team, lending knowledge and taking responsibility for critical features that protect public health, safety and welfare. Interior designers provide expertise for:
CIDQ created the Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) Tour to illustrate just how the choices of NCIDQ Certified Designers shape interior design and furnishings—from fire-rated doors to wheelchair-accessible lavatory sinks—to comply with building codes and the ADA.
Original content supplied by the NCIDQ Exam website: ncidqexam.org
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