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International Interior Design Association

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Toll Free: 888 799 4432
International: +01 312 467 1950

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find answers to some of your most frequently asked questions here.


Who is IIDA?

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is the Commercial Interior Design Association with a global reach. We support design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms and their clients through our network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. We advocate for advancements in education, design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of Interior Design as a profession that enhances business value and positively impacts the health and well-being of people’s lives every day. Learn about the IIDA history and mission statement.


What type of Memberships does IIDA have?

IIDA has Membership opportunities for every career level including Students, Designers, Architects, Educators, Manufacturers and Representatives. Visit Membership  for information about the different categories.

Current IIDA Members

What is my Membership ID number? Where do I update my information? What is my username/password?

The IIDA Staff is here to assist you. Call the Headquarters Office at 888-799-4432 or visit the Member’s Login page on the IIDA website. As an IIDA Member you have access to your Member Profile page, which lists your Member number and status. If you have forgotten your logon information you can use the Password Reminder link.

How do I change my Chapter, City Center or Forum Selections?

You can make changes to Chapter and City Center assignments in your Member Profile. Follow up with your local IIDA Chapter to make sure that they change your information, too.

How do I upgrade my Membership?

Students may upgrade to Associate status after graduation. Associate Members can upgrade to a Professional Membership after passing the NCIDQ, ARE or NCARB exams. Find out more in IIDA Membership.

How do I pay my dues?

Members can pay their dues under their Member Profile.

Interior Design/Definition, Careers or Programs

What is an Interior Designer?

A Professional Interior Designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces.

Can you recommend an Interior Design School or Program? Where can I find a list of accredited programs?

IIDA, in conjunction with ASID, CIDA, IDC, IDEC and NCIDQ, has established the Careers in Interior Design website that will help answer many questions regarding the Interior Design profession.

What are the requirements to become a certified designer?

Certification and licensing can vary from state to state. Take a look at IIDA Advocacy for information on requirements in your state.

What is NCIDQ?

The National Council for Interior Design Qualification, NCIDQ, serves to identify to the public those interior designers who have met the minimum standards for professional practice by passing the NCIDQ examination. Visit the NCIDQ website for information on their examination requirements, dates and locations.

Do you offer any NCIDQ Study Courses?

Some of the IIDA local Chapters conduct study groups or have study guides and/or materials available. Please visit IIDA Chapter Central to locate your Chapter VP of Professional Development.

Professional Development / Continuing Education

Where can I find CEU programs?

CEUs are offered in a variety of venues. To locate programs in your area, use the IIDA Calendar.

How do I submit a program for CEU accreditation?

Send course materials to the Interior Design Continuing Education Council, IDCEC. IDCEC serves as a central clearinghouse for the sharing of CEU information, approval and registration. To learn about the submission and review process, visit IDCEC.