CIDA Accredited Programs:
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), formerly known as FIDER, is a specialized accrediting agency, accrediting interior design programs at colleges and universities in North America.
Refer to CIDA's website
to see if a particular interior design program is accredited.
NSBAIDRD's Interior Design Program Review
Substantially Equivalent Programs:
Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) Alternative Review Program (ARP)
This option is available to applicants who have the same competencies as measured by the traditional application path but took an unconventional route to gain experience and education. Applicants for this program must have a minimum of five years work experience in interior design and must be able to document competencies based on current CIDA standards in specific areas. Visit CIDQ's website for more information on the ARP.
Applicants with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in interior design who did not graduate from a CIDA accredited program may apply to NSBAIDRD to have their educational program evaluated to determine if it is substantially equivalent to a CIDA accredited program. These applicants may apply under one of two provisions:
- Any applicant may choose to have his/her education evaluated by the board on an education-only basis. By statute, the board may only look at the applicant’s curriculum and student work under this provision. There is a $300 processing fee due upon application.
RID Non-CIDA Education Application
- Applicants who graduated more than five years ago may use work experience to supplement deficiencies in their educational program. These applicants will be evaluated under the same standards as those applying under the first provision. There is a $300 processing fee due upon application.