Certification as an interior designer in Minnesota is voluntary; however the use of the title "Certified Interior Designer” (or "CID") is restricted to those who have met the requirements in Minnesota statutes and rules.
In general, applicants for certification must hold a bachelor's degree in interior design from a program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) or its equivalent. See MN Rule 1800.2100 Subp. 2(A) for details.
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You must provide evidence that you meet the qualifying experience requirements. Experience must be diversified in the practice of interior design for public spaces and include all ten of the following knowledge areas: (1) space planning; (2) building code research and analysis; (3) programming; (4) schematic design and design development; (5) preparation of construction documents; (6) cost estimating; (7) specification of building materials and finishes; (8) specification of furnishings, fixtures, and equipment; (9) bidding/negotiating procedures; and (10) construction administration.
Experience must be under the direct supervision of a certified interior designer, NCIDQ certificate holder, licensed architect, or (if earned prior to June 1, 2013) an interior designer.
Initial applicants will need two years of qualifying experience. Reciprocal/comity applicants should refer to MN Rule 1800.2100 Subp. 2(B) to determine the amount of qualifying experience they need.
Use the Experience Reference form, which is part of the CID Application packet, to report your experience. You must customize and send a copy to every supervisor verifying your experience. The completed form must be sent by the supervisor directly to the Board. An example of a completed Experience Reference form is in the "Additional Resources" section.
Applicants must pass all three sections of the National Council for Interior Design Qualifation Examination (NCIDQ). CIDQ requires applicants to have completed CIDQ's education and experience requirements prior to applying.
Examination Application, Deadlines, & Cost
Apply directly to CIDQ to sit for the exam. CIDQ offers the NCIDQ in the spring and fall each year. See their website for more information on dates, deadlines and fees. Exam fees are set by and paid to CIDQ.
How to Register for the NCIDQ
Certification Application Form
The application packet provides a wealth of information regarding the application process, including links to Minnesota rules and statutes and relevant associated websites (such as CIDQ). We encourage you to thoroughly review the instructions and the forms.
Certified Interior Designer Application
Certification Application Deadline
You may apply for certification at any time after you have completed the education, experience and examination requirements summarized aboved. Applications are reviewed on Board meeting days, which occur approximately eight times per year (see calendar).
Certification Application Cost
No fee is due at the time of application. If your application is approved, the Board will notify you by mail and request you submit the certification fee, which is $120.
Note: You are not certified and cannot use the title "Certified Interior Designer" until the Board processes your certification.
Regardless of when obtained, your certificate expires June 30th of every even-numbered year.
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