Certified Interior Designer

Get Certified in Minnesota

Seeking to become a certified interior designer (CID)?
Find below information on the education, examination, experience requirements, as well as application details and forms.

Already licensed or certified as an interior designer in another state?
See the sidebar "Certification by Comity (Reciprocal Certification)."

Licensed in Minnesota as an architect and seeking certification as an interior designer?
See the sidebar "Certified Interior Design Application for MN Licensed Architects."

For general application information relevant to all professions, see Get Licensed.

Initial Certification

Certification as an interior designer in Minnesota is voluntary; however the use of the title "Certified Interior Designer” is restricted to those who have met the requirements in Minnesota statutes and rules.


Education Overview

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. If CIDQ required an education evaluation to determine your eligibility to sit for the exam, as part of your application to the Board for your CID certificate, you must request that the education evaluator send a copy of the evaluation to the Board. See MN Rule 1800.2100 Subp. 2(A) for education details.

Find a CIDA-Accredited Program


Experience Overview

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 the following knowledge areas: (1) project and construction management, which includes preproject management, project management, bidding, construction, and maintenance; (2) inventory and analysis, which includes site inventory, physical analysis, and contextual analysis; (3) design, which includes stakeholder process, master planning, and site design; and (4) grading, drainage, and construction documentation, which includes site preparation plans, general plans and details, specialty plans, and specifications.

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.


Examination Overview

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 Overview

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 no later than 60 days from the date the Board receives all required documentation to complete the application.


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.


Additional Resources


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