Build Your Career with ASID
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Let ASID Guide Your Interior Design Career

ASID helps interior designers succeed as they progress through their careers from student to principal, partner, and owner. Career path opportunities for interior designers are abundant impacting places where people live, work, play, heal, and learn. Options include working in a design firm or even starting a business.


Career opportunities for interior designers are abundant and impacts the places where people live, work, play, heal, and learn. Being knowledgeable in current trends and approaches will help you effectively design project solutions to meet your client’s needs. Initially, many interior designers start out concentrating within a design specialty or market sector, such as the hospitality or healthcare industries. Some designers also focus within a particular subspecialty within a market sector such as designing restaurants (hospitality) or senior living facilities (healthcare). Then there is also the recent gravitation to cross-specialty practice, where the integration of a mix of best practices and products from a range of design specialties come together to create the best design solutions. ASID provides you with the navigational beacons that feed your design interests to build a successful career in the interior design profession.


ASID provides learning opportunities at each career stage allowing interior designers with various backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to learn together whether in a virtual or in-person setting. ASID also celebrates the accomplishments of interior designers throughout their careers through Awards and Competitions.


If you are currently enrolled in an interior design education program, ASID provides a variety of resources that can enhance your understanding of how design impacts lives. Gain access to subject matter experts, mentors, and firm leaders to help you launch your career.

  • ASID Student Chapters
  • ASID National Student Portfolio Competition
  • ASID Academy Resources
  • GATHER Special Student Sessions


Interior designers within +/-5 years of professional practice are beginning to define their career. During this career stage, the interior designer’s path is self-defined with opportunities to pursue advanced education, certifications, and specialties.

  • ASID Onboard by Design Emerging Professional Certificate
  • Success x Design Educational Model
  • ASID Academy Courses
  • ASID Ones to Watch Scholars Program
  • ASID Chapter Awards
  • Certifications and Credentials


Interior designers within this career stage are generally leading organizations and shaping the future of the profession. Common activities within this career stage include balancing the future vision with the daily demands of the firm or company and refining and perfecting subject matter expertise. The focus can range from providing mentorship to advocacy actions for the good of the profession.

  • ASID Chapter Leadership Training
  • Advocate x Design Council
  • ASID National Committees
  • ASID Foundation and Research Grants
  • GATHER – The National Conference by ASID


Description. Begin your journey through higher education. Choose the college or university program that best supports your needs. Learn more about the programs and resources that ASID provides students.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and internationally. For more than 35 years, this knowledge-driven organization has been passionately committed to the ongoing enrichment of the interior design profession through identifying, developing and promoting quality standards for the education of entry-level interior designers, and then encouraging, accrediting and supporting educational programs to aspire to those standards.



Value of lifelong learning. Reason for IDCEC. Learn more about continuing education and learning resources available from ASID.


International Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC)

IDCEC provides learning opportunities and registry services to design professionals under one platform. As a founding and core member of IDCEC, all ASID practitioner members receive access to the IDCEC registry and dashboard. ASID Chapters receive discounted rates for course submissions. ASID Industry Partners receive a discounted rate as first time IDCEC course providers.