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Credentials and Certifications

Interior designers can differentiate themselves and demonstrate their professionalism through certifications and credentials.

The appropriate credential can set an interior designer apart in the marketplace, demonstrate proof of expertise, and show support for advancing the profession.


Interior designers distinguish themselves to clients, policymakers, and the general public by earning the NCIDQ Certification – the standard for professional interior designers.

NCIDQ Certification gives the interior designer a sense of personal achievement and contributes not only to the individual’s professional recognition, but also to the recognition of the profession. Interior designers must demonstrate a specific set of competencies, supported by supervised work experience and a college degree, to earn the NCIDQ Certification.


Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ)

The Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) administers the NCIDQ Examination, the broad-based exam for all interior designers. NCIDQ Certification is required for the practice of many types of interior design in regulated jurisdictions throughout North America. Certification enables designers to easily validate their knowledge, experience and skill to employers and clients alike.


Passing the NCIDQ Examination provides interior designers with peer recognition and promotes public acceptance through awareness of a profession with certified practitioners.

ASID Member Benefits

NCIDQ Exam Prep by ASID: ASID has identified several NCIDQ Examination prep resources for our members. ASID members receive preferred pricing with certain partners.

ASID Professional Membership: All interior designers who have passed the NCIDQ are eligible to become an ASID Professional Member.

Member Dues: If you are already an ASID member and pass the NCIDQ Examination, your first-year dues as a Professional Member (a $535 value) are waived.


We’re not designing places to live. We’re designing how we live.

Leading research demonstrates that the way our buildings are designed, constructed, and maintained has a profound impact on how we live. When we design our buildings, we define how we sleep, what we eat and how we feel throughout the day. ASID is dedicated to leading the conversation on integrating health and wellness in the built environment. Learn to leverage your design talents to foster healthier lives by becoming a WELL AP.

International WELL Building Institute

International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)

Administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)™, the WELL Building Standard® is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness.


The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) denotes expertise in the WELL Standard (WELL), a library of evidence-based building and organizational strategies that can improve the health and well-being of people everywhere.

ASID Member Benefit

Exam Discount: Through a partnership with IWBI, ASID members receive a discount on registration for the WELL AP exam.

Full Price: $299 USD | ASID Members receive 15% off!


Many interior designers choose to pursue other certifications and degrees to demonstrate their advanced knowledge.