“Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a structure. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. Interior designers may provide interior decorating services, but decorators are not qualified to provide interior design services.
One primary difference between the two professions is that interior designers are responsible for the elements that affect the public’s health, safety and welfare. For example, an interior designer can evaluate wall finishes based on durability, acoustic properties, cleanability, flame retardancy, allergens, toxicity and off-gassing properties. An interior decorator can evaluate finishes based only on color, style and texture.” –NCIDQ
What is required to become an Interior Designer with a NCIDQ certificate? Education, experience through employment, and passing the NCIDQ exam. The expense of the NCIDQ exam alone is $1,125. This does not include the cost of schooling, study guides, preparation programs, and practice tests. Once finished with their education and a couple years of experience, an interior designer must first apply to take the exam, once approved they need to provide letters of recommendations, transcripts, and proof of employment. The exam is administered over two full days. Many designers will study for well over a year giving up evenings and weekends for reading and taking sample tests. Those who seek such qualification understand the importance and take pride in their dedication and knowledge. For additional information about Interior Design and the NCIDQ exam please visit: http://www.ncidq.org/