Professional Standards

The Professional Standards set forth by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation are used to evaluate interior design programs that prepare students for entry-level interior design practice and position them for future professional growth. CIDA is firmly committed to setting high standards for interior design education, challenging others to meet and exceed those standards, and seeking ways to continuously elevate and evolve the standards, thus significantly contributing to the advanced professionalism of the interior design field.


Click here to download Professional Standards 2014, effective January 1, 2014

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CIDA Standards Development Project

Quality standards for interior design education offer significant value to the interior design community and the public at large. Standards must be relevant, valid, and reliable in order to serve the purpose of ensuring that interior design graduates are well prepared for entry-level practice. CIDA is currently undertaking a project to develop the next generation of accreditation standards, which are scheduled for implementation in 2017. Community involvement is the cornerstone of the standards development process. Practitioners and educators are the primary stakeholders engaged in dialogue leading to strengthened accreditation standards.

Click here to download the 2013-2015 Standards Development Project Overview

Click here to download the Environmental Scan Summary Report

Click here to express your views by taking the community survey. Deadline March 28

Press release:  Visionaries to establish priorities for future CIDA standards

Press release: World-renowned advocate of design for the public good to speak at CIDA Future Vision

CIDA gratefully acknowledges Future Vision partners and sponsors:



CIDA gratefully acknowledges Standards Development Project sponsors:

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