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

Click here to download 2014 Standards Essays

Click here to download Professional Standards 2017, effective January 1, 2017. Programs that are scheduled for site visits in spring 2017 and beyond will be reviewed under Professional Standards 2017.

An essay was added to support content within Professional Standards 2017. Click here to download the 2017 Standards Essays.

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