The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Board of Directors recently undertook a periodic review of all fees charged by CIDA for accreditation. As a result, one change was made in the fee schedule. All accredited programs and applicants are being notified in advance of this fee increase to assist with budget planning.
Two visit fees are charged to programs undergoing site visits to seek or maintain accreditation. One flat fee is charged for administrative costs associated with the site visit and another fee is charged per team member to defray the cost of site visitors’ travel to and from the host city. The site visitor travel fee was last adjusted in 2005. Because costs associated with site visitor travel have increased significantly since 2005, the site visitor travel fee is scheduled to increase from $600 per site visitor to $700 per site visitor effective January 1, 2014. An updated fee schedule is available on the CIDA website under Faculty/Programs, Policy & Procedures, IX Fees.
It is important to note that fee increases are not made without careful consideration. The Board is aware of the modest budgets available to many programs and the constant financial pressure on higher education as a whole. CIDA continuously seeks and implements cost-savings in its own operations in order to maintain a balanced budget. Currently, fees from programs cover approximately 70% of the annual operating budget. The CIDA Board must seek the remaining funds from other sources each year.
All CIDA Accreditation policy and procedural documents, including program fees, are available on the CIDA website under Faculty/Programs, Policy and Procedure. If you have any questions about accreditation policy and procedure, please contact .