CIDA seeks input from community stakeholders on the first draft of Professional Standards 2017

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) invites community comment on the first draft of Professional Standards 2017. Stakeholder input is needed to refine and validate the educational expectations for interior design graduates entering the field in 2017 and beyond. Interior design educators, practitioners, employers, students, and members of allied fields are key stakeholders whose input is valuable to CIDA’s standards development process.

Throughout 2013 and 2014, CIDA has been deeply engaged in gathering information about dynamics and trends influencing the future of interior design practice and higher education and in validating the impact of those trends. In fall 2014, a group of leaders gathered to analyze the environmental scan findings and forecasted implications for professional-level interior design higher education in a day and a half session called Future Vision.

The first draft of Professional Standards 2017 reflects this two-year process of research and analysis. Now community consultation is the next step in developing a final proposed set of standards. The slated period for review of the current draft standards is April 15 through June 16. Standards will then be refined with consideration to stakeholder comments and the next period of public review will span from August to October 2015. CIDA anticipates that final standards will be adopted in December 2015 and implemented beginning just over a year later on January 1, 2017.

The CIDA standards development project is at a critical point requiring community input. We know that stakeholders agree that future interior design graduates should not only be prepared with the knowledge required for entry-level practice, but also with a foundation that poises them to be highly valued contributors well into the future. Community input is necessary to refine the elements of this vision and ensure that the quality thresholds CIDA describes are relevant and valid expectations appropriately calibrated to professional-level interior design education,” states CIDA Board Chair Pamela Evans, Ph.D., FIDEC, IIDA.

The first draft of CIDA Professional Standards 2017 is available for review and comment at: CIDA Standards Development. Comments must be received in the CIDA office no later than June 16, 2015.

CIDA gratefully acknowledges CIDA standards development project sponsors The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the ASID Foundation, the IIDA Foundation, the Interior Designers of Canada, Interior Design Media, and Steelcase.

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