DSA recognizes and has approved the following educational programs for the field of Residential Interior Design.

The RIDQC Certification Exam

The RIDQC Interior Design Certification Exam is available to design individuals who have completed a course in interior design or have practiced interior design for 7 years or more. The RIDQC Certification is for those who have completed a course or currently working in the field of interior design. The RIDQC is a certification exam for those seeking credentials.

Residential Interior Designer Education

The "R.I.D.E" Residential Interior Design Education, program is available to aspiring design individuals who are looking to advance their education in interior design. The "RIDE" Education includes a course and the certification. 


CONTINUING EDUCATION. SHAPING THE FUTURE.

Continuing education strengthens the interior design profession by improving individual attitudes, competencies, knowledge and skills in specific subject areas essential to interior design.


Learning experiences focus on the individual and involve activities that encompass thinking, doing and reflection. In interior design, a select number of continuing education units (CEUs) may be required over a designated period of time by a professional organization or by legal registration through a particular jurisdiction.

There is a company that will help you register your CEUs and keep track of them. This company also provides an extensive list of CEUs available across the nation.


https://www.idcec.org/Pages/Forms/Public/About/About.aspx
https://www.idcec.org/pages/forms/public/Registry/RegistryBase.aspx?category=learner


Professor Lydia Kimler on the importance of professional certification.


FROM A PROFESSOR

"Taking the RIDQC (Residential Interior Design Qualification Certification) or the RIDE (Residential Interior Design Exam) is an essential conclusion to a rigorous course of study. The exam validates the knowledge base of the newly trained residential interior designer. Many professionals have mandatory exams which must be passed before the new doctor, teacher, lawyer, nurse, etc. can practice the craft for which the individual is trained. By voluntarily taking the RIDQC, the candidate for certification is demonstrating a high level of professionalism. This nationally recognized exam gives the residential interior designer a prestigious credential that gives flexibility in the marketplace and expands the horizons for the new professional. After all the hard work and training in an extensive course of study, why not take the RIDQC?"

LYDIA KIMLER, M.S., NBCT, DSA

INTERIOR DESIGN INSTRUCTOR, ERWIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

LYDIA KIMLER RECEIVED HER MASTER'S DEGREE IN INTERIOR DESIGN FROM FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY IN 1981. SHE HAS OWNED HER OWN CONSULTING BUSINESS AND HAS WORKED AS A DESIGNER FOR A LOCAL DESIGN STUDIO. SHE HAS TAUGHT DESIGN FOR HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND NOW FOCUSES FULL-TIME ON TEACHING INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES FOR ERWIN TECHNICAL CENTER.