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 Only- does not include education.
This option is available to:
- Design individuals who have successfully passed a complete course in interior design through colleges, universities, and approved educational institutions.
- Individuals who have practiced interior design professionally for 5 years or more. Candidates should have work experience in interior design. Hands-on experience in the field of interior design.
Please email RIDQC to find out if your education and or experience qualifies you as a candidate to test for the Residential Interior Design Qualifying Certification Exam.
The New York Institute of Art and Design "NYIAD" has been approved by the Designer Society of America. Students who complete this course are qualified to participate in the RIDQC certification exam.
Residential Interior Designer Education
The "R.I.D.E" Residential Interior Design Education, this program is available to aspiring design individuals who are looking to advance their education in interior design.
Students who successfully complete this course will receive a RIDE Certificate of completion and a free one-year membership to DSA.
CHSP Certification Exam
Certified Home Staging Professional. The Home Staging Certification Exam is available to individuals who are looking to advance their education and career as Home Staging professionals. This certification is offered to individuals who are seeking credentials as a Professional Home Stager.
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.
IDCEC will help you register your CEUs and keep track of them. This company also provides an extensive list of CEUs available across the nation.
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, Formerly of 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.