Professional Development

Understanding the value of continuing education and research has been the mainstay of IIDA since its inception. Educated practitioners make informed, safe, and creative decisions, which affect us all. Educational programs serve as a creative outlet to promote awareness regarding pertinent issues within the practice of Interior Design.


The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) serves to identify to the public those interior designers who have met the minimum standards for professional practice by passing the NCIDQ Examination. The core purpose of NCIDQ is to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design.

Please click here for more information about certification, licensure, and exams.

We offer a study groups twice a year for those studying for their NCIDQ (Please check calendar for date/time).

To learn more or if you have any questions, please reach out to the Professional Development team:

 IIDA Headquarters provides exam reimbursement through the form of an annual drawing. Once you pass all 3 exams you can apply for the scholarship. An IIDA Intermountain member has been awarded exam reimbursement every year since our chapter was founded – this year that person could be you!



In accordance with our mission statement, the IIDA Southwest Chapter supports members in their pursuit of NCIDQ certification by offering study groups and classes.

IIDA SW is now hosting our bi-annual NCIDQ study group for Spring of 2024!

Please email for more information.

Continuing Education (CEUs)

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.  IIDA Professional and Associate Members are required to complete and report 1.0 CEU (10 hours) of Continuing Education every two years. All Professional and Associate Members (active and inactive) including Educators, IIDA Fellows and Chapter Officers must adhere to IIDA compliance requirements.  To verify the current compliance period, click here.  IIDA accepts all IDCEC approved courses.  For more information about IDCEC, click here.