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.

We offer a study groups twice a year for those studying for their NCIDQ.

Starting 8/3/22, Fall NCIDQ study sessions will take place every Wednesday @ 6PM until 10/26. (In-person & zoom) RSVP:

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


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.


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.

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


The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and internationally. For more than 35 years, this knowledge-driven organization has been passionately committed to the ongoing enrichment of the interior design profession through identifying, developing and promoting quality standards for the education of entry-level interior designers, and then encouraging, accrediting and supporting educational programs to aspire to those standards.

CIDA is always looking for qualified practitioners and educators who are interested in serving as site visitors to interior design programs seeking accreditation. Being a CIDA site visitor is an enriching opportunity that involves interacting with students and meeting new colleagues.

For more information about CIDA and how you can be involved, click here.