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Download "Designing Your Space" to learn more about hiring and working with an interior designer.

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The ASID Credential

ASID membership eligibility requires that Allied and Professional members complete an established minimum of interior design education. The ASID professional track provides a pathway for Allied Members to advance to Professional membership* and each level of membership is a progressive step towards professionalism. Once achieving specific years of work experience, Allied Members can take the NCIDQ Examination and upon passage, can advance to ASID Professional Member status. As of January 2008, members are also required to take a minimum of 0.6 CEU’s to maintain their membership.

In addition,  many states (and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) have helped to take the guess work out of finding a qualified designer by requiring a certain amount of education and experience and passage of the NCIDQ exam before a designer can become certified, registered or licensed in that state.  A list of state regulations can be found here; if your state is not listed it has not yet passed legislation.

There is an added confidence in working with an ASID member.  All members must agree to abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.  To maintain their membership, they are required to conduct themselves and their businesses ethically, always respectful of their clients, suppliers, the profession and their colleagues.  At all times, members must keep the health, safety and welfare of the public in mind when designing a space.  You can read or download the ASID Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct here.

To locate an ASID member to help you with your project, consult the ASID Referral Service.

If you experience a problem working with an ASID member, follow the Procedures for Filing an Ethics Complaint.

*Professional Members who have joined or advanced to Professional membership since 1994 have met all of the education, experience and examination requirements.

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