Interior Design Experience Program (IDEP)

What is IDEP?

The career path of a professional interior designer involves formal education, qualified work experience and the NCIDQ Examination. State licensing boards and provincial associations require proof of high-quality, diversified interior design experience for licensure and/or registration, and qualified work experience is required for the NCIDQ Examination as well. The Interior Design Experience Program (IDEP) is a monitored, documented experience program administered by the NCIDQ to help entry-level professionals obtain a broad range of quality professional experience.

IDEP provides a structure for the essential transition between formal education and professional practice, recognizing the differences between classroom and workplace. The program develops competency in interior design practice by:

  • Promoting the acquisition of professional discipline, skills and knowledge.
  • Validating experience through consistent documentation.
  • Providing an instrument for quantifying work experience for licensing and future career opportunities.
  • Developing career-networking relationships between entry-level designers, work supervisors and experienced mentors.
  • Preparing participants for the NCIDQ Examination.
  • Enhancing the professionalism of the practice of interior design.

IDEP creates value for participants, employers and mentors by facilitating the development of competent interior designers who can provide exemplary interior design services and work as individuals or members of teams of professionals involved in the design of the built environment.

To download the IDEP brochure, click here.

Why participate in IDEP?

IDEP provides a complete and balanced “curriculum” for the first years of work after graduation. Key benefits include:

  • Two or three years—depending on the length of your design education—of critical experience targeted to your specialty area.
  • Help in preparing for the NCIDQ Examination and licensure/registration.
  • Development of your professional network through mentorship and greater workplace participation.

Guide for Supervisors and Mentors

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