The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), formerly known as FIDER, is a specialized accrediting agency, accrediting interior design programs at colleges and universities in North America.
For more information, or to see if a particular interior design program is accredited, refer to the CIDA Web site.
Applicants with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in interior design who did not graduate from a CIDA-accredited program may apply to the board to have their educational program evaluated to determine if it is substantially equivalent to a CIDA-accredited program. These applicants may apply under one of two provisions:
- Any applicant may choose to have his/her education evaluated by the board on an education-only basis. By statute, the board may only look at the applicant’s curriculum and student work under this provision.
- Applicants who graduated more than five years ago may use work experience to supplement deficiencies in their educational program. These applicants will be evaluated under the same standards as those applying under the first provision.
Applicants applying under either provision must remit a $300 processing fee with the application.