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About membership in The PIDIM

How do I become a Professional Interior Designer?

In order to be eligible for membership, and be a Professional Interior Designer, candidates must hold a four (4) year degree from an accredited program determined by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).  To find out which programs are accredited, see the CIDA Accredited Programs.  This is the traditional Pathway to membership.

I have attended a CIDA Accredited Program, and I would like to become a member of The PIDIM?

Visit our "Becoming a member of The PIDIM" page to apply.  If you have any questions, please contact our Registrar!

Candidates that have NOT graduated from a four (4) year CIDA accredited degree but are interested in becoming a member of The PIDIM may be eligible through the Alternative Pathway to Membership.

What is the Alternative Pathway to Membership?

Where a candidate has not graduated from an accredited program, but has acquired all of the skills required of a graduate of an Accredited Education Program through education or experience and applies to The PIDIM for membership, the Membership Regulation provides for an Alternative Pathway to Membership.

Working with the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), The PIDIM uses the Intern Competency Review System (ICRS).  The ICRS assesses a candidate's education, training, and any work experience to determine if they possess the competencies equivalent to the minimum education requirement.  The ICRS requires candidates to complete an evidence-based book of competencies which is then independently reviewed and assessed.  Potential candidates are asked to contact The PIDIM office for additional information.

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