Membership Categories

Membership Categories


ARIDO By-Law Nº3
Membership By-Law

2.00  Categories of Members

ARegistered Members
  1. A Registered Member is one who :
    • (a)has been accepted as a Registered Member by the Association prior to the passing of this By-law; and,
    • (b)is of good character and adheres to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the Association;
    OR
    • (a)has provided satisfactory evidence of successful completion of the Association's minimum standard for education and qualified work experience in interior design as prescribed by the Board and set out in the Association’s Membership Policy at the time of application;
    • (b)has provided satisfactory evidence of successful completion of qualification examination(s) as prescribed by the Board and set out in the Association’s Membership Policy; and,
    • (c)is of good character and adheres to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the Association.
  2. A Registered Member shall be given a membership number, membership card, certificate and stamp and shall be entitled to vote at Annual or Special Meetings of the Association.
  3. A Registered Member may use the designation “Interior Designer” and/or the letters “ARIDO” after the Registered Member's name, and shall not, in any way, modify such designations. These designations shall be used only in direct connection with the name of the individual Registered Member.
  4. A Registered Member may be subject to Dues and shall be entitled to all benefits and services of membership that are applicable.
  5. A Registered Member may be required to complete continuing education programs as prescribed by the Board.
  6. A Registered Member may be required to carry and maintain in good standing liability insurance as prescribed by the Board.
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BIntern Members
  1. An Intern Member is one who :
    • (a)is of good character and adheres to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the Association;
    • (b)has provided certified evidence of successful completion of the Association's minimum standard for education at the time of application, but has not yet completed the qualified work experience and has not yet passed all parts of the qualification examination(s) prescribed by the Board and set out in the Association’s Membership Policy;
    • (c)has undertaken to participate in and complete qualified work experience prescribed by the Board and set out in the Association’s Membership Policy; and,
    • (d)has undertaken to pass successfully the qualification examination(s) prescribed by the Board and set out in the Association’s Membership Policy.
  2. An Intern Member shall fulfill the requirements set out at Sections 2.00(B)(1) (c) and (d) and as prescribed by the Board and set out in the Association’s Membership Policy.
  3. An Intern Member may use the designation “Intern Member of Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario” or “Intern, ARIDO” after the Intern Member's name, and shall not, in any way, modify such designation. These designations shall be used only in direct connection with the name of the individual Intern Member.
  4. An Intern Member shall not be entitled to vote at Annual or Special Meetings of the Association.
  5. An Intern Member shall be subject to Dues and shall be entitled to all benefits and services of membership that are applicable to Intern Members.
  6. An Intern Member may be required to complete continuing education programs as prescribed by the Board.
  7. An Intern Member may be required to hold and maintain in good standing liability insurance as prescribed by the Board.
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CStudent Members
  1. A Student Member is one who is enrolled in an interior design education program recognized by the Board.
  2. A Student Member is not an Intern Member (and is not considered to be a student member as referred to in the Act). The Act and the By-laws of the Association do not apply to Student Members except as specifically provided in these By-laws.
  3. A Student Member may use the designation “Student Member of Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario” or “Student, ARIDO” after the Student Member's name, but may not use any modification of these designations. These designations shall be used only in direct connection with the name of the individual Student Member.
  4. A Student Member shall not be entitled to vote at Annual or Special Meetings of the Association.
  5. A Student Member may be subject to administration fees as set out in the Association's Membership Policy and shall be entitled to all benefits and services of membership that are applicable to Student Members.
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DInactive Members
  1. An Inactive Member is one who :
    • (a)is a Registered or Intern Member in good standing in the Association at the time of the application;
    • (b)is not engaged in the practice of Interior Design by reason of a maternity or paternity leave, a return to school as a student to upgrade skills as related to design or the running of a business, a debilitating illness or injury, or other reason approved by the Registrar; and,
    • (c)has made an application in writing to the Registrar regarding the change of status from Registered or Intern to Inactive status.
  2. The Registrar has the absolute discretion to grant or refuse to grant an Inactive Membership.
  3. An Inactive Membership, if granted by the Registrar, shall be valid until December 31st of the current year.
  4. Any Member who has been granted Inactive Membership must renew their Inactive membership status annually at January 1st as part of the renewal process. The Registrar has the right to request evidence from a medical practitioner or educational institution to grant inactive status for more than one year.
  5. If, upon review by the Registrar, a Member is disqualified from continued Inactive Membership, the Member will be notified and returned to the status of Registered or Intern status with all of the associated privileges and responsibilities, including but not limited to, the responsibility to pay the difference in the cost of the Dues between the Registered or Intern and Inactive classifications for the current membership year.
  6. During a term of Inactive Membership, an Inactive Member shall :
    • (a)not engage in the practice of interior design;
    • (b)pay the Dues as prescribed by the Board for the Inactive Membership category;
    • (c)not use any Association designation;
    • (d)not be entitled to vote at Annual or Special Meetings of the Association;
    • (e)not be eligible to hold elected office in the Association;
    • (f)not be required to complete continuing education as prescribed by the Board; and,
    • (g)consult with their insurance company regarding the status of their professional liability insurance policy during their inactive status and, where required for the protection of clients or the public, hold and maintain such insurance in good standing.
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EEducator Members
  1. An Educator Member is one who :
    • (a)is of good character and adheres to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the Association; and,
    • (b)is not engaged in the practice of Interior Design, but who is contractually engaged in full or part-time teaching or directing interior design programs in an interior design program recognized by the Board within the province of Ontario.
  2. An Educator Member may use the designation “Educator, ARIDO” or “Educator Member of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario” after their name, but in so doing may not in any way modify such designations. These designations shall be used only in direct connection with the name of the individual Educator Member.
  3. An Educator Member shall not be entitled to vote at Annual or Special Meetings of the Association. However, if an Educator Member meets the qualification requirements of the Association’s Registered Member category, or was previously a Registered Member, then the Educator Member shall be entitled to vote at Annual or Special Meetings of the Association.
  4. An Educator Member shall be subject to Dues and shall be entitled to all other benefits and services of membership that are applicable.
  5. An Educator Member may be required to complete continuing education programs as prescribed by the Board.
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FRetired and Life Members
  1. A Retired Member is one who has been a Registered Member of the Association, but has retired from the practice of Interior Design.
  2. A Life Member is one who has been a Member in good standing of the Association for over 30 years and has permanently retired from the practice of Interior Design. A Life Member shall be appointed by the Registrar.
  3. A Retired Member may use the designation “Retired Member of Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario” or “Retired Member, ARIDO” after the Retired Member's name, but may not use any modification of these designations. These designations shall be used only in direct connection with the individual name of the Retired Member.
  4. A Life Member may use the designation “Life Member of Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario” or “Life Member, ARIDO” after the Life Member's name, but may not use any modification of these designations. These designations shall be used only in direct connection with the individual name of the Life Member.
  5. A Retired Member shall be subject to Dues and shall be entitled to all benefits and services of membership that are applicable.
  6. A Life Member shall not be subject to Dues but shall be entitled to all other benefits and services of membership that are applicable.
  7. A Retired Member and Life Member shall not be entitled to vote at Annual or Special Meetings of the Association.
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GNon-Resident Status
  1. Non-Resident status may be obtained by Registered Members and Intern Members who reside outside the Province of Ontario and do not practice interior design within the Province of Ontario.
  2. Members having Non-Resident status may use the designations prescribed for their particular membership category, to be followed by “Non-Resident” or “Non-Res.”, but may not use any modification of these designations. These designations shall be used only in direct connection with the name of the individual member with Non-Resident status.
  3. Members having Non-Resident status shall be subject to Dues and shall be entitled to all benefits and services of membership that are applicable.
  4. Registered Members having Non-Resident status shall be entitled to vote at Annual or Special Meetings of the Association. Intern Members having Non-Resident status shall not be entitled to vote at Annual or Special Meetings of the Association.
  5. Members having Non-Resident status shall consult with their professional liability insurance company regarding the status of their insurance policy during their Non-Resident status and, where required for the protection of clients and the public, hold and maintain such insurance in good standing.
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HHonorary Members
  1. An Honorary Member is one who, through distinguished service, has directly or indirectly contributed to the greater recognition or betterment of the Association, the interior design profession or the applied arts.
  2. An Honorary Member shall be appointed by the Board in consultation with the Board of Governors.
  3. An Honorary Member may use the designation “Honorary Member Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario” or “Honorary, ARIDO” or “Hon. ARIDO” or “HARIDO” after the Honorary Member's name, but may not use any modification of these designations and these designations shall be used only in direct connection with the name of the individual Honorary Member.
  4. An Honorary Member shall not be subject to Dues and shall be entitled to all benefits and services of membership that are applicable.
  5. An Honorary Member shall not be entitled to vote at Annual or Special Meetings of the Association.
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IFellows
  1. A Fellow is one who is presently or was previously a Registered Member and who, through distinguished service, has directly or indirectly contributed to the greater recognition or betterment of the Association, the interior design profession or the applied arts.
  2. A Fellow shall be appointed by the Board in consultation with the Board of Governors.
  3. A Fellow may use the designation “Fellow of Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario” or “Fellow, ARIDO” or “FARIDO” after the Fellow's name, but may not use any modification of these designations. These designations shall be used only in direct connection with the name of the individual Fellow.
  4. A Fellow shall not be entitled to vote at Annual or Special Meetings of the Association with the exception that a Fellow who has maintained membership as a Registered Member shall be entitled to vote.
  5. A Fellow shall be subject to Dues with the exception that a Fellow who is also a Life Member shall not be subject to Dues. Fellows shall be entitled to all benefits and services of membership that are applicable.
  6. A Fellow who is also a Registered Member shall fulfill the additional requirements of the Registered Member category of membership.
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JOther Categories of Membership
  1. The Board may propose by-laws from time to time, to establish and prescribe such other categories of membership as are necessary for the purposes of the Association and in the public interest.
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KForeign and Out-of-Province Applicants
  1. Applicants qualified and in good standing in jurisdictions other than Ontario may be granted Registered Member or other status on such terms and conditions in accordance with inter-provincial agreements and applicable provincial legislation as the Registrar, Membership Committee or Board may determine.
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