ARIDO is currently exploring the creation of a Canadian Alternative to the current NCIDQ Exams. The Examination Alternative Project was launched in April 2023 with a survey and information session on this project. The goal is to ensure a fair and equitable path to qualification as an Interior Designer in Ontario.

Read more about the Examination Alternative Project.

ARIDO's Current Examination Requirement

An ARIDO Intern member who has met the education and experience requirements must complete the final step along the path to becoming a Registered member: examination.

The Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) is the recognized examination body throughout North America, including Canada. The NCIDQ examinations test an applicant on the knowledge and experience required in order to create interior spaces that are not just aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and safe.

The NCIDQ examination consists of two multiple-choice sections and a drawing practicum entirely focused on health, safety and welfare. While interior designers must possess knowledge in many areas, such as business practices, human resources, and aesthetics, the NCIDQ examination tests knowledge in only those areas that relate to health, safety, and welfare.

For more information on the NCIDQ examinations, visit the CIDQ website.