Supervised Work Experience
The supervised work experience requirement ensures that applicants for Registered membership are receiving quality work experience that will shape and build their skills as a future interior designer. Please note that CIDQ has changed their standards for Supervised Work Experience as of January 2019, at this time, ARIDO will not be changing our minimum standards for Supervised Work Experience. ARIDO will continue to accept SWE hours completed under the current minimum standard of 25% under a qualified design professional*, and 75% self employed or under a non-design professional.
CIDQ is now mandating that 100% of supervised work experience hours must be completed under a design professional that meets one of the following criteria:
- CIDQ Certified Interior Designer
- State/Provincial Licensed/Registered/Certified Interior Designer in the US or Canada
- State/Provincial Licensed/Registered Architect in the US or Canada who provides interior design services
- A sponsor (mentor) is a design professional, as defined above, who agrees to review a candidate’s professional progress and affirm interior design work experience hours. A sponsor may or may not work within the same firm as the candidate.
If you have applied to write the NCIDQ, or written a portion of the exam already, you may continue completing your exams. Once you have successfully passed all exams, CIDQ will issue a Notice of Results, which you must submit to ARIDO as proof. As you move forward in your career, you may submit additional qualifying work experience and pay an application fee to request an NCIDQ certificate. **TBC by CIDQ
If you have not yet applied to write the NCIDQ, continue completing your SWE hours under ARIDO’s current minimum standard. Once you have completed these hours, you must submit your completed Direct Supervised Work Experience Reporting Form to ARIDO and apply to write the NCIDQ examination.
Click here to read CIDQ's information on reporting Supervised Work Experience before writing NCIDQ.
An ARIDO Intern wishing to become a Registered member must obtain the required amount of supervised work experience in order to qualify to write the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examinations.
Supervised work experience is important to Intern members for various reasons. Obtaining the right type of technical experience will prepare an Intern member to write the NCIDQ examinations, and it is also important for the future practice of professionals looking to become interior designers.
The right type of technical experience combined with supervision by a qualified individual ensures that Interns obtain knowledge, experience, and proficiency in the latest interior design principles and practices in a range of settings. Only through the prescribed combination of specialized education and technical experience can an Intern member be fully prepared to write the NCIDQ examination and to competently practise interior design.
What qualifies as supervised work experience?
Upon graduating from a recognized interior design program, individuals must obtain a prescribed amount of supervised work experience. A certain percentage of this work experience must be supervised by one of the following:
- an ARIDO Registered member
- a licensed architect who provides interior design services
- an NCIDQ certificate holder
All qualified hours under the supervision of one of the above are counted at 100% in value. Any work experience under supervisory relationships outside the above will result in hours being accrued at lower values. The amount of qualified work experience is needed depends on a number of factors, including education and type of qualified work experience received.
To identify the amount of qualified work experience required for those who meet the above education standards and timelines, please refer to the ARIDO PATH outlining the current education, experience and examination requirements.
Click here to download a copy of the supervised work experience reporting form.
How do I report my supervised work experience?
In order to be eligible to write the NCIDQ examinations, you must fully meet the requirement of supervised work experience.
Reporting your supervised work experience requires that you track all experience you accumulate which qualifies for supervised work experience. This will require you to keep track of your hours during the years that you are accumulating your supervised work experience. If during this period of time, you have obtained the total amount of required work experience through different jobs under the supervision of different individuals, you will need to separately report and obtain sign off for each of those jobs.
For example, if over the course of three years you have obtained work experience through two separate jobs with two separate firms you will need to report the hours accumulated separately. This will mean obtaining signatures from the two supervisors to whom you reported directly.
Once you have obtained the required amount of supervised work experience, make sure that your reporting is complete and that you have sign off from all direct supervisors. Your reporting can be completed by filling in the supervised work experience reporting form as follows:
- Ensure that you complete all parts of Section I of the reporting form before giving the form to the person verifying your experience.
- Have your current or former employer complete Section II.
Once completed, you can submit the reporting form(s) to NCIDQ along with your NCIDQ Exam Candidate Application.
It is important to note that NCIDQ will only accept their most recent version of the form. Incomplete forms will be considered invalid and will not be reviewed.
For more information or questions regarding the supervised work experience requirement, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.