Intern Membership


Intern dues for recent graduates are now a tiered plan. As a new grad, you will enjoy a highly reduced membership fee that gradually increases over the three years of your ARIDO membership.

How does it apply to you?

TIER 1 Intern membership is ONLY $95.63 (including HST) beginning the first year after graduation.
TIER 2 Intern membership is $191.26 (including HST) beginning the second year after graduation.
TIER 3 Regular Intern dues will apply beginning the third year after graduation.


To qualify for Intern membership, applicant must:

  • Successfully complete the required interior design education (minimum four-year Bachelor of Interior Design) from a CIDA-accredited BID program.
  • Show proof of liability insurance coverage
  • Produce official transcripts sent directly from educational institution(s)

Ongoing Requirements

To maintain Intern Membership, member must:

  • Renew ARIDO membership annually
  • Comply with ARIDO's Professional Development requirement for Intern Members
  • Adhere to the ARIDO Code of Ethics and Practice Standards
  • Accumulate the required amount of supervised work experience
  • Successfully pass the NCIDQ Examinations within 5 years of becoming an Intern member


  • Intern Members may use the designation “Intern Member of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario” or “Intern, ARIDO” after their name
  • Networking Opportunities at both local and provincial events
  • Volunteer Opportunities through task forces and committees, as well as participation in various events and seminars throughout the year
  • Protection of the right to practice through ARIDO’s continued advocacy on behalf of the profession
  • Discounts on liability and E&O insurance rates
  • Support and guidance throughout your career path on important items such as supervised work experience
  • ARIDO e-Newsletters for up-to-date industry news
  • A Voice – an opportunity to have your voice heard at our AGM

Additional Information

  • Upon acceptance into this category, Intern members will be given an eligibility date to write the NCIDQ (National Council of Interior Design Qualification) examination, within a five-year period.
  • Please note, ARIDO has introduced a new experience requirement which Interns must complete as part of their path to Registered membership. Interior Design Experience Requirement (IDER), is a move away from hours-based reporting to evidence-based and requires the completion of mandatory tasks within each interior design phase. A whitepaper "The Supervised Work Experience requirement for Interior Designers in Ontario was written to describe the competency mapping process that informed the creation of IDER.
    • Appendices (Document 1) containing:
      • Appendix A: Glossary of Terms
      • Appendix B: Procedures
      • Appendix C: Meeting Reports
      • Appendix D: Handouts
      • Appendix E: Exit Surveys
      • Appendix F: Field Testing Materials

The Interior Design Experience Requirement is also explained in this webinar which was recorded November 24th, 2021.


For more information about the membership application, please contact

Online Application

Application for Intern Membership

Reinstatement Policy

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