These days, and expert is really only defined by someone who has made the same mistake twice before you. There are no qualifications to be an expert or say that you are an expert. In the interior design industry, there are many who claim to be an interior designer but do not have the education and experience to back it up. Seeing as how anyone can hang a single and call themselves an interior designer, this makes it difficult to filter through who is qualified and who is not.
Types of Certified Design Professionals
Below is a table of the types of Certified Design Professionals and their requirements.
|Interior Decorator||Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer||Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer||Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Desigenr||Certified Interior Designer|
|Appelation Use||DDA Accredited||AKBD||CKBD||CMKBD||NCIDQ|
|Issued by||Decorators & Designers Association of Canada||National Kitchen & Bath Association||Council for Interior Design Qualification|
|Timeframe||1 yr. Certificate||30 Hours||60 Hours||90 Hours||2 yr. Diploma in Interior Design||Bachelors Degree in Interior Design|
|NKBA Hours are approved education in Interior Design or delivered by the NKBA directly.|
|Equivilancy||-||2 yr. Diploma||Bachelors Degree||Masters Degree|
|Hours of Experience||None||3,840||9,600||13,440||5,280 Sponsored||3,520 Sponsored|
|Experience Only Option||Available||Yes||No|
|Examination||No||Academic||AKBD + Acedemic + Practical||CKBD + 40 Evidence-Based Requirements||2 Academic + Practical|
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