Certified Interior Decorators International (C.I.D.) was founded
to recognize the trained Interior Decorator as an expert in the trade.
As a professional association, C.I.D. is acknowledged for raising the
bar and setting the standard in the decorating industry.
Certified interior decorators are set apart as educated and proven professionals
with earned credentials. The professional designation of C.I.D.
relieves the trade sources and decorator showrooms nationwide of the need
to carefully examine individuals claiming to be decorators, thus alleviating
a major problem that showrooms face on a daily basis. The earned C.I.D.
credentials also provide the consumer with added confidence in their
C.I.D. serves as a dual purpose certifying body and professional membership
association. An individual cannot be considered certified without
ongoing membership in C.I.D. The term "Certified Interior Decorator"
and the appellation "C.I.D." are registered trademarks as originally
filed (1997) in the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington,
D.C. The use of CID or C.I.D. is exclusively for Certified Interior Decorators
and is well established in the interior design industry.
What is the difference between an
Interior Decorator and an Interior Designer?
||A college major in Interior Design is necessary for a person to become an
interior designer. However, due to licensing laws in various states, many
interior designers are without formal interior design education. There are
many do-it-yourselfers or self-appointed decorators and designers flooding
the marketplace. The consumer cannot know whether their designer was ever
college educated. The consumer must look for two things: first, certification
and second, professional affiliation. Interior Designers are certified by
the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and usually
maintain a membership in the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
or the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).
Credentialed interior decorators are certified by and maintain professional
membership in Certified Interior Decorators International (C.I.D.). A Certified
Interior Decorator (C.I.D.) must complete training by a C.I.D. approved educational
program. They are not required to have a college degree. There are several
excellent interior decorator programs available on a post-secondary educational
level administered by direct mail or online. This is a perfect situation for
individuals desiring to make a career change without the additional time or
expense required to go back to college. C.I.D. members may also be required
to maintain a local occupational license as an interior decorator on a county
level only and tax resale certificate on the state level. C.I.D. does not
permit grandfathering which is based on experience only without recognized
|Can an Interior Decorator provide the same services
as an Interior Designer?
||Certified Interior Decorators International
is an association of full service interior decorators who can give
advice as paid consultants and prepare furniture floor plans showing
the client placement of all furnishings. C.I.D. decorators provide
assistance in the selection of furniture, accessories, lamps, lighting
fixtures, plants, pots, pictures, custom picture framing, area rugs,
carpet, flooring, window treatments, wall coverings and patio furnishings,
all of which C.I.D. decorators can purchase at discounted trade
prices. C.I.D. decorators can also provide new themes and decorations,
new furnishings and re-upholstery work for residential and business
projects, yachts, restaurants, hotels, motels and other hospitality
plans. C.I.D. decorators are trained experts at furniture placement,
re-arranging, decorating, re-decorating and preparing a home for
Are "Certified Interior Decorators"
more affordable than Designers?
||Unlike interior decorators in the past, a Certified Interior Decorator (C.I.D.),
has the same credibility and buying power as a trained professional Certified
(or licensed) Interior Designer and can actually earn as much as designers.
Certified interior decorators are not required to perform architectural interior
design and therefore are not required to have a college level education as
are interior designers. As consultants, they can be more affordable since
they are not required to have a college degree and do not have to maintain
fees for licensing, continued educational programs and the other costs incurred
by being state regulated. Charges for furnishings are about the same due to
trade discounts being equal for interior decorators and interior designers.
Is C.I.D. recognized and accepted nationally
as an organization for Interior Decorators?
||C.I.D. is recognized as a professional member association listed in trade
magazines such as Interior Design, Interiors & Resources and many other publications.
We are listed worldwide on the Internet and are recognized internationally
as the only membership association and certifying body exclusive to certified
What are the benefits of being C.I.D.?
||A Certified Interior Decorator (C.I.D.) today enjoys the
same credibility, recognition and buying power as an Interior Designer
and can earn as much, if not more, income. C.I.D. credentials are
recognized throughout the interior design industry.
||Enjoy added business and buying power through your C.I.D.
certification and membership. C.I.D. members have the exclusive
right to use and display the trademarked appellation "C.I.D."
after their name and our trademarked term "Certified Interior
Decorator" under their name on all printed and electronic
materials. No other individuals in the interior design and decoration
industry are permitted to use this designation.
||Consumer response to C.I.D. members is overwhelming
due to the fact that Certified Interior Decorators have established
themselves as talented, trained, approachable and affordable professionals.
We have definitely become the consumer's choice.
||Certified Interior Decorators International
offers referral services through our website and ads in national
magazines such as Elle Decor, Better Homes and Gardens
and House Beautiful.
||A member only access area on the C.I.D. website
provides members with updates in the industry, educational articles
and the latest on resources and new decorating articles or ideas.
||Trade showrooms offer 40-50% discounts and every courtesy
available to all Certified Interior Decorators (C.I.D.) only.
||Online trade resources such as Trade Only Design Library
are an added benefit as they provide C.I.D. members with good quality
photos of products and swatch samples perfect for offering clients
a full sample presentation board.
||Direct Mail furniture companies such as Ballard Designs,
Pir International, Williams-Sonoma, their subsidiaries
and many others offer C.I.D. members a 10-40% discount and usually
have a special phone number for business orders.
||Many retailers such as Bed, Bath and Beyond
establish relationships with trade members through their customer
service. Be sure to provide them, and all your trade resources,
with your state tax resale certificate, business card and current
C.I.D. membership card.
||Pier 1 Imports and Ethan Allen offer
C.I.D. members discounts on furnishings. You must apply for individual
membership with them directly through their corporate headquarters.
Please provide a copy of your C.I.D. membership card which is considered
one of the qualification requirements for these and many other companies
in the trade.
you decide to have a home-based business, you will enjoy the added benefit
of not having to pay rent and the cost to maintain a location or shop
open to the public. Your space and utilities are a tax-deductible expense
and in many instances your homeowner's insurance policy covers your equipment.
In times past, business success was based on location. Today having proper
credentials such as C.I.D. allows you the option to work at home.
Make good use of your first months in business as a Certified Interior Decorator by building your trade relationships, resources and future customer base. Distribute your cards and contact information to realtors, builders and network. Family members are good contacts for decorating needs. With professional credentials you will command more respect from friends and family and they will gladly pay you for your services. Your ads and personal contacts are going to be the best source of building clients and customers. Hire a web designer to build your website. Certified Interior Decorators International can provide you with the Professional Member C.I.D. logo to be added to your site.
You should also link with favorite trade resources, workrooms and contractors. You may also opt to join with business networks such as your local business chamber, Linkedin, Twitter or Facebook for greater exposure and referrals. Also be sure to add your website address and email contact on all your ads and printed materials. Customers cannot find your site unless they are directed to it by personal contact, cross advertising, links to your site and search engines.
If you opt to increase your business, you can choose to open a full-service interior-decorating showroom offering in-house consultation, furnishings,
window treatments, wall coverings, lamps and accessories for sale.
You should also subscribe to Interior Design magazine which includes
an annual guide to trade showrooms and products. The publications Interiors
& Sources, House Beautiful and Elle Décor will
be invaluable sources for building your resources nationwide.
Local furniture dealers are willing to establish a trade discount and to work with C.I.D. However, always ask for the manager to determine what the store's policy is in dealing with discounts, terms, returns and/or exchanges. Be prepared to meet with local dealers and bring them a copy of your state's resale certificate
(if required by your state), your business/corporate identity, business card and your current up to date C.I.D. membership card.
Some local municipalities may require that you acquire an occupational license as an Interior Decorator.
your professional association, C.I.D. will communicate with you through
Quarterly Newsletters, Resource or Showroom updates, continued educational
teachings and help as needed by phone for business setup.
This is a fact: today's consumers are hiring "Certified Interior Decorators"
as their first choice! Retain and preserve your status as a member of
C.I.D. Without an ongoing membership in Certified Interior Decorators
International (C.I.D.), you cannot be a Certified Interior Decorator.
No other group or individual can "certify" interior decorators.
Professional membership dues ($295.00) must be paid annually to retain your certification.
Certified Interior Decorators International welcomes current allied or associate members of interior design groups and also invites non-affiliated interior designers and interior decorators to seek professional membership in Certified Interior Decorators International.
Certified Interior Decorators are self-regulated through Certified Interior Decorators International. We are not regulated by state licensing as interior designers are in many states and providences. However, if your state has a licensing law, we should make ourselves aware of them in case of certain limitations that may affect the industry.
The title "interior designer" and other affiliate labels cannot be used with membership in C.I.D.
About Founder & President Ron Renner
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