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 selection process.
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.
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 education.