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