The Council for Interior Design Accreditation, founded in 1970, is an international non-profit organization that accredits post-secondary interior design education programs in the United States and Canada. The voluntary accreditation process uses internationally recognized educational standards to review programs.
The work of CIDA is intrinsically linked to the interior design profession’s future through the value it provides in assuring students of a quality education. Through its unique involvement with both interior design education and the practice of the profession, CIDA facilitates the mutual exchange of information between the two segments. This provides continual momentum on behalf of educators and the profession, strengthening the bonds of professional community where each is a collaborative partner in the advancement of the field.
The Council’s thorough and careful on-site review of interior design programs’ compliance with rigorous educational standards ensures that graduates will be prepared for entry-level practice and poised for future professional growth, a significant competitive advantage considered by potential employers.