How do I become a member of IIDA?

Via the IIDA HQ website:

What is my IIDA membership number? What is my username and/or password?

The IIDA Staff is here to assist you. Your username is the email address you signed up with. You can reach out to us to find your membership number. You can also call the Headquarters Office at 888-799-4432.

How much are the dues for each type of membership, when are they due, and starting on which month, for what duration?

Costs are by membership type, are due on January 1st of each year, and are good for a full calendar year. Dues are prorated for any time after January. Membership Dues are set and regulated by IIDA international headquarters. Membership level is coordinated with headquarters. Dues are subject to change at any time. The IIDA Ohio Kentucky chapter is not responsible for any discrepancy between posted and actual due amount. Click here to pay membership fees directly online. Click here to access the EZ Pay Payment Plan Option. This payment option allows you to pay your IIDA Membership dues in easy monthly installments.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, $75 is due at time of application as a first-time member.

How long do I have after January 1st to pay my membership dues?

Three months (March 31st). Afterwards, your membership will be revoked & you may need to rejoin as a new member again. If your membership lapsed, it’s not too late to renew your membership online. Please email or call 888.799.4432 and a member services representative will assist you in reinstating your membership.

As an Associate member, why do my membership dues increase over time?

An Associate member is one who has a minimum of two-year formal design degree with proof of transcripts or diploma and is not NCIDQ-certified. The incentive is by 6 years of IIDA membership to become NCIDQ-certified.

To remain in good standing, what are the number of CEU hours needed and how often is this necessary to fulfill?

Ten CEU hours are required every 2 years to maintain Professional or Associate level membership. The other membership levels do not require CEUs.

What types of CEU credits does IIDA accept?

All IDCEC courses are approved. Non-IDCEC courses can be submitted to IIDA for review & approval. For more information, email

Can I use the IIDA Appellation in my email signature? Does this depend on membership level?

If you are a member in good standing, you can use the IIDA acronym after your name. Using your IIDA designation shows your clients, employers, and peers that you are deeply committed to your profession. It demonstrates to a prospective employer that you have the qualifications that give you an edge. Specifics on formatting here.


Can you recommend an interior design school or program? Where can I find a list of accredited programs?

IIDA, in conjunction with ASID, CIDA, IDC, IDEC and NCIDQ, has established a website to answer and guide for those seeking a career as an interior designer.

What is an IIDA student membership and what are the benefits?

Can I, as a student member, attend any IIDA OH/KY event?

YES! As long as an event is not specifically identified as for “professional members” only, all IIDA events are open to students and all students are encouraged to attend.

What is an IIDA Campus Center?

Information about Campus Centers, how to become a Campus Center, as well as tips and tricks for operating as a Campus Center can be found in the IIDA Campus Center Handbook.

What are the Campus Centers in the IIDA OH/KY Chapter?

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How do I find a career in Interior Design?

IIDA, in conjunction with ASID, CIDA, IDC, IDEC and NCIDQ, has established a website to answer and guide for those seeking a career as an interior designer.

What is the NCIDQ and can I take it as a student?

Basic information about the NCIDQ (, and information about how students in their final year of a Bachelor or Master of Interior Design program or after graduation can take the IDFX, Fundamentals Section, (




Who is IIDA?

The profession of Interior Design positively impacts people’s health and well-being every day and enhances business value all around the world. The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) supports design professionals, educators, students, firms, and their clients through our network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. In order to continually increase the value and understanding of our work, we provide community outreach and a vibrant community for those interested in design, and we advocate for advancements in design excellence, education, legislation, and accreditation.

How many City Centers make up the Ohio Kentucky Chapter?

Our chapter consists of 5 City Centers - Cincinnati Dayton, Cleveland Akron, Columbus, Louisville Lexington, and Toledo.

How do I get involved with the IIDA Ohio Kentucky Chapter?

Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Every board member, committee partner, or event organizer is a volunteer donating their time to make a difference. If you want to be one of these passionate professionals or students working to advance our industry, come join us! Click here to volunteer.

Who runs the OHKY Chapter and what do they do?

The Ohio Kentucky Chapter Board is a group of dedicated volunteers nominated and elected by their fellow IIDA leaders to lead the success of chapter programming moving forward. You can learn more about them here.

What is the Ohio Kentucky Chapter and its City Centers?

The Ohio Kentucky Chapter is a membership division of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Our Chapter consists of 5 City Centers - Cincinnati Dayton, Cleveland Akron, Columbus, Louisville Lexington, and Toledo. Learn More


What is an interior designer?

A professional interior designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces.

Why does NCIDQ matter?

NCIDQ matters because it sets the standards for our profession. It is a tool that educates others on the impact commercial interior designers have on the health, welfare, and safety of the public.

What kind of recognition/regulation do Commercial Interior Designers in the state of Ohio have now?

There currently is no regulation in the State of Ohio for the Interior Design Profession. However, in the past three years we have made huge progress with enlightening legislators and the public on the Commercial Interior design profession.

What kind of recognition/regulation do Commercial Interior Designers in the state of Kentucky have now?

Currently Kentucky has a Title Act.

What privileges would IIDA like to see interior designers achieve through registration in the future?

We would like to have the same opportunities as our other design professionals have, Architects, Engineers, Landscape Architects. The opportunity to practice to our full potential and what the NCIDQ qualifies as a certified Interior Designers.

What is Phone 2 Action?

SIgn up! Phone 2 Action is a system that allows all of our members to directly contact their local representative quickly & simultaneously as a chapter.

Link to how to find your legislator?

IIDA Advocacy

What is the Advocacy Symposium?

A way for leaders in Advocacy to connect & learn how to make. Link to Advocacy Symposium section.


What is NCIDQ?

NCIDQ Certification is the globally recognized hallmark of a highly qualified interior designer. NCIDQ Certification assures interior designers are competent to meet industry standards not only for aesthetics but also for public health, safety and welfare. To date, more than 30,000 people around the world have earned NCIDQ Certification, the gold standard for interior design professionals. More info:

Do you offer any NCIDQ study courses?

The IIDA OHKY Chapter encourages certification, and helps members prepare for the NCIDQ exam by offering an intensive preparation course twice a year. Led by QPractice, this online study program offers a weekly study guide, unlimited access to practice tests, additional study materials, and invaluable support for the NCIDQ. This study program lasts 4 months, allowing you to study on your own time, all while keeping you on the path to passing the NCIDQ.

How do I maintain my NCIDQ certification?

Check out the CIDQ website for specifics on renewal.

What types of certifications are out there for interior designers?

NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualifications), WELL, LEED, EDAC (Evidence-Based Design Certification), CHID (Certified Healthcare Interior Designers)