Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is the accreditation council for granting accreditation to institutions who offer programs on interior designing.

Updated by Ankita Paul on 20th February 2020

Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is a non-profit authorizing association for interior design training programs at colleges and universities in the United States and globally.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is approved by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the accrediting agency for interior designing courses and education. 

It strives to become the known high-quality standard agency to accredit interior design programs.

Guiding Values of CIDA

Mission- The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) progresses the interior design profession as the authoritative origin for quality benchmarks and accreditation in advanced education.

Vision- Interior designing architects are looked for experts due to their experience and mastery in hoisting the human involvement in the constructed condition. 

Eligibility requirements for colleges for CIDA accreditation

  • A program looking for accreditation must show that it is housed in an establishment that is certified by an institutional authorizing body that is perceived by the U.S. Bureau of Higher Education, or a provincial service of education in Canada.  

  • It finishes in at least a four-year college education.

  • A least of thirty semester credit hours of differing college-level general education courses are required for graduation from the program.

  • A least of two batches has moved on from the program before accommodation of the application.

Colleges and Universities under CIDA accreditation

The colleges and Universities that come under CIDA accreditation

Auburn University Arizona State University
Samford University Rocky Mountain College of Art and design
University of Northern Iowa Ball State University

Decision Making Bodies of CIDA

CIDA's nine-people Board of Directors, as its overseeing body, is in charge of guaranteeing that CIDA satisfies its central goal and that the association keeps up its lawful, monetary, and moral honesty. It is likewise accountable of the key arranging and relationship building expected to help the association's objective of constant quality change.

All through its history, the joint effort amongst CIDA and the other associations has been essential to satisfying its central goal. Today, CIDA keeps up associations with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). One board member is drawn from every one of the five teams up associations.

These five Directors, on the whole, delegate one director to speak to every one of the accompanying interests- public, industry, authorized interior design programs, and the Accreditation Commission. The official director is an ex-officio individual from the Board. Executives serve for a most of two three-year terms. 


CIDA is the authorizing association which is recognized by CHEA to accredit institutions who provide programs on interior design. CIDA accredits institutions with high-standards that follow the requirements set by the accrediting institution.

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