The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) works to advance the value of interior design and its practitioners as well as to cultivate leadership within the profession. IIDA has more than 12,000 Members in nine specialty Forums in 30 Chapters around the world committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge. By becoming a Member you are making the decision to be an informed member of the design community.

As a Member of IIDA you are able to participate in two of eight specialty Forums. Forums are unique to IIDA and allow the Association to target your needs as a Member and encourage professional development through each of IIDA’s Forums.

Membership Benefits

  • Perspective – A quarterly magazine.
  • Complimentary subscriptions to a number of magazines including Contract and Interiors and Sources.
  • IIDA “DesignMatters” (formerly ActionFax) – IIDA’s all member communication that is sent every 2 weeks via fax or e-mail. (The electronic version is currently in “.pdf” format.)
  • Participation in any two of the eight IIDA speciality Forums (free of charge) and Local Chapter events.
  • Chapter – level CEU Programs
  • Chapter and regional professional development conferences and programs.
  • Correspondence educational courses
  • IIDA “Members Only” Web site access at both the International level and at the New England Chapter level.
  • Member discounts from a number of nationally recognized service providers (airlines, car rentals, voice communication, etc.).
  • Access to the official IIDA Gold Card through MBNA.
  • And much much more!

Membership Levels


Professional Members are actively engaged in the profession of interior design or design education. Applicants for Professional Membership must meet one of the following groups of standards:

Group 1 – Practicing Interior Design Professionals
Proof of certification date (or test results) by NCIDQ  – no other exams are accepted.

Group 2 – Architects
Proof of either state architectural registration or documentation of successful completion of NCARB exam, and Documentation (resume or current job description, with dates, acceptable) of minimum of six years practice experience in interior design above and beyond those areas tested by the NCARB exam.


Associate Members are actively engaged in the profession. Applicants for Associate Membership must meet the education requirements of the NCIDQ exam or equivalent (a two-year certificate in interior design or equivalent educational credits), but have not completed the exam. To qualify, you must provide an official college transcript or diploma (photocopies are acceptable).


Members are actively engaged in a field of expertise that is directly related to the interior design industry (lighting designers, architects not practicing interior design, photographers, etc.). Please include business card.

IIDA Industry Membership offers you a tremendous networking opportunity to promote your product or service to IIDA’s Membership, which includes approximately 5,000 design professionals in over 30 Chapters worldwide. We offer Membership for one person (Industry Individual) or for your company at the $900, $3,500, $5,000, or $7,500 levels. Dues contribute to ongoing IIDA programs that facilitate development of IIDA Members through knowledge and are designed to advance the profession—like Industry Roundtable, Principle’s Roundtable, competitions and the Chapter Leadership Council.

Custom is targeted to our Student Members and highlights the learning environment and achievements in design education. Educators contribute informative articles envisioning the future of the design job market, unexplored fields, and emphasize learning. Custom also offers students the unique opportunity to be heard in the Association by writing articles and submitting original projects. Membership for Student Members is based on the academic year, September–August.

For more information about membership, please visit or contact IIDA Headquarters by clicking here or by calling them at 888.799.4432. We look forward to having you join IIDA New England!

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