IIDA offers Members excellent networking opportunities and tangible benefits for education, inspiration, and professional development.

Membership in IIDA provides access to resources that can help you get ahead in your career. Benefits include subscriptions to leading magazines, tuition reimbursement opportunities, the chance to reach colleagues around the world, as well as reduced fees for exciting chapter initiatives and International events like the Leaders Breakfast series.


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Professional and Associate members in the United States receive complimentary magazines and publications that cover technical and theoretical topics in design, as well as community news and events.

  • Perspective, the award-winning and thought-provoking IIDA journal
  • Contract, a leading monthly magazine for the design industry.
  • Interiors & Sources, a leading monthly building industry and interiors publication
  • DesignMatters, a bimonthly electronic newsletter keeping you in the know about IIDA and industry happenings around the globe
  • Spectrum, a weekly e-newsletter of relevant design business news aggregated from around the web and delivered straight to your inbox
  • What Clients Want, Volumes I & II, the first two volumes in a series of books published by IIDA, WCW is a collection of conversations between designers and their clients about how significant projects were conceived, how they have defined culture, demonstrated value, and shifted business models. Available upon request; $10 for shipping and handling


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Tuition reimbursement, access to in-depth knowledge and research, and links to industry leaders and events help you get ahead in the business aspect of design. Member benefits include:

  • Eligibility for a twice annual drawing for NCIDQ tuition reimbursement – this is a complete reimbursement for Associate Members who successfully complete the NCIDQ exam
  • Sustainable Education Fund, offering a twice annual drawing for reimbursement of LEED exam fees for those who have successfully passed the accreditation exam
  • Chapter and regional professional development
  • Local and international IDCEC-approved CEU programs
  • Webinars, take-home CEUs and quick links to educational tools
  • Advocacy for interior design code and licensing initiatives
  • Proactive leadership in gaining governmental recognition for the profession
  • Use of the IIDA professional designation
  • Personalized member logo
  • Access to the IIDA Career Center
  • Networking opportunities through local chapter and international programs
  • Access to the online IIDA Membership Directory

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We fight for our members and keep our members up to date on the latest state and federal laws and initiatives that impact our industry and profession. Explore the links below to learn more about what IIDA is doing for you! 

IIDA Advocacy

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Members receive first notice of special events and registration discounts.

  • Invitations to chapter and regional meetings, special events, and activities
  • Invitation to the IIDA COOL Gala, where IIDA celebrates the annual winners of the Interior Design Competition and the Will Ching Design Competition
  • Invitation to the IIDA Annual Meeting, where IIDA inducts the new International Board of Directors, celebrates the Titan and Star Award recipients, recognizes chapters for excellence in innovation and member service, and welcomes new members of the College of Fellows 

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**Discounts and Incentives for Members Only**
You have access to a wide range of discounts and special pricing for products and services to support your business, from discounts on books to savings on airline travel. Check back regularly for new additions.

  • Signature Federal Credit Union – great rates for IIDA members on credit cards, checking and savings accounts, mortgages, and auto loans – read more
  • The Working Advantage – movie, theme park, and entertainment discounts
  • Complimentary membership in the Pier 1 Designer Perks Program for Professional and Associate members
  • Special Member pricing for IIDA-sponsored competitions including Interior Design Competition, Hospitality Design Competition, Will Ching Design Competition, IIDA Global Excellence Awards, etc.)
  • Discounted advertising rates in IIDA publications and on the IIDA Web site


If you are an Interior Designer and have passed the NCIDQ exam, you qualify as a Professional Member. Your application must include:

  • Photocopy of NCIDQ Certificate or Card

Membership Dues

IIDA Memberships run on the calendar year, January through December. If you are applying as a New Member or you are reactivating your Membership, there is a onetime $75 application fee. Memberships are prorated on a quarterly basis. Full prices are listed below.

Professionals are actively engaged in the profession and are NCIDQ certified.
Are actively engaged in the profession and meet the following requirements:

  • Completed two to four years of coursework in an interior design or architecture program
  • 15 years of work experience
  • Can provide three letters of recommendation from IIDA members in good standing that can support the candidate’s career achievements in the Interior Design profession


2016 Calendar Year Dues: $515

New Members
New memberships are prorated on a quarterly basis by join date:

Jan. 1 to March 31, 2016$515.00
April 1 to June 30, 2016$386.26
July 1 to Aug. 31, 2106$257.50

Inactive or Retired?

If you are an active IIDA Member in good standing and have retired or are unable to continue practicing due to disability, illness, unemployment, or relocation, contact to inquire about Inactive or Retired Status.

Professional Qualifications

To qualify as a Professional IIDA Member you must be NCIDQ-certified.

NCIDQ Exam Eligibility Requirements

NCIDQ maintains minimum education and work experience requirements for eligibility to take the NCIDQ Examination.The amount of combined education and work experience required depends on certain characteristics of each. NCIDQ has developed six eligibility routes for determining when you are eligible to apply to take the exam. 

NCIDQ Experience Requirements

All work experience used to satisfy the eligibility requirements must be interior-design-related. Work experience may be full-time or part-time. NCIDQ recommends working under the direct supervision of an NCIDQ Certificate holder, a registered Interior Designer or an architect who offers Interior Design services to ensure that 100% of your work experience counts.  Check here for NCIDQ’s qualified work experience information.

IIDA Code of Ethics for Professional Member Conduct

IIDA believes it is essential for all Members to conduct business in a respectable and responsible manner between fellow IIDA Members and the general public. It is the responsibility of all IIDA Members to adopt and uphold these guidelines of behavior of the code of ethics, presenting a positive reflection of themselves, the industry and the Association.

Review the Code of Ethics here.  

Student members

Student members are a key component to a successful IIDA Chapter. Tennessee has numerous exceptional Interior Design schools, many of which have IIDA Chapters. Any interior design student can join IIDA, even if their school does not have a Student Chapter. Student members are welcomed and encouraged to be involved with their City Center and State Chapter.

This is an incredible opportunity to begin to build networks, meet local professionals, find out about internship opportunities and companies, and establish a reputation, all before graduation! Student membership is $60 annually, and most IIDA events are free or discounted for student members. Contact the VP of Students Affairs below for more information on membership, or on creating a new Student Chapter.