IDEP Eligibility Requirements

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IDEP is optional in most jurisdictions. However, it is strongly recommended as a structured, comprehensive method for completing your entry-level work experience. You must be in a degree program that leads to a bachelor’s or master’s degree or in an associate’s program of at least 60 hours to participate in IDEP.

If you are in a bachelor’s or master’s program (either CIDA-accredited or non-CIDA accredited), you can enroll in IDEP and start accumulating IDEP hours after you complete 96 semester hours (144 quarter hours) of education. If you earn academic credit for the work experience, such as an internship, then you cannot count those hours toward your work experience requirement.

 If you are in a 60-hour program (such as a three-year associate’s), you can enroll in IDEP and start accumulating IDEP hours after you complete all your education.

If you are an interior designer with a B.Arch or M.Arch degree, you can enroll in IDEP and start accumulating IDEP hours after you complete all your education.

Because the program is a guide for earning future work experience, it cannot be used to document past experience. Once you are approved to participate in the program, you may record only prior experience accrued up to three months before your start date. (For example, if were approved to participate in IDEP on January 15, 2009, you would be able to document only work experience starting on October 15, 2008—not before.)

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