Getting Started with IDEP

Participation in IDEP is voluntary in most jurisdictions, but state boards, provincial associations and employers may mandate enrollment in IDEP for verifiable, diversified interior design experience.

How to Enroll

Once you have found a job in interior design, you may begin by taking the following steps:

  • Create a MyNCIDQ account by clicking here.
  • Click on "Application and Time Log/Tracking" under the IDEP heading in the left menu of your MyNCIDQ account..
  • Create an online application and pay the first installment fee.
  • Electronically invite your key players (supervisor and mentor) by clicking on the "Key Players" link under the IDEP heading and then "Create A Relationship" within your MyNCIDQ account.
  • Submit a sealed copy of your official college transcript(s). We will review your application, confirm your acceptance into the program and send instructions on how to document your hours in your online IDEP Log.
  • Use your IDEP Log to begin keeping records of hours worked in the IDEP competency areas.
  • Document previous acceptable work experience (up to three months before the date your application was approved) in your IDEP log.

Program Fees

As of November 1, 2012 the IDEP program is now a free tool for recent graduates to utilize as they begin the NCIDQ Examination with their IDFX section. However, IDEP is no longer a program monitored by CIDQ and if completed, a candidate will still need to submit the official Work Experience Verification Forms to finalize an application for all three NCIDQ Examination sections in order to earn their NCIDQ Certificate.


You will track your experience in the online IDEP Log and submit it to NCIDQ for review after your supervisor has verified its accuracy and completeness. Your supervisor must meet regularly with you to discuss and sign off on your work. Your mentor also must meet or confer with you regularly (in person, by phone or e-mail) to discuss your ongoing experience and alternatives, if needed, to fulfill the experience in the following six competency areas.

  • Programming
  • Schematic Design
  • Design Development
  • Contract Documents
  • Contract Administration
  • Professional Practice

The definition of “experience” includes:

  • Working directly in a competency area.
  • Observing others who are engaged in such work.
  • Attending lectures, seminars and continuing education courses. This type of professional development can be used to fulfill no more than 10% of the total required hours.

A complete list of all IDEP Task Areas and their descriptions can be found here.


Guide for Supervisors and Mentors

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