Key Players in IDEP

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While you are the key player in the IDEP, the program provides support from many viewpoints. Joining you in this endeavor are your supervisor, mentor, NCIDQ and, in some cases, a U.S. regulatory board or Canadian provincial association.

Your Supervisor

Your IDEP supervisor—typically your direct supervisor at work—must be willing to provide the day-to-day training and support you need to complete the program. It’s a good idea to let prospective employers know that you are interested in participating in IDEP because they will have a role to play in your progress.

Your supervisor must be at least ONE of the following:

  • An NCIDQ Certificate holder
  • A licensed or registered interior designer
  • An architect who offers interior design services

Your IDEP supervisor supports your career by:

  • Helping you assess your skills and plan for comprehensive on-the-job training.
  • Tracking your development through various work experience categories.
  • Promoting your professional development outside the scope of a typical employee’s everyday tasks.
  • Supporting your commitment to becoming a licensed/registered professional.

Over the course of your participation in IDEP you may have more than one supervisor. You must notify NCIDQ of any change of employment and supervisor.

Your Mentor

Your IDEP mentor is an interior designer who can give you support and advice as you move through the program. Your mentor should be employed outside your firm or have a non-supervisory relationship with you. You must communicate with your mentor at least three times a year.

Your mentor must be at least ONE of the following:

  • An NCIDQ Certificate holder
  • A licensed or registered interior designer

Your IDEP mentor supports your career by:

  • Giving you a “big picture” perspective on your progress through the program.
  • Encouraging you to set goals for your job and career.
  • Providing advice and support for the challenges you face on the job.

Over the course of your participation in IDEP you may have more than one mentor. You must notify NCIDQ of any change of mentor.

NCIDQ does not maintain a list of potential mentors. If you don’t already know interior designers who may be willing to mentor you, local professional associations are the best place to start your search.

NCIDQ

NCIDQ’s staff in Washington, D.C., and dozens of volunteers across North America are here to assist you before, during and after your participation in IDEP. If you have any questions or suggestions about the program, please e-mail them to us or call 202-721-0220.

Your State Board or Provincial Association

State and provincial regulatory boards are the legally constituted private or governmental organizations charged with regulating the interior design profession and professionals within their jurisdictions. These boards may enact laws or regulations that require future licensed/registered professional interior designers to participate in IDEP before being granted a license or registration. It is essential that you know the status of the laws in the state or province where you intend to practice.

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