Interior Designer Qualifications
A bachelors degree, ideally with a focus on interior design, is the minimum qualification for becoming a professional interior designer. Your coursework should give you a solid background in drawing, computer-aided design (CAD), and architecture. After college you will need to become licensed by passing an exam administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). You may also want to consider certification in specific specialties, such as kitchen or bath design.
Interior designers must possess a strong sense of style and artistic ability. It is important to be creative and to be able to turn your creative visualizations into a reality. Successful designers are also very detail oriented and have a good head for numbers. You will need to take precise measurements and make detailed drawings as each project develops. Finally, an interior designer needs great interpersonal skills. A designer must effectively communicate with clients as well as other designers, engineers, and building contractors.
Qualifications vary from state to state, but you will typically need at least two years of professional experience before you can apply for your interior designer license. An apprenticeship with an experienced designer or internship during college can be a great way to develop the necessary skills and qualifications.
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