Certification Program

The C.I.D. Certification program was written by internationally recognized interior designer Ron Renner, ASID, to provide professional training and testing of Interior Decorators and was designed to allow the talented (novice or experienced) decorator to earn credentials for the purpose of pursuing a career as a “Certified Interior Decorator.”

The program is a complete Interior Decorating course with Certification. 

Our exclusive Certification program is taught in an easy, informative and concise manner through the use of ONLINE education or our Direct Workbook correspondence program. Teachings include: Function of Interior Spaces, History of Furniture, Trade Showrooms, Use of Color, Lighting, Scale and How to Charge for your services as a Certified Interior Decorator. C.I.D. is also the only organization that can educate, test, and certify Interior Decorators.

Certification Course Outline

  • Function of Space
  • Floor Planning
  • Furniture Placement
  • Elevations
  • History of Furniture and Architectural Styles
  • Custom Furniture and Cabinetry
  • Furniture Selection
  • Furniture Showrooms to the Trade
  • Color Trends
  • The Color Wheel
  • Color Terms
  • Psychology of Color
  • Regional Colors
  • Color Distribution
  • Wall Coverings and Finishes
  • Window Treatments
  • Bedspreads
  • Lighting
  • Flooring
  • Fabrics
  • Presentation Board
  • Pots and Plants
  • Artwork and Prints
  • Wall Groupings
  • Decorative Accessories
  • Consulting Basics
  • Compensation Methods
  • Business Startup
  • Decorator or Designer: The Difference
  • What an Interior Decorator Can Do
  • Avoiding Liabilities and Legal Problems
  • Being a Certified Interior Decorator

C.I.D. Workbook Program

This program consists of eight sessions with question and answer reviews after each, a session test, four enjoyable projects, drafting templates, an interior design color wheel, and the printed workbook for future reference. The 50-question final exam which is included is also the Certified International Decorators Entrance Exam.

This version of the course provides interaction with the instructor who will personally critique your work on the hands-on projects, creating the connection between book learning and practical experience. A resource section and a glossary of terms are also included with this course of study. The Workbook Direct Mail Program takes approximately 6-10 weeks. $1295.00.

Upon completion of the program and passing the C.I.D. Entrance Exam, you will be qualified to join C.I.D. YOUR FIRST YEAR OF MEMBERSHIP IS FREE. (a savings of $295.00)

What will I receive with the Workbook Program?

  • A 100-page Workbook with Glossary of Decorating Terms
  • National Resources of Trade Showrooms
  • Interior Design Drafting Templates in 1/4″ scale – a $42.95 value! (included)
  • Final Exam /C.I.D. Entrance Exam – a $95 value! (included) Study Guide ($95 savings) not required
  • Interior Design Color Wheel for Color Schemes – a $21.95 value! (included)
  • Graduation Certificate

*Please note that there are no refunds on purchased materials once they are opened since the information is considered proprietary.

C.I.D. Online Program

The C.I.D. Certification Online Course is written specifically for the Interior Decorator by Ron Renner, founder and president of Certified Interior Decorators International (C.I.D.). Instruction includes the basics of certification, elements of interior design and decoration, business practice, and “How to Charge for Services.” Teaching also includes the latest information concerning the practice of interior design versus the role of the “Certified Interior Decorator.”

The C.I.D. Certification Program is the ONLY course of study teaching “Interior Decorator Certification” and is the most informative and direct route to C.I.D. Certification.

The Online Interior Decorating Program (the Online Course is iPad compatible) is for those who prefer online studies. Students tend to complete the online course more quickly and grading of the final exam is immediate because it is automated through the website. The Online Program takes approximately 2-6 weeks to complete.

The program consist of eight lessons with question and answer reviews after each session, a session test and a 50-question final exam which is the Certified International Decorators Entrance Exam. This user-friendly automated course is easy to complete and includes all multiple choice and true/false questions. $895.00

Upon completion of the program and passing the C.I.D. Entrance Exam, you will be qualified to join C.I.D. YOUR FIRST YEAR OF MEMBERSHIP IS FREE. (a savings of $295.00)

*If you would like a more in-depth program, please consider purchasing the workbook course rather than the online course.