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Engineering, Architecture, Science and Technology

Interior Designer

Interior designers create and enhance interior spaces to improve quality of life, increase productivity and protect public health, safety and welfare.


The Alberta Association of Architects
Duggan House10515 Saskatchewan Dr. NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T6E 4S1

Call: 780-432-0224
Fax: 780-439-1431


Under Alberta's Architects Act [pdf] and Architects Act General Regulation [pdf], the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) oversees interior designer certification, which entitles designers to practise a portion of the scope of practice defined in the Architects Act and Regulation. You do not have to be registered if you do not practise as or use the title Licensed Interior Designer.

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • A Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited degree in interior design, or equivalent
  • 2 years of practical training
  • Successful completion of approved examinations, including the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination

For detailed official information about registration requirements, contact the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA).

Working in Alberta

Interior designers who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta if certified interior designers in Alberta and the jurisdiction which applicant originates have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) website.

To learn about certification for internationally educated interior designers, see Interior Designer Licensing Process.

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