Certificate in Certified Residential Interior Designer Online Course

Gain education, career opportunities, and professional status in the interior design industry


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Prepare for a career as a residential interior designer 

This program will educate you on what our contemporary design aesthetic owes to the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, as you will explore historical design styles that influence design choices today.

Investigate the elements of interior design such as materials, color, textiles, lighting, and accessories, and discover how to combine these elements to create the type of atmosphere that your clients desire.

This interior design certificate program will provide you with insight on running your own design business and teach you the fundamentals and ethical practices involved in becoming a Residential Interior Designer. It will offer helpful information on establishing your business, networking with contractors and vendors, marketing, meeting with clients, and managing projects in an ethical and professional way. It will also provide you with skills that will prepare you to seek out clients and help them transform their interiors into satisfying spaces. 

The program offers useful documents and exercises to help you practice and develop your skills. For instance, you can compile the knowledge you gain throughout the course to create a floor plan and a complete design concept for a family room in your first big project. By the end of the program, you can use your design concepts in a profile to present to potential clients.

Upon registering, you receive six months to complete this program.

Upon completing this program, you will:

  • Understand what a residential interior designer does.
  • Be familiar with major design styles and movements throughout history.
  • Know how to manipulate the basic elements involved in residential interior design projects.
  • Understand the steps required to work as a residential interior designer and start your own design business.
  • Have experience creating a design concept and floor plan.

Course Fast Facts:

  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing offline
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment with CoursesForSuccess.com, an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon the completion of this program, you can take the Residential Interior Designer Exam (R.I.D.E.) through the Designer Society of America, or DSA. Once you achieve certification, you can qualify for a free one-year DSA membership, and you may be able to participate in an optional 40-hour internship through DSA, if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

Getting Started

  • Exploring a Career in Residential Interior Design
  • Design Basics
  • Space Planning

History of Styles and Furnishings

  • History of Styles and Furnishings, Part I: Prehistoric Times to the Middle Ages
  • History of Styles and Furnishings, Part II: The Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • History of Styles and Furnishings, Part III: Modernism, Non-European Influences, and Furniture Styles

Elements of Design

  • Materials
  • Color
  • Textiles
  • Lighting Fundamentals
  • Accents and Accessories

Working as a Residential Interior Designer

  • Industry Regulations
  • Putting It All Together

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because Our programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

2. How long does it take to complete a program?

Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.

3. Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need (with the exception of a few very inexpensive items for your project) are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. We will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

4. Can I get financial assistance?

Our courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

5. What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

6. Am I guaranteed a job?

Our programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

7. Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

9. Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

10. How will I submit my family room project?

Your project is to complete the floor plan and design concept for a family room.  You do not need to actually execute your concept in a real interior. When you're ready to complete the program, you will follow the detailed instructions for completing your family room project presentation board. You will submit a written portion as well as several photos of your presentation board to your instructor. You may need to purchase some inexpensive supplies (foam core and mat boards, a cutting tool, and mounting materials such as foam tape or Velcro) to put your board together. You will not need to send the presentation board itself to your instructor—this will be yours to keep.

11. What does my free one-year membership in the Designer Society of America entitle me to?

Membership benefits include:

  • Design News Flash and Support, an all-member communication concerning the interior design industry, practice issues, and trends, sent every three weeks via e-mail.
  • Invitations to chapter and region meetings, special events, and activities.
  • DSA Web site access, with information and online versions of past DSA newsletters and publications.
  • DSA's online membership directory. 
  • Discounted prices on national product lines and resources, with direct links (for members in U.S. and Canada).
  • Invitation to DSA annual celebration, which features winners of the Interior Design Competitions and member awards.
  • Reduced member rates for DSA-sponsored competitions and Residential Design Competition.
  • Free membership in Pier 1 design concepts, Designer Trade Market, Williams Sonoma Home, Pottery Barn, program for DSA members.
  • Chapter-level CEU programs.
  • Tele-seminar and webinar annual schedules.
  • DSA logo upload (member-only section) and appellation.
  • Use of DSA professional designation.
  • DSA Membership Card.
  • Discounted advertising rates in DSA publications and on the DSA Web site.
  • Networking opportunities through chapter and motivational task forums. 
  • Personal 80-page portfolio for designers to exhibit their work.
  • Trade center locations and information in resources.
  • Locate-a-designer program for consumers.
  • National recognition. 
  • Hotel and resort discounts during meetings.
  • Member advantage program to promote members’ success.

12. When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

13.  What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

 

Natasha Lima-Younts has worked in the field of interior design for more than 20 years. She graduated from Bauder Design College, where she studied both clothing design and interior design. She went on to found Gables Interiors in Miami, Florida, in 1991. In 2006, she moved to Albany, Georgia, and founded Gables Plantation Designs. Her work has been featured in magazines including Florida Architecture and Spectacular Homes, as well as on The View with Barbara Walters. She was also chosen as a "Designer for the Stars" for seven years in a row in Miami. In 1999, she founded the Designer Society of America (DSA) to create a sense of community among interior designers and help aspiring designers achieve their goals. Currently, she devotes most of her time to the DSA and works with clients when her schedule permits.

About this Course

Prepare for a career as a residential interior designer 

This program will educate you on what our contemporary design aesthetic owes to the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, as you will explore historical design styles that influence design choices today.

Investigate the elements of interior design such as materials, color, textiles, lighting, and accessories, and discover how to combine these elements to create the type of atmosphere that your clients desire.

This interior design certificate program will provide you with insight on running your own design business and teach you the fundamentals and ethical practices involved in becoming a Residential Interior Designer. It will offer helpful information on establishing your business, networking with contractors and vendors, marketing, meeting with clients, and managing projects in an ethical and professional way. It will also provide you with skills that will prepare you to seek out clients and help them transform their interiors into satisfying spaces. 

The program offers useful documents and exercises to help you practice and develop your skills. For instance, you can compile the knowledge you gain throughout the course to create a floor plan and a complete design concept for a family room in your first big project. By the end of the program, you can use your design concepts in a profile to present to potential clients.

Upon registering, you receive six months to complete this program.

Upon completing this program, you will:

  • Understand what a residential interior designer does.
  • Be familiar with major design styles and movements throughout history.
  • Know how to manipulate the basic elements involved in residential interior design projects.
  • Understand the steps required to work as a residential interior designer and start your own design business.
  • Have experience creating a design concept and floor plan.

Course Fast Facts:

  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing offline
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment with CoursesForSuccess.com, an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon the completion of this program, you can take the Residential Interior Designer Exam (R.I.D.E.) through the Designer Society of America, or DSA. Once you achieve certification, you can qualify for a free one-year DSA membership, and you may be able to participate in an optional 40-hour internship through DSA, if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

Getting Started

  • Exploring a Career in Residential Interior Design
  • Design Basics
  • Space Planning

History of Styles and Furnishings

  • History of Styles and Furnishings, Part I: Prehistoric Times to the Middle Ages
  • History of Styles and Furnishings, Part II: The Renaissance to the 20th Century
  • History of Styles and Furnishings, Part III: Modernism, Non-European Influences, and Furniture Styles

Elements of Design

  • Materials
  • Color
  • Textiles
  • Lighting Fundamentals
  • Accents and Accessories

Working as a Residential Interior Designer

  • Industry Regulations
  • Putting It All Together

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because Our programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

2. How long does it take to complete a program?

Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.

3. Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need (with the exception of a few very inexpensive items for your project) are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. We will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

4. Can I get financial assistance?

Our courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

5. What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

6. Am I guaranteed a job?

Our programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

7. Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

9. Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

10. How will I submit my family room project?

Your project is to complete the floor plan and design concept for a family room.  You do not need to actually execute your concept in a real interior. When you're ready to complete the program, you will follow the detailed instructions for completing your family room project presentation board. You will submit a written portion as well as several photos of your presentation board to your instructor. You may need to purchase some inexpensive supplies (foam core and mat boards, a cutting tool, and mounting materials such as foam tape or Velcro) to put your board together. You will not need to send the presentation board itself to your instructor—this will be yours to keep.

11. What does my free one-year membership in the Designer Society of America entitle me to?

Membership benefits include:

  • Design News Flash and Support, an all-member communication concerning the interior design industry, practice issues, and trends, sent every three weeks via e-mail.
  • Invitations to chapter and region meetings, special events, and activities.
  • DSA Web site access, with information and online versions of past DSA newsletters and publications.
  • DSA's online membership directory. 
  • Discounted prices on national product lines and resources, with direct links (for members in U.S. and Canada).
  • Invitation to DSA annual celebration, which features winners of the Interior Design Competitions and member awards.
  • Reduced member rates for DSA-sponsored competitions and Residential Design Competition.
  • Free membership in Pier 1 design concepts, Designer Trade Market, Williams Sonoma Home, Pottery Barn, program for DSA members.
  • Chapter-level CEU programs.
  • Tele-seminar and webinar annual schedules.
  • DSA logo upload (member-only section) and appellation.
  • Use of DSA professional designation.
  • DSA Membership Card.
  • Discounted advertising rates in DSA publications and on the DSA Web site.
  • Networking opportunities through chapter and motivational task forums. 
  • Personal 80-page portfolio for designers to exhibit their work.
  • Trade center locations and information in resources.
  • Locate-a-designer program for consumers.
  • National recognition. 
  • Hotel and resort discounts during meetings.
  • Member advantage program to promote members’ success.

12. When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

13.  What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

 

Natasha Lima-Younts has worked in the field of interior design for more than 20 years. She graduated from Bauder Design College, where she studied both clothing design and interior design. She went on to found Gables Interiors in Miami, Florida, in 1991. In 2006, she moved to Albany, Georgia, and founded Gables Plantation Designs. Her work has been featured in magazines including Florida Architecture and Spectacular Homes, as well as on The View with Barbara Walters. She was also chosen as a "Designer for the Stars" for seven years in a row in Miami. In 1999, she founded the Designer Society of America (DSA) to create a sense of community among interior designers and help aspiring designers achieve their goals. Currently, she devotes most of her time to the DSA and works with clients when her schedule permits.

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 007GES515
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 6 months
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: 120 Hours
Qualification: Certificate

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