Job requirements Interior Designer near Toronto (ON)

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "interior designer" was moved from the group Interior designers and interior decorators (NOC 5242) to the group Interior designers and interior decorators (NOC 52121).

Find out what you typically need to work as an interior designer near Toronto (ON). These requirements are applicable to all Interior designers and interior decorators (NOC 52121).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Interior designers
  • A university degree or college diploma in interior design is usually required.
  • The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination may be required after six years of combined study and experience.
  • Certification by a provincial institute or association is required to use protected titles related to interior designers in all provinces except Prince Edward Island.
  • Interior decorators
  • A college certificate or diploma in interior decoration is usually required.
  • Membership in the Canadian Decorators' Association is available to qualified decorators.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a professional licence from a regulatory authority before you can start working. Licensing can be compulsory or voluntary, depending on the occupation.

  • If the licence is compulsory, you must be certified before you can practise the occupation and use the professional designation.
  • If the licence is voluntary, you don’t need to be certified to practise this occupation.

Find out if your occupation is regulated and contact the regulatory authority to learn about the certification process.

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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