Apply for the IDEX California – Path 1

Path 1 is for Applicants who meet minimum education or experience-only requirements but who are still in the process of completing the necessary education/work experience, may take the IDEX California® Examination.  After successfully passing the IDEX California® Examination, these candidates must submit the required proof of education/work experience, as listed under the Categories of Certification, in order to complete the certification process.

Minimum Education or Experience-only Requirements:

  1. You are an interior designer or student with 2 years of education (min. 40 “Core” interior design semester units)  or
  2. You are an interior designer or student with more than 5 but less than 8 years of work experience.
  • Registration Deadline for the Spring IDEX California® Examination is March 1st
  • Registration Deadline for the Fall IDEX California® Examination is August 1st

Application Process

CATEGORIES OF CERTIFICATION

All Certified Interior Designers must meet an education, work experience and examination requirement under one of the four categories:

Category A

  • Have a minimum of 80 Core Semester Units from an accredited interior design degree program;
  • Two years of diversified interior design experience;
  • Passage of IDEX California® Exam.

Category B

  1. Have a minimum of 60 Core Semester Units from an accredited interior design certificate program;
  2. Three years of diversified interior design experience;
  3. Passage of IDEX California® exam.

Category C

  1. A minimum of 40 Core Semester Units from an accredited interior design program;
  2. Four years of diversified interior design experience;
  3. Passage of IDEX California® exam.

Category D

  • Have at least eight years of interior design education, or at least eight years of diversified interior design experience, or a combination of interior design education and diversified interior design experience that together total at least eight years.
  • Passage of IDEX California® exam.

IDEX California Exam Information