Applicants that do not meet the actual educational requirements of a CIDA Accredited Bachelors Degree must go through the Intern Competency Review System (ICRS). A candidate's combined education and work experience might very well meet the same requirements.

The ICRS is an impartial third party system managed by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), to assess our candidates. It is a comprehensive study of the competencies that are required by a CIDA accreditation. The ICRS entails submitting a book of evidence, documents, projects, written material, etc. which demonstrates that you have the equivalent competencies as the CIDA requirements. Once you have completed that system, you are then given permission to write the CIDQ exam, thereby becoming an Intern member of the Interior Designers of New Brunswick (IDNB).