This acronym stands for Interior Design Experience Program, a plan connected to NCIDQ. According to the NCIDQ website, it is a “monitored, documented experience program administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) for graduates of interior design programs.” Since more and more state-level licensing boards demand interior design experience (in addition to regulated education and NCIDQ examination), NCIDQ offers the structured program of IDEP to assist. Note that IDEP is not a job placement service – finding employment is up to the candidate. Instead, IDEP simply “targets critical experience areas for the professional interior designer in any specialty area.” Depending on the candidate’s educational background and work schedule, the program’s length will be approximately two or three years. To learn more about IDEP, visit www.ncidq.com.
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