You may be bursting at the seams with natural talent, but if you want to become an Interior Designer in the US or Canada, you need to be licensed by the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualifications). In the past, many individuals may have had the talent but not the financial resources to follow their dream of becoming a designer, but now a window of opportunity has been opened wide by a European organisation called Limperts Academy of Design...
In the USA & Canada, the NCIDQ are responsible for official licensing through their examination, which is required by anyone wishing to practice interior design in many states. Limperts Academy of Design offer a BTEC HND (Higher National Diploma)in Interior Design that meets the NCIDQ education requirements of 60 semester credits. Students can complete this program in as little as two years, and after gaining the specified amount of work experience they will be eligible to sit the NCIDQ examination. A significant benefit of the course structure offered by Limperts Academy of Design is that home study removes international borders and many obstacles that have previously existed. One such obstacle is the cost of education in the US, where a typical 2 year college course will cost in the region of $50,000. A similar college program in Europe will be a fraction of that cost and indeed, this HND in Interior Design is available for less than the cost of a typical semester in the US.
With financial barriers removed in this way, you have the opportunity to explore your natural talent and study while you continue to earn in your full time employment. Limperts Academy of Design also structure this particular program so that after successfully completing the first part of the program, students will be awarded a Diploma in Interior Design. This will enable you to begin building your work experience as you continue to study. The benefits of this approach are obvious and Limperts Academy are the only course provider to deliberately structure their courses this way and offer this level of flexibility. So you really can have your cake AND eat it!
Limperts Academy of Design specialise in professional design training programs that train students through home study. Their Head Office is based in Ireland and they have enrolled students in over 17 countries, helping them to achieve standards of excellence through distance learning that were previously described as "impossible". Their commitment to providing quality training programs has resulted in unique teaching and student support systems that produce unparalleled results. Principal Maria Flynn sums up their approach, "We don't just teach design, we encourage each and every student to access and nurture their own natural sense of flair and creativity. We also teach the technical and practical skills necessary to translate those design ideas into reality."