Professional development is at the core of our Chapter's initiatives. We strive to support our members at every level of their professional journey.

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The National Council for Interior Design Qualification protects public health, safety and welfare by identifying interior designers who have the knowledge and experience to create interior spaces that are not just aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and safe. The core purpose of NCIDQ is to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design.

An independent, nonprofit organization of state and provincial credentialing bodies, NCIDQ has issued professional certificates to competent interior design professionals since 1974. Interior designers who meet NCIDQ’s eligibility requirements for education and experience and pass the rigorous NCIDQ Examination are assigned a unique NCIDQ Certificate number that attests to their qualifications for employers, state regulators and the general public. In addition to developing and administering the examination, NCIDQ provides research and expertise that informs state and provincial licensing laws and regulations for the interior design profession.

Learn More About Taking the NCIDQ


In 2022, the IIDA Great Plains Chapter is offering members 4 months of access to QPractice’s Team Plan at a discounted rate of $320.
Visit the QPractice website to learn more about what is included in a Team Plan.

IIDA Discount Team Plan

(With IIDA Great Plain discount) - $320

Comparable Individual Plan

(without IIDA Great Plain discount) - $596

Comparable Team Plan

(without IIDA Great Plain discount) - $420

Taking the NCIDQ SOON?

Email VP of Professional Development to receive updates and form study groups

CEU Complience

Introducing The IDCEC MOBILE APP


A little more Info:

Understanding the value of continuing education and research has been the mainstay of IIDA since its inception. Educated practitioners make informed, safe, and creative decisions which affect us all. Educational programs serve as a creative outlet to promote awareness regarding pertinent issues within the practice of Interior Design.

IIDA Professional and Associate Members are required to complete and report 1.0 CEU (10 hours) of Continuing Education during the compliance period. All Professional and Associate Members (active and inactive) including Educators, IIDA Fellows and Chapter Officers must adhere to IIDA compliance requirements.

IIDA accepts all IDCEC approved courses. It is the responsibility of each Member to maintain their own records. Please review the Helpful Hints attachment before using the IDCEC CE Registry.



Share your knowledge and expertise with hundreds of hungry minds when you receive IDCEC approval for your continuing education course.
Become a presenter
Continuing education opportunities come in a variety of formats. We can help you find a course format that works for you. Our CEU database includes lectures, seminars, forum discussions, and online venues
CEU Opportunites

The Design Discovery Fund (DDF) was established in 2018 through the IIDA Great Plains Chapter sponsorship campaign.  This chapter benefit supports members in activities that pertain to education, knowledge, or research within the interior design industry and/or professional development, and which will have a positive value returned to the IIDA Great Plains Chapter design community.




someplace new to learn something new.



beyond what is offered at your employer.





a skill or skillset.



with our Chapter.



As a designer, leader, and human.


  • Applicant must be a current IIDA Great Plains Chapter member in good standing. Applicant must have been an IIDA member for at least 3 consecutive years. Eligible activities must pertain to education, knowledge or research within the interior design industry, and/or professional development.

    Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to: 
  • College - Level Courses
  • Research Programs
  • Expertise Workshops and Training
  • Maker Craft Immersion
  • Photography, graphic design class
  • Professional Examination(Note: NCIDQ / LEED exams are not eligible.  IIDA Headquarters offers reimbursement for these exams.)


  • Each Summer, interested applicants have the opportunity to apply and pitch their ideas.
  • Chapter Advisory Committee and Chapter Board of Directors review applications. Recipient is announced each Fall and must complete the activity within one year of receiving the award.


Audrey Dobbe

Milano Design Week, $3,500

Jamie Eckmann

WYLD Conference West Women’s Leadership Retreat, $3,500

Tara Miller

Fall 2021 HD Expo, $3,500

Amy Dishman

Fall 2020 USGBC Greenbuild Conference, $2,500

WYLD Conference West Women’s Leadership Retreat, $3,500

Katrina Stoffel

Color Design Program by Leatrice Eiseman, $3,500

WYLD Conference West Women’s Leadership Retreat, $3,500

Tara Miller DDF Winner


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