IID – The African Institute of the Interior Design Professions
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Membership Categories

Student Membership

The Student Membership Category applies to students of Architecture, Interior Design and Interior Architecture with a minimum of two years of study successfully completed. Also applies to students of Interior Decorating who are studying a one-year full-time Interior Decorating course.

Candidate Interior Decorator/Designer/Architect

Any person who has obtained the minimum qualification in interior architecture, interior design or interior decoration from an accredited educational institution, and/or is employed within the field and who intends applying for professional membership and who has satisfied the National Council of their professional competence and by compliance with the requirements set out in the application form.

Professional Interior Decorator

Any person who has obtained a minimum 1 year full time qualification from an accredited educational institution and a minimum of 5 years practical experience, or who has been practising for a minimum of 6 years and has satisfied the National Council of their professional competence and suitability and by compliance with the requirements set out in the application form.

Professional Interior Designer

Any person who has obtained a minimum 3 year full time diploma or degree from an accredited educational institution and a minimum of 3 years practical experience, or who has been practising for a minimum of 6 years and has satisfied the National Council of their professional competence and suitability and by compliance with the requirements set out in the application form.

Professional Interior Architect

Any person who has obtained minimum 5 year full time degree from an accredited educational institution affiliated to a faculty of Architecture at a University and a minimum of 1 years practical experience and who has satisfied the National Council of their professional competence and by compliance with the requirements set out in the application form.

Design Agency Member

Any large design consultancy or design department that has been practising interior design for a minimum of 5 years and employs 5 or more qualified and experienced interior architects / interior designers / interior decorators that meet all eligibility requirements and that satisfy the National Council of its professional commitment and suitability by compliance with requirements set out in the application form.

Interior Design Educator

Any person who has obtained a minimum 3 year qualification from an accredited institution and a minimum of 3 years teaching experience and whose primary source of income is derived as an educator in any of the Interior Design disciplines may apply for membership in the category of Interior Design Educator. The applicant will have to satisfy the National Council of their competence and compliance with the requirements set out in the Institute’s application form. Any person intending to apply as an Interior Design Educator and who has not yet qualified for the minimum 3 years teaching experience needs to apply as a Candidate member.

Approved Education Member

Any educational institution approved and accredited by the South African Department of Education and offering a minimum 1 year full time tertiary program in interior decorating and/or 3 year full time tertiary program in interior design or interior architecture may apply for membership in the category of Approved Education Member.

Affiliate Member

Any Company, institution or person who practices a trade or enterprise allied to but not practicing as an interior decorator, interior designer or interior architect may apply for affiliate membership of the Institute by satisfying the National Council of its professional commitment and suitability and by compliance with the requirements set out in the application form. A minimum of 5 years trading experience is required.

Corporate Member

Any company who practices a trade or enterprise allied to the Interior Design industry may apply for corporate membership of the Institute by satisfying the National Council of its professional commitment and suitability and by compliance with the requirements set out in the application form. A minimum of 5 years trading experience is required.

Founding Member

Any statutory body, public or private, whose management body wishes to support the Institute in attaining its objectives may apply to, or be invited by the National Council to become a Founding member of the Institute by compliance with the requirements set out in the Institute’s application form and satisfy the National Selection Committee of its professional commitment and suitability.

Honorary Member

Any person who is not qualified to be nominated for practising membership but who is a person of distinction whom the National Council wishes to honour and so elect because of his/her services to the Association and/or to the profession or the field of design by compliance with the requirements set out in the Institute’s application form and who has satisfied the National selection committee of his professional commitment and suitability.