A message from Holly Mattson, Executive Director of CIDA.

CIDA is always looking for qualified practitioners and educators who are interested in serving as site visitors to interior design programs seeking accreditation. Being a CIDA site visitor is an enriching opportunity that involves interacting with students and meeting new colleagues. Some key points about becoming a CIDA site visitor:

  1. Only experienced practitioners and educators who meet qualifications are eligible for appointment.
  2. Site visitors must be willing to participate in at least one site visit to an interior design program annually.  Site visitors must commit the necessary time to attend a full site visit as well as participate in the follow-up process after the team has submitted their report to CIDA.
  3. New site visitors must attend in-person training prior to participating on their first site visit. Training is held annually and typically occurs over a weekend. CIDA covers the cost of site visitor training.
  4. CIDA and the program directly pay or reimburse expenses for site visitors’ travel, lodging, and meals during on-site reviews.
    A full description of site visitor responsibilities and an application form are attached. Applications must include an individual’s current credentials and two letters of reference. The CIDA Accreditation Commission reviews complete applications and makes recommendations to the CIDA Board of Directors. The Board then acts on appointments. If you have questions about the application process or would like to learn more about becoming a CIDA site visitor, please contact Stacy Peck, site visit and meeting coordinator ( or 616-458-0400).

Please feel free to pass this information along to colleagues who may be interested as well!
Best regards,

Holly Mattson Executive Director
Council for Interior Design Accreditation
T 616.458.0400 C 616.970.6668 F 616.458.0460 E

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