JOIN NWSID

Thank you for your interest in the Northwest Society of Interior Designers, Southern Chapter. Joining a dynamic organization with established, accredited and energetic professionals benefits your reputation, relationships, referrals and more.

Public Perception. NWSID designers have met educational requirements and adhere to ethical standards. That gives clients confidence that their interior design project will be handled by a knowledgeable, trustworthy design professional.

Please look over the following links in preparation of membership:

Mission Statement/Code of Ethics

NWSID Policies

Job Descriptions

Category Labels

General Membership
Requirements

To maintain active member status:

All members must comply with dues payment requirements and adhere to the Code of Ethics.

All members must attend at least six general meetings per fiscal year. Functions include all General and Board Meetings, and special events.

All members must earn 0.5 continuing education credits (5 contact hours) per year:

  • 0.3 (3 contact hours) of these credits must be officially designated CEU credits. These CEU credits are registered.
  • 0.2 (2 contact hours) are a combination of the following:
    • NWSID promoted events excluding monthly general meetings
    • Keynote presentations from trade shows such as KBIS, NEOCON, etc.
    • NORDEX keynote speakers
    • Third Thursday keynote speakers (Seattle Design Center) – does not include showroom presentations
    • Webinars/Webcasts

Member
Benefits

Interior Design and Professional Resource Members enjoy the support of a growing organization dedicated to continuing education, accountability and peer networking that benefit your business and professional status. Other Benefits of NWSID Membership include:

  • Increased resource awareness and sales opportunities for PRA members
  • Information sharing
  • Networking and relationship building
  • Affordability
  • Ability to host 60-80 people at your place of business
  • Locally based, nationally known
  • Opportunity to support community non-profits
  • Source of referrals
  • Mentorships and internships
  • No national overhead
  • Industry education
  • Neutral on legislation

Membership Qualifications/Categories/Applications

Membership for Northwest Society of Interior Designers consists of the following categories:

Professional Member

Designer/Student Member Application (PDF)

 Annual Dues: $275.00

New applicants or NWSID Associate members may become Professional Members upon successful completion of one of the following:

  1. Passage of the NCIDQ, CQRID, CKBD or the equivalent as required by the state in which the member resides.
  2. Completion of at least four years of college in an accredited interior design program and is currently active in the field, with no less than five years design work experience.
  3. Completion of an Associate’s Degree in an accredited interior design program or degree from a technical school approved by the local NWSID Chapter Board and is currently active in the field, with no less than seven years design work experience.
  4. Completion of a post-secondary school level education and is currently active in the field of interior design, with no less than eight years design work experience.

Associate Member

Designer/Student Member Application (PDF)

Annual Dues: $275.00

New applicants or NWSID Emerging members may become Associate Members upon successful completion of one of the following:

  1. Completion of at least two years of college in an accredited interior design program or completion of a program at a technical school approved by the NWSID Chapter Board.
  2. Completion of a post-secondary school level education and is currently active in the field of interior design with no less than three years of design work experience.
  3. Completion of five years of design work experience, with three letters of recommendation: one from a client, and one from a contractor, and one from a trade supplier.

Emerging Design Member

Designer/Student Member Application (PDF)

Annual Dues: $55.00

  1. Applicant who is enrolled in an accredited interior design school, college, or technical school program in interior design.
  2. Applicant working toward required years of design work experience, with three letters of recommendation: one from a client, and one from a contractor, and one from a trade supplier.

Sustaining Design Member

Designer/Student Member Application (PDF)

Annual Dues: $137.50

A semi or totally retired Associate or Professional Member in good standing, who has reached 60 years of age, and has been active in NWSID for 5 or more years, is eligible to apply for this level, with no drop in benefits and member status, and pay only half the membership dues they are currently paying.

At Large Membership

Designer/Student Member Application (PDF)

Annual Dues: Remain at current membership category rate

Any design member who is unable to participate in organizational events and meetings due to illness, personal crisis or sabbatical. The Chapter Board on a yearly basis must approve At Large Membership status. Voting privileges are revoked with this status. Membership level at the time of the request for this status is maintained.

Professional Resource Affiliates (PRA)

Professional Resource Affiliate Application (PDF)

Annual Dues: $275.00 (Includes 2 representatives; additional $75 for 3+ representatives)
$500 Joint Seattle-Portland membership (Includes 4 representatives, 2 for each market)

Professionals who are in allied trades with valid business credentials or professionals in education who support the efforts of interior designers. PRA’s may not vote unless they hold an elected office on the chapter board. This excludes holding the office of President and President Elect. Each accredited interior design school, college or technical school is entitled to one honorary PRA membership per year in the interior design department. PRA members are not required to maintain CEU’s for Membership.

To move from one membership category to the next higher category, the member must show that they have fulfilled the qualifications for the new category. The member must petition the Vice President of Membership for this change in status, presenting proof that the new requirements have been met. This applies to all but sustaining Members and PRAs. These two categories do not move into a new category description.