Certified Residential Interior Designer

Certified Residential Interior Designer

Distance Learning Course GES 515 » 120 hours>

Course Description

Are you seeking a career in Residential Interior Design or interested in learning about interior design strategies? If so, then the Residential Interior Design Exam and Education (RIDE) certification program will provide you with the education you are looking for.

This program will give you the basic skills and background you need to start working as a home interior designer. You will explore the cornerstones of good design, discover how to plan both visually appealing and functional spaces, and learn how interior design has evolved throughout history.

This program will also give you a glimpse into the excitement of running your own design business and train you on ethical practices for your business.

Upon completion of this program, you will take the Residential Interior Designer Exam (RIDE) as the final. After you receive your RIDE certification, receive benefits such as a free one-year Designer Society of America, or DSA designer membership and possible participation in a 40-hour internship through DSA, if you meet eligibility requirements.

About Interior Design

Take an inspiring journey into the past as you learn about the history of design styles and furnishings. What can ancient civilizations teach us about design? Surprisingly, quite a bit! You will find out what our contemporary design aesthetic owes to the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and you will explore historical design styles that people still love today.

Investigate the elements of interior design: materials, color, textiles, lighting, and accessories. Discover how to combine these elements to create the type of atmosphere that your clients desire.

This program will provide insight on running your own design business and will teach you the fundamentals and ethical practices involved in becoming a Residential Interior Designer.

It offers helpful information on establishing your business, networking with contractors and vendors, marketing, meeting with clients, and managing projects in an ethical and professional way.

The program offers useful documents and exercises to help you practice and develop your skills. Use the knowledge you gain throughout the course to create a floor plan and a complete design concept for a family room in your first big project. By the end of the program, you will be prepared to seek out clients and help them transform their interiors into satisfying spaces.

Tuition & Fees

2800.00 CAD

A. Getting Started

I. Exploring a Career in Residential Interior Design

II. Design Basics

III. Space Planning

B. History of Styles and Furnishings

IV. History of Styles and Furnishings, Part I: Prehistoric Times to the Middle Ages

V. History of Styles and Furnishings, Part II: The Renaissance to the 20th Century

VI. History of Styles and Furnishings, Part III: Modernism, Non-European Influences, and Furniture Styles

C. Elements of Design

VII. Materials

VIII. Color

IX. Textiles

X. Lighting Fundamentals

XI. Accents and Accessories

D. Working as a Residential Interior Designer

XII. Industry Regulations

XIII. Putting It All Together

Upon completing this program, you will:

Understand what a residential interior designer does.
Be familiar with major design styles and movements throughout history.
Know how to manipulate the basic elements involved in residential interior design projects.
Understand the steps required to work as a residential interior designer and start your own design business.
Have experience creating a design concept and floor plan.

About The Instructor

Natasha Lima-Younts has worked in the field of interior design for more than 20 years. She graduated from Bauder Design College, where she studied both clothing design and interior design. She went on to found Gables Interiors in Miami, Florida, in 1991. In 2006, she moved to Albany, Georgia, and founded Gables Plantation Designs. Her work has been featured in magazines including Florida Architecture and Spectacular Homes, as well as on The View with Barbara Walters. She was also chosen as a “Designer for the Stars” for seven years in a row in Miami. In 1999, she founded the Designer Society of America (DSA) to create a sense of community among interior designers and help aspiring designers achieve their goals. Currently, she devotes most of her time to the DSA and works with clients when her schedule permits.

This course is an online course.

Upon registering, you’re given an initial six months to complete this program. Should you need more time beyond the six months, an extension of six months is available at no additional cost.

Upon the completion of this program, you will take the Residential Interior Designer Exam (RIDE) through the Designer Society of America, or DSA. Once you achieve certification, you can receive a free one-year DSA membership, and you may be able to participate in an optional 40-hour internship through DSA, if you meet eligibility requirements.


You do not need any interior design experience to participate in this program. You should, however, have a strong interest in interior design and a desire to learn. To complete your assignments, you will need access to a digital camera and a basic understanding of how to use it. Access to a digital scanner is also helpful but not required.


The textbook Interior Design,by John F. Pile, is included in your tuition. You will also receive a free one-year membership in the Designer Society of America. You will need to have access to a digital camera and will need to know how to download digital photos to your computer. A high-speed Internet connection is also recommended.

This program can be taken on a PC or a Mac. The program is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. It is also compatible with Internet Explorer (versions 5.5 through 8) and Firefox (any version).

Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this course.

Facilitator was very helpful, greatly and enthusiastically sharing her knowledge and experience.”

I appreciated the ease of navigating through course, the depth of info of the course. The facilitator was very helpful, offered advice and feedback that was informative and useful. Great overall experience!”

My instructor was very supportive and kind throughout the program. The course was very instructive and support was always there when I needed it.”

Natasha was amazing! I live in Zhuhai, China and she was understanding and helpful the entire way. This is the first time I have taken an online course and I must say I was very lucky to have such a wonderful, caring, supportive facilitator as Natasha. She is a gem!”

The Residential Interior Designer course was a wonderful experience for me. I am a person who already has three years of college in an unrelated area of study and am wanting to enter the interior design field. The instructor, Natasha Lima-Younts, was extremely helpful; she was eager to share her professional knowledge and experience. I greatly appreciate the level of enthusiastic support and the personal and prompt attention offered cheerfully to a student in every turn. I particularly enjoyed the way the course was written — in a spirit of friendliness and optimism — and still so informative, yet easy to read. The included textbook serves as a valuable addition to the course, with a vast source of comprehensive information. I would recommend this course to any residential interior designer.”

I entered the 13th Annual Northwest Design Awards contest back in the fall sponsored by Seattle Design Center. In the student category I won the 1st or 2nd place! At the award ceremony they will tell me which one. ”

Thank you so much for your feedback, it has meant a lot to me, and I’m grateful for the time you have taken to point me in the right direction and encourage me!”

I greatly enjoyed the set up of the program, very easy to understand and follow. I cannot say enough good things about my facilitator, she was absolutely amazing. I have and would recommend this program to many more people in the future. Y’all are doing a wonderful job. Thank you for creating such a great program! ”


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