Connect with H&H

decorating courses

HHassist's picture
HHassist

wondering what the consensus on sheffield is? I realize there is a difference between designer & decorator... how are any of you taking sheffield's course doing? Any advice? I'm a stay at home mom, & find the homeschooling approach best for me right now. I appreciate anything anyone has to offer.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous

so, perhaps that you have more experience in the industry can you explain what these associations do for you other than identify you as part of the elite. What would have happened in your case if you hadn't met the requirements?

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous

a few of us have looked into arido they do not recognize any correspondance or distance courses...therefore, no hope of being registered with them unless you attend one of their recognized schools. HOWEVER, this alone cannot prevent any of us from working in the industry. Who knows what the future will bring, with so many schools beginning to offer degrees online eventually all things must change.

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous

Oh, you're very welcome. I hope you manage to get something out of it. I know how confusing it was when I started. But you know what? I agree with what you said about it being what you do with it. I have been in love with art and decor my whole life, and now, as I move toward building a career out of it, I have found there is so much info and not enough facts to help you through it... and not enough people with the right answers. So I'm stumbling like everyone else. I emailed Alex Myers from Sheffield tonite and asked him if he could tell me whether the course I'm taking is accredited in my province. I'll wait to see what he says. I'll keep you posted. But he did say that it was, in the beginning. I posed my question more direct!!! :-)

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous

I just want to say thank you...you have been very helpful. Every little bit helps in sorting through this. Ultimately, I believe it's what you do with the education, and in an industry that is constantly changing we never stop learning. I'm enthuised regardless of the licencing issue! I will definately look into the links you've provided.

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous

This is a really interesting and valuable piece of information, too.

"What is the difference between an Interior Decorator and an Interior Designer?
A college education majoring in Interior Design is necessary for a person to become an Interior Designer. However, due to licensing laws in various states, many interior Designers have been 'grandfathered' into licensing and professional organizations without education or training in Interior Design and many are 'self-taught' without formal education. The consumer cannot know> whether their designer was ever college educated.

C.I.D. members must have received training or certification by an approved educational program, they are not required to have a college degree. Members are also required to maintain a local occupational license as an Interior Decorator on a County level only and tax resale certificate on the State level. C.I.D. will not permit 'grandfathering' (experience) without recognized education. "

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous

Maybe I should also clarify that to be certified as a Designer, you must meet the criteria set out by the Interior Designer Association in your province, as provincial legislation limits the use of the term "designer" to those who belong to their individual provincial design bodies. And in order to be a member of those bodies, you must meet the criteria set out in their guidelines.

However, "decorators" fall into a different category.

Here's a little info that might clarify that. It's all very confusing, isn't it?

http://www.cidinternational.org/

If you find out anything different, please let me know. :-)

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous

Here's another site that will probably help you out.

http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/view-en.asp?Grp=00EB00F10106&ID=262&act=2&tbID=2#Heading%201

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous

I would begin with your local Provincial Dept of Education - I believe where I ended up getting my information was from Canada Customs and Rev Agency - they told me that if it's a tuition paid correspondence course and it qualifies as a tax deduction, then it is recognized. And Sheffield provides you with a receipt for tax purposes. If you go here and read up, CCRA recognizes Sheffield as a learning institution, therefore, by regulation, the province must accept it as a certified correspondence course.

http://www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/E/pub/tp/it516r2/it516r2-e.html#P164_19587

Especially pay attention to the part near the bottom under:
"Certification to Support Claims".

Sheffield provides a graduation certificate at the end of the course, therefore, they meet all the criteria set out in the act.

I hope that helps give you a starting point. It's a bit of a run around, but just keep pushing, and eventually you'll get an answer, and if they (provincial) tell you differently, kindly refer them to the Tax Act. :-)

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous

who do we contact when you say dept. of education? would that be the local college?

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous

That's interesting, because I did an enormous amount of research which resulted in getting a letter from our Dept of Continuing Education that Sheffield does in fact license you! It states that as long as it is a recognized college (by the department's standards) that it is recognized as a license to operate, and doing such qualifies you. I have spoken to a couple of different people and we've had lengthy debates about this very subject. If I were you, I would contact your local dept of education and ask specifically about what Sheffield qualifies you as.

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous

Thank you Lila! I've looked into cdeca & will sign on as a student member as soon as my program starts in January. In the meantime any suggestions as to how or where I can get info on up coming trade events?

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous

I got that feeling in doing some research. I have also signed up for an evening course that is recognized by ADECA. Do you feel like you learned anything valuable from sheffield? Aside from the fact that it doesn't licence you, do you think the lessons were good? I'm raelly just trying to gather as much knowledge as I can. My sister in law studied design in T.O. & she is not licensed either yet. If I'm understanding it - ARIDO is who does the licencing. What does it take to get into the trade shows?

Comment Guidelines

We welcome your feedback on Houseandhome.com. H&H reserves the right to remove any unsuitable personal remarks made about the bloggers, hosts, homeowners and/or guests we feature. Please keep your comments focused on decorating, design, cooking and other lifestyle topics. Adopt a tone you would be willing to use in person and do not make slanderous remarks or use denigrating language. If you see a comment that you believe violates any of the guidelines outlined above, please click “Flag as inappropriate.” Thank you.

OK