CHID Certification

The Certified Healthcare Interior Designer certification (CHID), certifies the knowledge, skills and abilities of healthcare interior designers, distinguishing them from other architects, designers and decorators. Healthcare administrators seek CHID certificants, knowing they are fully qualified healthcare interior design professionals. The American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) also promotes research of healthcare interior environments and collaborates in developing improved products for healthcare interiors.

NCIDQ Certification holders may become eligible to take the CHID exam by completing an application that demonstrates or provides the following:

  • College degree with a major in interior design or related field.
  • NCIDQ Certification.
  • Minimum of three years' experience in healthcare interior design.
  • Minimum of three completed built projects from the past five years
  • Three letters of reference from clients that specifically indicate the applicant's role on the projects submitted with the portfolio.

The CHID certificate is awarded to successful applicants who pass the CHID exam, which includes content on the design of acute care, ambulatory/outpatient, long-term care/senior living, other medical, retail/hospitality, and support services facilities.

For further information, visit the AAHID Web site.