Differentiating Your Career with Certifications and Credentials

Differentiating Your Career with Certifications and Credentials

Learn more about the importance of certifications and credentials to help you advance your career.

As you begin your interior design career, you have a wealth of credentials and certifications to pursue to showcase your advanced and specialized knowledge. But how should you choose? As NCIDQ Certification establishes your credibility as an interior designer and expands your career opportunities, pursuing additional certifications such as LEED AP, WELL AP, and others will set your career apart on your terms. Recent graduates, emerging professionals, and experienced ASID members discussed the NCIDQ exam and other certifications, lifelong learning, and keys to their success. Walk away with guidance to take into account as you plan to add value to your career path.

This is a recording of a webinar presented on June 30, 2022.

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Aaron Rask Codden, ASID, AIA, NCARB, SCCID, NCIDQ, WELL AP, LEED Green Assoc

Architect + Interior Designer, Adjunct Instructor

GSBS Architects

Aaron is a highly motivated, sustainability-focused architect and interior designer in Salt Lake City. His work focuses on both new construction and historic rehabilitation for national and state parks. Typologies include visitor centers, ranger stations, kiosks, and park ranger housing. In addition, Aaron is also an experienced graphic designer and highly skilled in brand development and management. Although trained as an architect, Aaron earned his NCIDQ Certification in June of 2021 to better prepare him for a leadership role in the future, operating a firm that is able to offer seamless interior design and architectural services. He is a huge advocate for the interior design profession.

AnneMarie Morman, WELL AP

Interior Designer

SHP Architects

AnneMarie Morman, a 2020 Interior Design Program graduate of Miami University, is an Interior Designer at SHP Architects in Columbus, Ohio. While at Miami, AnneMarie supplemented her coursework in the areas of disability studies and psychology to align with her passion for empathetic and individualistic design. Her current work primarily revolves around PK-12 educational projects. AnneMarie is a WELL Accredited Professional working to design healthy places in which the next generations can learn and grow. She recently passed the NCIDQ IFX Exam and is actively preparing for the experience-based portions of the Exam. 

Leslie Shankman-Cohn, FASID, NCIDQ, RID, CAPS, CGP

Partner/Principal Designer

Jill Hertz Interior Design

Leslie Shankman-Cohn, NCIDQ, RID, ASID, CAPS, CGP has been focusing on Aging in Place and Universal Design for the past 15+ years. She is a past president of the TN chapter of ASID and the TN Interior Design Coalition. Leslie has been teaching CAPS and Universal Design courses for the NAHBA. Additionally, she presents courses on Aging in Style! to professionals, interested stakeholders, and the public. She focuses on the important role of design in the places we live, work, and play and how that contributes to our ability to prolong independent living no matter our age or ability. 



Virginia Weida Designs LLC

Virginia Weida is an accomplished interior designer with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of Commercial Interior Design. She creates solutions with aesthetics to support the business culture, function, and practicality demanded by facility managers and building owners, as well as sustainable solutions to protect the environment.

Katherine Setser, ASID, NCIDQ, IDEC, IIDA (Moderator)

Assistant Professor, Architecture + Interior Design

Miami University

Katherine Setser teaches in the ARC+ID Department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her award-winning career spans nearly four decades and includes specialized concentrations in design research and forensic evaluation. Her teaching and research explore and inform the interior design profession in areas of professional recognition, statutory regulation, education and practice standards, and ethics. Ms. Setser actively engages nationally and internationally in the development of codes, standards, assessments, and accreditation for the design profession, and has been instrumental in the development of interior design legislation. She is a frequent consultant to design organizations and an extensive lecturer. Ms. Setser was awarded the 2022 Design Luminary Award (ASID) and the 2018 Louis S. Tregre Award (CIDQ) for her significant contributions to the interior design profession. In addition to her position at Miami University, Ms. Setser has held faculty appointments at University of Cincinnati, Western Kentucky University, and University of Tennessee – Knoxville.


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