Get Your Interior Decorator Certification Online

Learn How to Become an Interior Decorator & Grow Your Business in Four Weeks

*Our interior decorator certification process is 100% flexible, and fits around your own schedule

Our Most Popular Professional Interior Decorating Course:

Your investment:

Just $247

Or six small payments


6 to 8 weeks of part-time study


All courses are covered by a rock-solid 30-day money back guarantee.

Earn Your Interior Decorator Certification Online

The Home Staging Institute has been the leading provider of online home staging certification for over 10 years, and now we are proud to present the Interior Decorating Institute (Launched in 2023!).

Our mission is to help our students either become exceptional interior decorators or start their own successful interior decorating businesses.

We achieve this by focusing on four key principles:

  • We offer lifetime access to all course materials, that get updated frequently
  • Our lifetime email support ensures questions are answered within 24 hours
  • We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee to ensure you’re 100% satisfied
Unsure where to start? View our most popular interior decorating course below, or take our quiz to find out which course is right for you.
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100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If you’re not happy, we’re not happy, so all of our courses are covered by a rock-solid 30-day money-back guarantee.

If you purchase a course and subsequently discover that it wasn’t right for you after all, email us and we’ll refund the full cost within one working day.


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Choose an Interior Decorator Certification course below...

Who it’s aimed at

Anyone dreaming of making a career out of interior decorating, and wishes to earn the title of a Certified Decorating Expert.

Typical Professional Course student
Someone either new to interior decorating, or with some prior experience. They would like 4-6 clients per month and want to demonstrate they earned their interior decorator certification.

Length of this course
With roughly twenty hours worth of online reading, the Professional Interior Decorating course takes the average student six to eight weeks to complete but can take some as little as two weeks.

$247 One-off payment.
(or six monthly payments of $42)

Who it’s aimed at
People who would like to offer their interior decorating services professionally and want immediate access to the Institute’s full range of resources. 

Typical student
A career-minded person who wants all their bases covered.

Length of course
The Advanced Course core units take approximately twenty hours to complete, but there are 10 hours worth of additional units, and various extra interior decorating resources available.

$498 One-off payment
(or six monthly payments of $83)

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Affordable & Convenient Interior Decorator Certification

There are a number of online interior decorator courses and it can be tough to know which one is best for you.

Our advice is to choose an online course that gives you lifetime access, without an annual renewal fee. Learning interior decorating shouldn’t cost you thousands, and you should have permanent access to the learning materials you have paid for – even when they get updated.

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Move Through The Interior Decorator Course At Your Own Pace

You can complete our interior decorating course in as little as three weeks, or you can revisit it when you have time and take as long as you like.

We’ll never remove your access, and when we update our materials or resources, you’ll always access the latest versions.

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The Benefits of Taking Our Interior Decorating Course

  1. An online interior decorating course has none of the costs of local in-person courses, so is typically a LOT cheaper than attending a seminar.
  2. The assignments throughout the course are designed to be fine and apply the skills you are learning. You’ll complete real-world projects that your future-clients will no doubt ask you to complete for them.
  3. If you are completely new to interior decorating, that’s ok, our course will turn you into the professional interior decorator you are striving to become. If you have experience already, we are confident you’ll learn extra skills while taking our course.

Simple Step-by-Step Process
We make the decorating concepts easy to understand but offer lifetime email support anyway.

Flexible Process Fits Your Schedule
Work on the course when you want, where you want, going as fast or slow as you like.

Done-for-You Interior Decorating Forms
Every interior decorating course comes with our interior decorating forms saving you time and bother.

Start a Business That You Love
Most students complete the Professional Course in four to six weeks and go on to get their first paying client within three months!

How to Deal With Any Situation Imaginable
Our extensive list of frequently asked questions covers virtually any situation imaginable, gleaned from over ten years of doing this.

Where to Find Your First Customers
No business exists without a constant flow of paying customers. We dedicate two entire units of the course to this vitally important topic.

Browse our Free Interior Decorating Guides

How To Start an Interior Decorating Business

Our free guide explains exactly how to start an interior decorating business, and the steps you need to go through to ensure it is successful.

How To Become a Interior Decorator

Learn how to kickstart your career as an interior decorator. What are the best interior decorating certifications, how do you get them, and how to get your foot into the industry.

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Interior Decorating Checklist

Our master checklist is a must-have in your toolkit. This interior decorating checklist goes through every room in the house to ensure you forget nothing when doing client consultations.

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Interior Decorating Income Report

Curious about what other interior decorators earn? This guide gives you insight into your earning potential throughout the United States.

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Interior Decorating Contract

Every interior decorator should sign a contract with their client before starting a new project. Here is our sample contract so you can get an idea of how to structure it, and what to include.

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Wholesale Vendor Lists

We keep our interior decorating wholesale list up to date so you can find the best trusted interior decor wholesalers easily.

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What to look for in a interior decorator certification...

Does the course have any exams before awarding the interior decorating certification?

Yes, both the courses do require an exam to be taken and submitted online before you’ll be sent your certificate of completion. This exam can be done online, in your own time, without a time limit.

We allow each student to have an additional retry if they don’t score high enough the first time.

The exam is a mix of multichoice questions, short written answers, and the submission of a few photographs showing your interior decorating style.

Does the course offer any marketing material and information?

There is a unit on interior decorating marketing within the Advanced Course.

Does the course include hands-on training?

Our course is delivered 100% online, but we do ask for some practical hands-on work as part of the assignments.

This involves small tasks around your own home, or a client’s home, to demonstrate that you are applying some of the skills we teach.

You’ll take photos of this work and submit them within the student dashboard.

Does the course provider offer ongoing continuing education?

Both our courses offer lifetime access for a one-time enrollment fee. We update the content frequently and are always adding new guides and resources, so you can check back whenever you feel you need to keep up to date with the latest interior decorating developments and trends.

We don’t require any ongoing fees, or annual renewals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I really earn an interior decorating certification online?

Yes, that’s what the Interior Decorating Institute has been founded to provide – a modern, digital-first method to learning interior decorating online and earning your certification. Upon submission and passing of our exam, you’ll be awarded the credentials C.D.E (Certified Decorating Expert) from the Interior Decorating Institute.

Another website says they are the only company that can “certify” interior decorators.

That’s right. Many industries have governing bodies such as accounting and engineering which are heavily regulated by the government – but interior decorating isn’t a heavily regulated field, so we don’t believe one company should be able to make such a claim. Imagine if Mcdonald’s one day claimed they were the only company allowed to sell burgers…

Why is your course price lower than others?

Our course is 100% online, which means we don’t have to pay for offices or warehouses to teach interior decorating. 

Do I need to pay any ongoing fees as part of your interior decorating certification course?

No, we are strongly against ongoing fees. You pay once for access to our courses, and you receive lifetime access. Other online interior decorating courses charge a membership fee of $295 annually.

What is the total course cost?

Our Professional Course costs $247, and the Advanced Course $498. There are no costs over and above this.

Are there any prerequisites to take these courses?

No, both courses we offer and designed to take people from beginners to competent interior decorators. You don’t need any existing knowledge of the industry to sign up.

Do you offer any free interior decorating training?

Not at the moment. We are considering a free interior decorating course in the coming months, but it will be an extremely basic course with just the essentials, and no exam or certificate will be included in this free course.

What’s the difference between home staging and interior decorating?

Although we teach this within our course (Unit 1), there are also several guides on this available online for free from QC Design School, Foxy Home Staging, MHM Professional Staging, and

How long will your interior decorating certification take?

Most students complete the course in 6 to 8 weeks of part-time study, but some have completed it in one week of concentrated study, and others will choose to take 12 months or more if they are fitting it in around a full-time job ad other commitments. There is no time limit imposed.

Do I have to pay extra if I need help after I finish the program?

No, you have lifetime access and we’ll provide email help if and when you need it after completing the course.

What’s with the exam?

The exam is a straightforward process and a mixture of short written answers, multichoice questions, and uploaded photos that we ask you to take throughout the course. There is no time limit.

Is this interior decorating certification 100% online?

Yes, our course is 100% online. When signing up you’ll get access to your student dashboard where you’ll see the course material including written content, quizzes, slides, and downloadable resources.

Do I get a certificate after completing the interior decorating course?

Yes, you’ll receive a certificate delivered via email with your completion date and full name. This can be used on your marketing material or printed locally if desired.