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how to be an interior designer?

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[OP]
Newbie
Feb 11, 2018
3 posts
toronto

how to be an interior designer?

Hi everybody
I'm a newcomer to Canada (Toronto) and I have a master degree in Industrial Design. I have worked as an Interior Designer in my country for 6 years and now here I don't know how to start! Go to college or university or get a diploma or any license? or Just apply for a job? I'm gonna start learning Revit coz it seems it's a requirement for an interior designer and I'm thinking about learning Building codes or finding a class for that. so would you pls suggest me how to and where to start? any short-term classes or something like that?
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Sr. Member
Aug 2, 2012
668 posts
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Welcome to Canada!

First, check out this website: http://www.arido.ca/ I don't believe it's essential to be a member of ARIDO to work in your field, but it would be useful and give you credibility.

Second: you have relevant education in your field, so why look at a college or university program? Evaluate your education, if you haven't already done it, and most of all make sure you have your portfolio.

Third, you mention Revit. What other software is commonly used in your field in Canada? Job postings will show you that. Join your local public library and use your library credentials to access lynda.com and you will find free video tutorials in Revit, AutoCAD (multiple versions), SketchUP and other drafting programs.

Fourth: get connected with an agency that helps newcomers to find work. In Toronto, you can go to JVS, COSTI, Acces Employment - they all offer free help to get connected to your field.

Good luck!
[OP]
Newbie
Feb 11, 2018
3 posts
toronto
EmpCouns wrote: Welcome to Canada!

First, check out this website: http://www.arido.ca/ I don't believe it's essential to be a member of ARIDO to work in your field, but it would be useful and give you credibility.

Second: you have relevant education in your field, so why look at a college or university program? Evaluate your education, if you haven't already done it, and most of all make sure you have your portfolio.

Third, you mention Revit. What other software is commonly used in your field in Canada? Job postings will show you that. Join your local public library and use your library credentials to access lynda.com and you will find free video tutorials in Revit, AutoCAD (multiple versions), SketchUP and other drafting programs.

Fourth: get connected with an agency that helps newcomers to find work. In Toronto, you can go to JVS, COSTI, Acces Employment - they all offer free help to get connected to your field.

Good luck!
Thank you so much for your useful suggestions.

I was thinking about college or some classes coz I'm not familiar with some stuff here like building codes. On the other hand, unfortunately, I'm not confident enough as everything is new for me and I'm really confused. Confused Face

So another question is that can I pass some selected courses at a university like Ryerson? Do they give me any document that I've passed these courses there?

By the way, I'm going to join a library, however, I've already started watching Revit tutorials and also I've had language assessment at YMCA for finding a mentor in Skill for Change. Would it be useful?

Tnx
Jr. Member
Feb 7, 2018
155 posts
54 upvotes
Toronto ON
Hi Baharz and welcome to Canada.

If you have already 6y experience, I don't think you need to start from the beginning, but yes, things like tutorials and learning the local software would be beneficial. Use Indeed or LinkedIn to find jobs. A good written resume wins half of the interview (and gets you to an interview, which is important here, since even this is hard).
[OP]
Newbie
Feb 11, 2018
3 posts
toronto
Hi and thank you for your response,

I'm trying to find a short-term certificate just to update myself, and then start looking for job, but most of them are courses not certificates, like in George Brown I have found some courses such as Interior Design Fundamentals, Drafting for Interior Decorating and Architectural Technology, (All the three courses about $1500) but I'm not sure if courses are as good as certificate! and also I have found a certificate in Ryerson (Fundamentals of Interior Design) but expensive and no Aid/OSAP eligible. So I still feel confused but I do need to take apart in some classes or co-op to build-up my confidence and be able to work.
Do you have any idea what I should do?

Thanks in Advance
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[OP]
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Feb 11, 2018
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toronto
Oh tnk u for mentioning! I'm not familiar with the culture hereSmiling Face With Open Mouth And Cold Sweat

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