• Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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How many modules are in the course?

There are 10 modules or lessons. Within each module, there are anywhere from 5 to 30 topics. For instance, in Module 1 there are 9 topics:

Brief History of Interior Design
What is Interior Design?
The Mindset of a Successful Interior Decorator
A Day In the Life of An Interior Designer
What is Visioning
Introduction to Vision Boards
Six Simple Steps to Create A Vision Board
Checklist to Ensure a Successful Vision Board
Pre-Programming Questionnaire

Download the complete curriculum.

How many assignments are in each module?

There are anywhere from 2 to 3 assignments for each module with the exception of the business module that have four and five assignments, respectively.

How difficult are the assignments?

Each module has corresponding interactive assignments that are structured to help you implement the concepts you learned. You can reach us by email at inspire@rdm-staging.us/nextgendesignacademy to set up a phone call or ask your questions.

How do students find the time to take an online course?

The Universe treats us all to the same amount of minutes in a day, but in the real-world many of our students suffer from multiple combinations of dream-career obstructions such as full-time jobs, kids, sick family members, broken limbs, vacations, sinus infections (To our knowledge no one has suffered all 6 obstructions at the same time, thank god.)

You always have access to the course.

Have a full-time job? No  problem! Just about all of our students are working full-time. They solved this issue by jumping into the course before work, after dinner, or on weekends when everyone is still asleep. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and sink into the material.

Need to stay late at work? No problem! Logon during your lunch break. That way get to avoid Nancy at the lunch table while she chews her sandwich with her mouth open, yuck.

Your kids take up most of your free time? Again, no problem! Our students catch up on their lessons while waiting in the car to pick up the kids, or sitting in the doctor’s waiting room (You know their never on time), or as their nighly reading in bed.

If you have a different dream-career obstructions from the ones above, one of our students has probably over come a similar one. Email us and we’ll help you find a way.

But in reality, our students are typically so excited to be learning something they’re passionate about that they always find time to dive into the material and complete their fun assignments.

How long does it take to complete the course?

NextGen is totally self-paced, so depending upon how much time you dedicate determins how fast. That said, most of our students take on average 6 months to complete the course and earn their certificate. Exciting to think that six months from right now you could be a certified interior decorator.

You have 12 months to complete the couse. If you need to take off a month to help a friend move to Bali, you won’t miss a beat.

Do I get a certified as an Interior Decorator?

Certification is not required to become an interior decorator. However NextGen Design Academy will provide you with a certificate after all your assignments and projects are completed and reviewed by our advisory board You Will then receive your Certification from Next Gen Design Academy and then become a member of Next GEN’s Council of Decorating Professionals (NGCDP)

Our yearly membership will be $250 per year to continue your membership in (NGCDP)

Why get a certificate?

How can you benefit from a certificate from NextGen Design Academy?
Your clients or employer instantly respect you as a professional which creates a healthy working environment.
Your prospective clients feel more confident to hire you giving you a competitive advantage when marketing your services.
Your personal sense of achievement and confidence grows with such an accomplishment. Ultimately it reflects in your work and makes you a better decorator.
Your resume stands out from other applicants with a decorating credential.
Your clients trust your decisions and make it easier to do your best work.
Your expertise is evident and affords you the opportunity for promotions.

What is included in this certificate online course?

This all-inclusive NGDA Interior Decorator Certificate Course Online package includes:

Registration for the Interior Decorator Certificate Course Online
Access to our Design professionals to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice
Downloadable Interior Decorator Certificate personalized with your name and the seal of NGDA’s Council of Decorating Professional,(NGCDP) which you may print (Optional)
Opportunity to order official certificates printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of NextGen Design Academy.

Do I need to be technical to take an online course?

There are no technical skills required but being able to work a computer, iPad, notebook to access all coursework would be helpful.

If I don't want to start a business, what kind of jobs are available to me?