5 earn highest Decorating Den certification

Easton, Md. —Decorating Den Interiors announced the five newest design professionals to earn the company’s highest design professional certification, Decorating Den Certified Decorator (DDCD). They are:

 Sandy Kozar, Knoxville, Tenn. (www.sandykozar.decoratingden.com ) and her design associate Rachael Sheridan

Erika Lee, Cincinnati, Ohio (www.erikalee.decoratingden.com )

Heather Malachowski, a decorator with the Shivers Design Team, Springfield, Mo.  (www.nshivers.decoratingden.com )

Vicki Rorison, The Woodlands, Texas (www.vicki.decoratingden.com )

“The DDCD program recognizes achievements in interior design, education, sales, and overall professional excellence,” explains Bobbie Combs, ASID, director of training and education.  Franchise owners and decorators achieve DDCD status by meeting interior design, sales and training requirements and passing a three-day day exam consisting of a multiple choice and short answer exam, a design practicum with presentation. 

“Our exam is modeled after the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam which enables designers to easily validate their knowledge, experience, and skill to clients.  The strenuous requirements of the DDCD Exam gives clients the added confidence in the caliber of work from Decorating Den Certified Designers,” said Combs.

The program was started in 1984 by Carol Bugg, DDCD, ASID, then vice president and director of design, now retired. To qualify for the exam, a franchise owner must have a minimum of two years of experience with Decorating Den Interiors, completed Professional Design and Sales School and specific “lifestyle design” courses offered by the company, and have obtained approval of both the region and corporate training departments. 

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