Both programs are editions of the same Decorator Training Institute (DTI) Program, written by Ron Renner, Founder and President of Certified Interior Decorators International. You receive the same certificate of graduation upon completion and are eligible to apply for CID membership. Your choice between the two programs will be partly one of personal preference, based on whether you prefer to work from a book or in front of a computer screen.
Ron Renner is a (founding) professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ #1456). He is also one of the nations first Licensed Interior Designers as granted by the Florida State Board of Architecture and Interior Design (FL.#0000114). Mr. Renner is a nationally known "Vassar Showcase House" designer whose work is featured in numerous decorating magazines. He has written articles on Interior Design published in hundreds of newspapers nationwide.
What is the difference between the online and workbook programs:
The Workbook Course includes hands-on projects, furniture templates, and an interior design color wheel, in addition to leaving you with the printed workbook for future reference. All other things being equal, it is the option we recommend most highly. This version of the course provides more room for personal interaction with the instructor, who will personally critique your work on the hands-on projects — making the connection between book learning and practical experience.
The Online Course may make sense for those who prefer online studies. You can start your studies immediately, using the password you will receive shortly after your credit card payment clears. The online course can be a completely paperless option. Students tend to complete the online course a little more quickly, and grading of the final exam is immediate because it is automated through the website.