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Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale's Cathie Pliess Selected for National Council of Interior Design Grading Panel




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Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale's Cathie Pliess Selected for National Council of Interior Design Grading Panel

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(Fort Lauderdale, FL  May 31, 2013) Cathie Pliess, program coordinator of design at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, was recently selected to be an exam grader for the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) spring 2013 administration, one of just 40 professionals across the country to be selected for this role.

Passing the examination and earning the respected National Council of Interior Design Qualification  (NCIDQ) Certificate signifies that an interior designer has met rigorous standards for education, experience and examination for interior designers in North America. Graders help CIDQ maintain these standards to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

"NCIDQ Certificate holders represent qualified interior designers – those who are deemed capable (through education, experience and examination) to protect the public's health, safety and welfare," explains Kim Ciesynski, 2013 CIDQ president. "Our graders are responsible for upholding the standards and determining who those qualified individuals are. The role of a grader is extremely important in ensuring CIDQ's mission of public protection is upheld and we value Ms. Pliess’s participation. Our volunteers are the backbone of CIDQ."

All NCIDQ Examination graders are required to be active NCIDQ Certificate holders. Pliess earned her NCIDQ Certificate in April 2005. Pliess graduated from Arizona State University with a master of science in interior design and has worked in the interior design field for 22 years. In her current position with The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Pliess is responsible for the academic management of the Interior Design and Industrial Design programs.

“We are honored to have Ms. Pliess represent The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale as a grader; it speaks to not only her dedication to our students, but also her dedication to the continued evolvement of the interior design field,” says Claude Toland, president of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is located at 1799 S.E. 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. For information, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/fort-lauderdale, call 800.275.7603, or email aifladm@aii.edu.

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source of education for design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important information.

CIDQ® is an organization of regulatory  boards and provincial associations in the United States and Canada whose core purpose is to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design. More information about the organization may be found at www.ncidq.org.

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