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Distinguish Yourself

Enhance your professional credibility by earning the CHID credential. April exam application deadline is January 14, 2019. Apply today!

Recognizing excellence, commitment, and knowledge

Whether you’re a healthcare interior designer looking to boost your professional credibility and help advance the field; or someone looking for a highly qualified healthcare interior designer to join your team, you’ve come to the right place. AAHID’s Certified Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID) credential recognizes excellence, commitment, and knowledge of this complex discipline.

Committed to creating the best environments for healthcare delivery, Certified Healthcare Interior Designers are the most qualified to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of patients, residents, and staff in hospitals, clinics, and residential care facilities.

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  • Kristin Ellingsen

    When I went for my CHID credential in 2008, the economy was changing. Some design markets were drying up; designers who were great commercial or hospitality designers were moving over into healthcare, and not always successfully. I got my CHID credential to set myself apart from these groups; it’s the work I love to do and feeds my brain with its evolution of change. It just gets better. Having the credential makes clear my area of expertise; I have been contacted numerous time because of potential clients are also more aware of the difference.

    If healthcare is where you want to go with your design career, doors will open for you when you have AAHID behind you and the CHID credential in your hand.

    Kristin Ellingsen
    CHID, IIDA, EDAC
  • John DuBard

    What I love about Interior Design is the capacity of the built environment to shape perception and behavior. That is the ability to positively influence the human condition.

    What I love about my practice in Healthcare Interior Design is that through providing relief to the requirements of caregivers in their routines, in shaping perceptions to alleviate concerns of visitors as to the wellbeing of their loved ones and by addressing patient comfort, dignity and recovery, I provide services that enhance basic human needs for the greater good of mankind.

    AAHID in its mission, positions CHID credentialed professionals to better serve society.

    John DuBard
    CHID, IIDA, LEED AP
  • Ghina Itani

    “My passion for healthcare design has led me to AAHID, and I felt that its mission is in line with my career path and I had to be a part of it. So I completed the required credentials by obtaining the NCIDQ certification in 2011, and passed the CHID exam in the spring of 2013. Although I am passionate about residential and commercial design projects, I believe that my true calling is in healthcare design; Creating healing environments that promote safe mobility and independence to patients give me true satisfaction, knowing that I am making a difference in someone’s life by improving their living spaces”.

    Ghina Itani
    CHID, ASID, EDAC