California Council for Interior Design Certification
The standard for interior designers in the State of California
"Public Protection Through Examination and Certification"

1605 Grand Avenue, Suite 4
San Marcos, CA 92069
Phone: 760 - 761-4734 / Fax: 760 - 761-4736
E-mail: CCIDC

CCIDC eNews ~ December 2010

Date: December 20th 2010


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California Council for Interior Design Certification
The standard for interior designers in the State of California

1605 Grand Avenue, Suite 4 San Marcos, CA 92078
Tel. 760-761-4734  Fax 760-761-4736  

December, 2010
News for Certified Interior Designers

Season�s Greetings
from the CCIDC Board and Staff!
Robert E. Wright,  Zara Stender, Susan Hauser Ellis, Richard Galitz, 
Joanne Stage,  Chris Coldoff,  Michelle Eaton, John Searles, 
Marie Kimble Cooley, Deborah Ogden, David Wagner,
Doug Stead, Roze Wiebe




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Happy 20th Anniversary for Certification and CCIDC
On January 1, 1991 Senate Bill 153, introduced by Senator William Craven, became law
thus creating Section 5800 of the California Business & Professions Code and "certification" for interior designers in this state. During this time over 6,500 people have applied and as of this writing 4,976 have become certified. There are many more waiting in the wings either to obtain the IDEX California examination (next exam window
March 2011) or their work experience.
Since the inception of the first private nonprofit certification board in California, namely CCIDC, there have been many more created by the legislature, the latest of which is the Massage Therapy Board. It appears CCIDC started a trend for regulatory boards in California that the legislature deems do not require to be under the direct supervision of the state or the Department of Consumer Affairs. This prevents the board from becoming a burden on the taxpayer as all private nonprofit boards are supported by their respective professions and the certification fees they pay.
The board, like all private nonprofit boards, is held accountable by the California legislature through the Sunset Review process. CCIDC is slated for Sunset Review in 2012 where it will be required to respond to a lengthy questionnaire on its operations and activities from the Joint Legislative Sunset Review Committee (JLSRC), as well as attending a public hearing in the state Capitol whereby the JLSRC can direct questions to the CCIDC staff and board members. These hearings are open to the public.
CCIDC looks forward to another 20 years as the certification board for interior designers in California and serving the needs of "Certified Interior Designers" in this state, as well as continuing to outreach to the general public and interior design students through the interior design schools and programs. It is anticipated that many more private nonprofit boards will be created in the future after the CCIDC model, perhaps not only in California, but in other states as well, that will help to strengthen this concept for the future.

For more information,
download CCIDC Legislative History (.pdf)

CALGreen becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2011
What will CIDs need to know?

Approximately the first 25% of the code is "mandatory", the rest is "voluntary". Out of the "mandatory" section very little, if any at all, will affect interior designers. Designers will have to know some of it, especially about water-saving devices and fixtures, but after this code goes into affect, designers won't be able to specify, purchase, or have a plumber install any of these devices or fixtures that are not compliant.

There are also some "R"-value standards affecting interior partitions on nonresidential buildings. Another area will be paint and finishes and the issue of VOCs, but this has been in existence for quite a while now, so there shouldn't be too many surprises there.

Again, most of this will be covered by standard notes on the interior design drawings. The bulk of this code (about 95% of it) will affect architects and mechanical & electrical engineers, not interior designers. There are many "reserved" sections in CAL Green under items not yet developed, so expect this code to greatly expand in the future.

To download the entire CalGreen building code for free, go to: (.pdf, 193 pgs, 6.26 MB).

CAL Green Comes to Los Angeles
An Interview with Osama Youman
Excerpts from Green Technology Magazine

�The City of Los Angeles, at approximately 4 million people, has a population greater than the four next largest California cities combined. No other city faces the challenges of implementing an entirely new building code like CALGreen on such a scale. Editor-at-Large Bob Graves met recently with Osama Younan, chief of the Green Building and Mechanical Engineering Section, Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, to learn how the City's planning and preparations for CALGreen are proceeding in advance of its January 1st, 2011 start date.

How has the City of Los Angeles been preparing for the implementation of CALGreen?
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has participated in the development of the CALGreen code and continues to work with the State of California in their effort to create guidelines. The Department has been working hard to come up with necessary materials, procedures and training for the implementation of this new code . The City is on track to implement CALGreen so that it works within our existing permitting system and we are able to maintain a high level of customer service.�

Continued on Green Technology News

2010 Appliance Efficiency Regulations Become Effective January 1, 2011
Learn about the new appliance regulations from the California Energy Commission. California's Appliance Efficiency Regulations were established in 1976  in response to a legislative mandate to reduce California's energy consumption. The regulations are updated periodically to allow consideration and possible incorporation of new energy efficiency technologies and methods. These regulations were adopted by the Energy Commission on November 18,  2009.

Download the 2010 Appliance Efficiency Regulations. (PDF, 226 pgs, 1.1 MB)

Dept. of Justice logo - ADA standards

Coming in 2012 - - New ADA Standards
There are new ADA standards on the horizon for 2012 which will affect all designers, as well as architects and engineers. They look a lot like Title 24 with still a lot of exceptions. They can be viewed in detail at the Access Board .gov web site

These standards, as adopted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in September 2010, will take effect March 15, 2012 and replace DOJ�s original ADA standards. DOJ is allowing immediate use  of the 2010 standards as an alternative to the original 1991 standards. DOJ�s standards apply to facilities covered by the ADA, including places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local  government facilities.

These new standards will definitely affect all of the national interior design examinations and possibly the IDEX California certification examination.

Santa vs. Modern Architecture





Employment Opportunities - These faculty positions are still open.

CID Wanted for Interior Design Instructor, Ca�ada College Redwood City, CA
Teach classes from the regular Interior Design/Architecture Department curriculum; update and develop new curriculum with an emphasis on Green/Sustainable Design. Job details here.

CID Wanted for Assistant/Associate Professor, Interior Design CSULB
Cal State University Long Beach (CSULB) has a full-time tenure track position available for an Assistant/Associate Professor, Interior Designer. Job details here.



New CCIDC policy on payment acceptance
CCIDC has always taken the highest precautions to keep your credit card and check information safe.  In compliance with the newest security standards, we will no longer accept telephone or fax payments. 

Fees may now only be paid by U.S. mail or through our SSL encrypted secure server on the Web
(look for + a long string of numbers).

To pay your CCIDC fees, go to

As a sidenote for your security: NEVER send your credit card information via e-mail.

Educational Events & CEUs for CIDs

FREE SUSTAINABILITY SEMINARS by the Southern California Gas Company

Understanding the Residential Mandatory Measures of the CALGreen Code
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Time: 8:30 a.m.- � noon (8 a.m. check-in and continental breakfast.)
Cost: No fee
Learn more about Seminar#24312     Register online for Seminar #24312

New Opportunities in a Changing Industry: Learn More About Energy-Related Certifications, BPI, HERS and Green Raters
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Time: 1 p.m. �4:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. check-in and lunch.)
Cost: No fee
Learn more about Seminar# 24313   Register for Seminar #24313

CALGreen and the LEED® for New Construction Rating System
Friday, February 25, 2011
Time: 8:30 a.m.�11:30 a.m. (8 a.m. check-in and continental breakfast.)
Cost: No fee
Learn more about Seminar# 24321   Register for Seminar #24321

More Gas Company seminars that may be of interest to CIDs

All of the above events are good for CEU credit with CCIDC.

This holiday catch up on your CEUs
CIDs are required to have 1.0 credit (10 hours) for every two years of Certification (equiv. to .5 credits = 5 hours each year). Catch up on your CEU requirement this holiday by taking some of these free or low cost courses - many are offered online.


IDEX - 2011 Deadlines to Register for our Certification exam

March 1, 2011 is the deadline to register for the May IDEX and apply for certification
Spring IDEX is given May 1-31, 2011
Designers must register by midnight March 1, 2011.

August 1, 2011 is the deadline to
register for the October IDEX and apply for certification
Fall IDEX is given October 1-31, 2011
Designers must register by midnight August 1, 2011.

Study for IDEX (through third parties)

The IDEXPrep eGuide is a resource for just about everything you�ll need to help you study for the IDEX exam.
$72.00 - Get 21% off now with discount code: idx2011 (offer good now through Feb.28, 2011)

IDEX Reference Books
This Amazon affiliate is for new & used IDEX reference books

California Codes and Regulations for Interior Designers Resource Manual
This illustrated manual is a useful resource to help you study for the IDEX California exam.
$109.00 plus tax and shipping

The ORIGINAL IDEX California Prep Class
A concise, 8-hour class that focuses on the exam contents. Included are over 80 pages of handout information.
Class Schedule 2011    
$296 �Early Bird� /  $326 Regular    Register here

IDEX Essentials: The Power to Pass the IDEX California Exam provides a thorough review of each of the IDEX California exam's three domains.
$109.95 plus handling, tax and shipping

CCIDC does not receive any compensation from the third parties listed above

Hilton Los Angeles North-Glendale

Save the Date for our January Board Meeting + CEU
Our board meeting will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 in the Los Angeles area (near the Burbank airport).  The location of our board meeting is at the Hilton Los Angeles North-Glendale, 100 West Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202.

Register early for Denise Turner�s CEU. More information here!

Board Meeting Schedule
9:00 am -Disciplinary proceedings  (Closed session)
10:00 am - 12:00 noon is the public portion of our meeting
12:00 noon - Break for lunch
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm  Denise Turner�s CEU presentation 
It is not mandatory to attend our board meeting to attend our CEUs.

Credit 2 hours CCIDC; 2.0 LU HSW; .2 CEU HSW
Your CEU fee is tax-deductible. CCIDC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

These seminars are open to interior design professionals and students as well as the general public.

Marketing tools for Certified Interior Designers

ABC Brochure - �Answers & Basics for Consumers� is available to print online or you may request 10 printed copies "free of charge� by sending an E-mail or checking the box at the bottom of your certification renewal notice.

Subscribe to the Certified Interior Designer Pages
Help a Client Find YOU for Their Next Project! Put your photos and web site on the CCIDC site! FAQ:

Consumer's Guide to Hiring a Certified Interior Designer

Hiring an Interior Designer? Make sure they�re Certified!

The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Hiring an Interior Designer

The Difference Between a Decorator and an Interior Designer

A CID's Code of Ethics and Conduct

Add �n track your CEUs - It�s easy, fun and it�s free!

Here�s a great way for you to report your CEUs (and your Change of Address) to CCIDC.
No more $12.00 reporting fees to other organizations!.

Create your own private CEU Registry. You provide a login name and password, then you can access your account 24/7 (see sample view below).  Your account keeps all your CEU courses in one place, so you�ll never have to wonder how many you�ve taken.

Register today for your free account! It takes one minute, and you can enter your CEUs later.  You can even enter CEUs that you�ve taken since 1995.

CEU registry for Certified Interior Designers

Year-end savings tips and tax deductions!
If you have received a renewal invoice this year, remember to pay before December 31, 2010 to get your full tax deduction. Always check with your tax professional first, and note CCIDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

If you haven't received a renewal notice this year, you can still renew early and get full credit even if you haven't completed your CEUs yet. Your CEUs can be completed later and sent to us
electronically. Certification renewal online is at or you can mail a check (postmarked by December 31st) to CCIDC, 1605 Grand Avenue, Suite 4 San Marcos, CA 92078    

Need more tax deductions?
The Certified Interior Designer Pages have been viewed over 168,657 times!
This is a great opportunity for you to jump start your business for the New Year and attract new clients. Get your CID Page for 12 months or renew your listing for a full 18 months - both just $100.00.
Sign up or extend your CID Page to take advantage of your year-end advertising tax-deduction!
Not sure? 
See what other CIDs listings look like.

Also, register for our Jan. 22 CEU for your continuing education tax-deduction!

Have a Happy Holiday and a Prosperous New Year!
CCIDC will be closed for a half day on December 23rd, all day December 24 and will return on Monday, December 27.

We will also be closed for a half day on December 30, all day December 31, and will return on Monday, January 3, 2011.

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