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 ~ June 2011

Date: June 23rd 2011

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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
CCIDC Web site

June, 2011
News for Certified Interior Designers






We had 60 candidates take the May, 2011 IDEX® California examination and 53 passed.
This is a 88% passing rate. The highest score was 144 out of 150 questions, and the lowest score was 76. The average score was 117. The �cut score� (the number of questions requiring a correct answer to pass) was 102.

Here is a breakdown by each Domain (section)
On the "California Codes and Regulations" section there were 46 questions with a high score of 45, and a low score of 20.

On the "Business Practices and Ethics" section there were 53 questions with a high score of 52, and a low score of 32.

On the "Design Standards" section there were 51 questions with a high score of 47, and a low score of 17.

CONGRATULATIONS to all those who passed!

The deadline to register is Monday, August 1st ! We now have new interactive application forms to help streamline and quicken your IDEX application and certification process!

The "Official" IDEX California Study Guide This is a free, 32-page download prepared by CCIDC which provides background information on IDEX, exam schedule, rules, release of results and exam format/content, sample questions and an FAQ.
This is NOT a 'study manual' per se. Please refer to third-party study materials listed below:

IDEX Review Course by Deborah Ogden, CID
Become familiar with the topics & learn the best study methods.
July 16, 2011 in Sacramento - Register by July 8 for early bird $295.
For details, see:

The IDEXPrep eGuide  by
This is a downloadable resource filled with what you need to study for the IDEX exam. Updated on April 5, version. 3.5 now has more sample questions & answers. It references California Building Codes, gives you disabled access drawings, technical bulletins, and pages to read in the IDEX reference books + more.
Regular price $75.00 no tax or shipping
Save 25% - Use discount code: idx731 / Discount expires 7/31/11.

IDEX Reference Books - an Amazon affiliate for new & used IDEX reference books

Take the IDEX Practice Quiz for free, online presents

�The Original IDEX California Prep Class� by Carol Lamkins, CID
Classes given in North Hollywood, Sacramento, So. San Francisco and Irvine
Early bird $296, reg. fee is $326 which takes effect 12 days prior to each class
For details on the Fall 2011 classes go to:
Register at:

2011 California Codes and Regulations for Interior Designers Reference Manual, 4th Edition
This edition was revised to reflect the CAL Green mandatory regulations. Additional changes, found in this edition, are in graphics and improved formatting which will make the material easier to follow. This illustrated manual is 322 pages and was updated in May 2011. It is a great resource for studying for the IDEX California as well as a great reference manual for all interior design projects.
$109.00 plus tax and shipping


PPI offers
IDEX Essentials: The Power to Pass the IDEX California Exam
by David Kent Ballast, FAIA, NCIDQ Certificate No. 9425. Provides a thorough review of each of the IDEX California exam's three domains. IDEX Essentials covers everything interior designers need to know about the 2007 California Building Code, business practices, ethics, and design standards.
$109.95 plus handling, tax and shipping
Get 10% off by using Promo Code IDEX3.
Discount valid until Oct.31, 2011.

Disclaimer:  CCIDC is not affiliated in any way with any third party exam preparation company or organization.  Read full disclaimer here:

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On behalf of all �Certified Interior Designers�, we spend considerable time in outreach endeavors to both consumers and building officials. We often supply lists of CIDs by geographic location to consumers who call and want a design professional for their project. We regularly attend and have a booth at CALBO events.

We publish marketing tools, help consumers with complaints dealing with unscrupulous designers (mainly non certified) and when CIDs need a little help in building department matters, we are just a phone call away.

If you are a self-employed CID please use our
free marketing tools to convey to your clients your level of professionalism, as there is no higher level in California for interior designers than to be Certified and recognized in California law (Business & Professions Code 5800-5812).

If you are a CID and interviewing for a job, be sure to tell your prospective employer about your Certification status.  You have education, experience and exam credentials which makes you an excellent choice for hiring.  


Patsy Zakian-Greenough


Kimberly Alonzo




Brian Kaneko

See our entire Board of Directors



Our next board meeting will be in the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, and the location is still to be determined. 

Our CEU is already set and will be �Your Internet Presence� The ease & importance of having a website for your interior design business. Presented by
Jon Anthony Gaugert, EPhost, Inc., San Diego, CA

This CEU covers what you need to know to start your own web site. The presenters will show live online web sites as examples of what to do and what not to do. This presentation is good for designers who are contemplating a web site and also those who already have one and are looking for ways to improve them and make them more effective. This CEU shows you the value of having a web site even if you have a small investment, they are vital to get your marketing message and project photographs in front of the world 24/7, 365.

Topics will include:

1) Web Design and the importance of having a user friendly website
2) Web Development and custom coding
3) SEO (search engine optimization) SEM (Search Engine Marketing) How it works.
4) Social Media: Facebook Twitter
5) How do search engines work? (Google, Bing, Yahoo, MSN)
6) (CMS) Content Management System Demonstration on how to maintain your website
7) Web Hosting, Cloud Solutions, Dedicated & Shared Servers, Smarter Mail-email
8) Blogs and Ecommerce
9) Photo galleries and video related web functionality
10) Statistics: Understanding the traffic volume and sources

Fee for this CEU is $20.00 online by Thursday, Sept. 22nd or pay $30.00 at door.
Register & pay here

Credit 2 hours by CCIDC. Note: this is not IDCEC approved, therefore it cannot be reported to any design associations such as (but not limited to) ASID or IIDA unless the attendee can, or wants to get separate approval from their respective association.

Your CEU fee is tax-deductible. CCIDC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Save $10. Register and pay by May 12:

It is not mandatory to attend our board meeting to attend our CEU.


for schools, large design or architectural firms and design associations

CCIDC would like to come to your school, design firm or chapter meeting to discuss certification for interior designers. Certification is the most important and only legally recognized credential in California. For free, we will provide an educational presentation on Certification and �how to� become a Certified Interior Designer.

We will cover the history of Certification, what it takes to become a Certified Interior Designer, and why it is important to a designer�s career. The presentation can be done in as little as one hour, although one and a half hours is preferable in order to allow enough time for Q&A.
We can also add to this presentation a seminar on �Ethics and Business Practices� at the same time. Some of this material is also relevant to the IDEX California® examination.  There are no costs to participants and in the case of those who are already CIDs, they will receive CEU credit towards their continuing certification requirements.

Please contact CCIDC if you would like to schedule a presentation, or would like to know more about it.



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

CEUs are a required part of your Certification and need to be taken regularly.
See our policy on CEUs including activities that are not included for CEU credit.

You need 10 hours (which equals 1.0 Units) every two years. The timeframe is from your Certification renewal date to renewal date (not by calendar year to calendar year).

1 . We accept CEUs from other providers, they do NOT have to be CCIDC sponsored. We accept CEUs on interior design, codes, architecture, LEED, etc., and all related courses having to do with running a design business.

2. Please report CEUs online, do not mail or call them in. You must report CEUs directly to us (even if you reported them to another organization or if you have been told another organization has reported them).

3. Report and track your CEUs for FREE (also used to report a change in your address)
No more $12.00 reporting fees to other organizations!.

Create your own private CEU Account. You provide a login name and password, then you can access your account 24/7 (see sample view below).  It keeps track of all your CEU courses in one place, so you�ll never have to wonder how many you�ve taken. Enter CEUs from 1995 to present.   

Register for your FREE CEU account today!

Find CEUs on the CCIDC Web site.

In order to provide better security for you and to protect your credit/debit card information we are no longer accepting credit/debit card payments by return mail, telephone or fax.

To pay fees, you may mail in a check to the CCIDC office or use the most secure method of making a payment through our SSL encrypted secure server:
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