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 ~ August 2011

Date: August 24th 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

August, 2011
News for Certified Interior Designers




New California law regarding carbon monoxide detectors went into effect July 1, 2011

All single family residential dwelling units as of July 1, 2011 must have a CO detector. All other dwelling units (multi-family, dormitories, hotels, motels, etc.) must have CO detectors installed on or before January 1, 2013.

This law enacts the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 requiring all existing          dwellings intended for human occupancy that have a fossil fuel burning appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage to install a carbon monoxide device.
Access Senate Bill 183 as chaptered into law.


Home, Garden and Life Improvement Radio with Cindy Dole

A few weeks ago, Cindy Dole of KFWB-News Talk Radio interviewed our executive director,
Douglas R. Stead.  The
�Ever Consider Hiring an Interior Designer� interview is geared towards consumers. Doug explains clearly what may go wrong in a project and why consumers should hire a �Certified Interior Designer�.

We think all CIDs would benefit from listening to this interview, and you may want to send the link to your clients or potential clients. Scroll down the page for the YouTube presentation.
excellent interview starts about 4 minutes in.  


Bernard Maybeck's Palace of Fine Arts (1915)

Our San Francisco Board Meeting + CEU is on Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

9:00 am is a closed sesson for disciplinary proceedings
10:00 am to 12:00 noon is the public portion of our meeting
12:00 noon we will break for lunch
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm is our CEU presentation

Our CEU is �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. 29 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 may be tax deductible, please check with your tax return preparer. CCIDC is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. 

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


CID, recent graduate or intern wanted for retail display work
Posted on the CCIDC Web site on August 3, 2011

Lamps Plus has three (3) part-time jobs open in their San Francisco, San Rafael and Laguna Hills showrooms. Seeking designers who are organized and team- players to help create merchanding displays utilizing corporate guidelines.

Required:  An eye for sales presentation to help sell product, congenial personality and perhaps interest in learning retail sales techniques.

Room for growth. These positions are for approximately 20-hours per week.
Please email resume to Cindy Beeson at
Lamps Plus, Inc. is the nation�s largest speciaty lighting retailer and an equal opportunity employer.


Materials and Classes
(from third parties)

IDEXPrep eGuide - 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 the 2007 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
Get 20% off (save $15.00) - Use discount code: idx831
Discount expires 8/31/11

Take the IDEX Practice Quiz for free, online  - �The Original IDEX California Prep Class� by Carol Lamkins, CID
Classes given on:
August 27, 2011  in South San Francisco, CA
September 10, 2011 in Irvine, CA
Early bird $296 (12 days prior to each class). Regular price is $326.
For details on these 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 - 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 our full disclaimer:

We already have five school presentations set, with a dozen more pending.

CCIDC gives certification presentations to schools, large design and architectural firms, as well as interior design associations

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

We cover the history of Certification, what it takes to become a Certified Interior Designer, and why it is important to a designer�s career. Our 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 our 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.



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