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 ~ September 2011


Date: September 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

September, 2011
News for Certified Interior Designers

 


PLEASE JOIN US IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR OUR BOARD MEETING AND CEU
Saturday, October 1, 2011 

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
www.sanfranciscohiltonhotel.com

Schedule
9:00 am is a closed session 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

CEU: 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 $30.00 at the door.
Register here

CEU credit is 2 hours by CCIDC. 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 nonprofit corporation.

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


 THE LOS ANGELES CHAPTER OF THE CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS INSTITUTE


CSI SEMINAR IN LOS ANGELES
Saturday, October 1, 2011

Making Sense of 2011 California Disabled Access Requirements
By Michael Gibbens
You are invited to spend a Saturday morning with Mike Gibbens, California�s foremost disabled accessibility compliance expert and author of the CalDAG (California Disabled Accessibility Guidebook). Mike has served on the Accessibility Code Advisory Committee to the State Building Standards Commission for the past 15 years (5 years as Chairman) and has consulted exclusively on disabled access compliance for over 25 years. A number of the changes to the California Building Code that went into effect on January 2011 are confusing to understand and implement. Mike�s presentation will clarify the intended application of these standards.  Mike will also identify some of the more significant changes that will be coming when the 2010 ADA standards are implemented next year. The new CalDAG 2011 will also be available at the seminar for purchase.

Cost:  $35 for CSI and AIA members, $55 all others
Time:  8:30 AM, Sign in and Coffee / ends at noon
CEU credit is 3 hours by CCIDC

Location:
Leo A Daly, Architects
550 S. Hope St., 27th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Parking is available for a cost of $10, all day, in the Paragon Lot across Hope St. from the LAD office. 
ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED for October 1, 2011.
Please reserve by Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4:00 PM
 



ATTENTION: SMALL INTERIOR DESIGN FIRMS WITH EMPLOYEES
Here is something you should check on with your tax preparer.

IRS Reminds Small Businesses About Health Care Tax Credit
As tax filing deadlines approach, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are reminding small business employers to review the eligibility requirements for the new Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.

The health care tax credit was included in the Affordable Care Act to help small businesses and tax-exempt organizations that pay at least half of the premiums for their employees� health insurance coverage. The credit is available to businesses and tax-exempt groups with 25 or fewer employees with average incomes of $50,000 or less. During the health care reform debate, ASAE fought hard to ensure tax-exempt employers were eligible to receive the credit along with small businesses.

According to the IRS, tax-exempt organizations that file on a calendar year basis and requested an extension to file to Nov. 15 can use Form 8941 and claim the credit on their Form 990-T.

�As the filing deadlines approach, we want to make sure that small business owners don�t leave any money on the table,� said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. �Small businesses that offer health insurance should learn about this credit and claim it if they are eligible.�

           - - Courtesy of American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)



STUDY FOR THE OCTOBER OR MAY IDEX® CALIFORNIA EXAM
Materials and Classes (from third parties)

New! IDEX Prep Online classes
You can now study for the IDEX
®California exam wherever you have an Internet connection!
The comprehensive IDEX Prep Online class gives you 60 days of access; 34 presentations
34 quizzes (totalling 385 practice questions); over 65 handout materials (most are large with multiple pages), a final quiz of 150 questions; approx. 24 hours of anytime learning.
$195 - IDEX Prep Online covers IDEX
® Domains I, II and III. Best value
$150 - California Codes covers IDEX
® Domain I only
$100 - Business Practices & Design Standards covers IDEX
® Domains II and III only 
Enroll anytime.
www.idexprep.com




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.
www.clcid.org/CODE-MANUALS.html  



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.
http://ppi2pass.com/IDEX


Read our third party disclaimer:
http://ccidc.org/studymaterials.html#disclaimer



IDEX® CALIFORNIA PRESENTATIONS ARE LINING UP THIS FALL!
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.
 




FREE 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.
Download:
www.ccidc.org/pdf/interior-designer-consumer-guide.pdf
Online:
www.ccidc.org/consumers-guide/faq.html


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:
www.ccidc.org/listings/faq.html


Consumer's Guide to Hiring a Certified Interior Designer
www.ccidc.org/pdf/interior-designer-consumer-guide.pdf


Hiring an Interior Designer? Make sure they�re Certified!
www.ccidc.org/pdf/CIDflyer2.pdf


The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Hiring an Interior Designer
www.ccidc.org/pdf/common-mistakes-hiring-interior-designer.pdf


The Difference Between a Decorator and an Interior Designer
www.ccidc.org/interior_decorators.html


A CIDs Code of Ethics and Conduct
www.ccidc.org/pdf/CID-Code-Ethics.pdf




CEU REQUIREMENT & REPORTING PROCESS
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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