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 ~ February 2012

Date: February 22nd 2012

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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 website


February, 2012
News for Certified Interior Designers



9 days to register for the Spring IDEX® California exam!


The deadline to apply for certification and register for the May exam is midnight,
March 1, 2012.

The IDEX testing window is from May 1 through 31, 2012.
Study for the IDEX.

The title Certified Interior Designer is the only legally-recognized title for interior designers in the state of California.

Only Certified Interior Designers have proven their education, experience, and have passed an examination relevant to California.

Legislative Sunset Review

Like all boards and bureaus (including architects and engineers) who are under the purview of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), CCIDC undergoes regular evaluation and review by the legislature, which is called the Sunset Review process.

Sunset Review provides a formal opportunity for the Legislature, interested parties, and stakeholders to make recommendations for improvements to the "Certified Interior Designer" statute, Section 5800 of the Business and Professions Code. Sunset Reviews are performed on a regular cycle and our review will be in 2013. This will be the fourth Sunset Review for CCIDC since our inception in 1991.

For complete details on what the Sunset Review process is, and what it means for CCIDC and for Certified Interior Designers, please visit our
new Sunset Review page.

Discussing Certification in Public or Student Forums

When you plan a public or student forum and want to explore the pros and cons of certification, you owe it to your audience to have the correct information presented to them.

CCIDC is more than happy to speak with professional interior designers and students on Certification, the title "Certified Interior Designer" and the CID law under California Business & Professions Code 5800, etc.

We are a transparent and ethical organization that will tell you what certification is, and what it isn't, and we will answer all your questions openly and honestly.

Please invite us to speak at your meetings and forums when you want to be informed about CCIDC and receive free brochures on certification. Anything less, is undeserving of your audience's time.

CCIDC Board Minutes & Financial Statement

We have recently posted our approved board minutes from October 2011 and
our Audited
Financial Statement for 2010 is also now online.

Study for the May IDEX® California exam


Download our free IDEX® California Study Guide which gives you important information on the exam, test results, rules, schedule, etc.  It is NOT a 'study manual' per se. To study for the IDEX, please refer to the third-party classes and materials listed below:

IDEX Prep Online Class
Study for the IDEX
® California exam  wherever you have an Internet connection. This comprehensive class gives you 60 days of access; 34 presentations; 34 quizzes; 385 practice questions; over 65 large downloads = hundreds of  reference pages; a final quiz of 150 questions. This is 24+ hours of anytime learning!  Full syllabus on web site. 
Study Early - To save 10%, enroll by March 1, 2012.
$195 $175.50 - IDEX Prep Online covers all of IDEX® Domains I, II and III. Best value.
$150 $135.00 - California Codes covers IDEX
® Domain I only.
$100 $ 90.00 - Business Practices & Design Standards covers IDEX
® Domains II and III only.
Enroll when it is convenient for you.

Custom IDEX California Review Course - No. Calif.
Class will be custom-scheduled in March or April in Northern California. This one-day class includes: .8 CEUs; take-home flash-drive with additional materials, including outlines and links; visual aids, humor and efficient coverage of material; familiarity with exam topics, clear explanations for trickier concepts; proven methods to max your prep time, remember, and be confident on test day; topics include building codes, ethics, business practices, contracts, fire safety, access, green issues and more.
$295.00 for registered early birds, $325.00 if you register less that 7 days in advance.
E-mail Deborah Ogden, CID at with IDEX in the subject line and let her know which month and location you want your class.

Prepare for the California Interior Design Exam (IDEX  California) with a concise, interactive, 8-hour class that focuses on the exam. Included are over 80 pages of handout information plus follow-up.
Class is in: Irvine on Sat. March 31, 2012 and in San Francisco area on Sat. April 21, 2012.  Special Early Bird Fee $296.00 ends 12 days  prior to each class. Regular $326.00
For more information and registration go to:

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 plus tax and shipping.  

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

Read our third party disclaimer:

Reminder: March 1, 2012 is the deadline to register for the May IDEX exam.

CCIDC to Speak at NKBA Career Day in San Diego

Doug Stead, Executive Director of CCIDC will be one of 13 design professionals to speak to students about their career path.  Students will receive free brochures on certification and have all their questions answered about this important step for their professional career.

Saturday March 24, 2012
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Cosentino Center
9020 Activity Road, Suite C
San Diego, CA 92126

For more information, go to:

New CEU on Ceramic & Stone Installations

Specifying Successful Ceramic & Stone Tiles Installations, Beyond TCNA and ANSI
Learn how to properly specify a successful installation of ceramic and stone tiles. The focus of the program will be on industry standards, i.e., TCA (Tile Council of  North America) and ANSI (American National Standard for Installation of  Ceramic Tile); changes in and review of important TCNA and ANSI  standards, changes in the 2011 TCNA Handbook, important  definitions, and important concepts and trends you should be aware of to ensure a successful installation. Free of charge. To schedule this session, please visit: and select Specifying Successful Ceramic & Stone Tile Installations from the course listings. Credit: .1 CEU | 1 LU HSW

The Legal Way to Sign Your Contracts

Here are the proper ways to sign your name to promote your certification credential:

Your Name, Certified Interior Designer #____

Your Name, Certified Interior Designer #____
in the state of California

The above also includes the commonly adopted abbreviation �CID� such as:
Your name, CID #____ but it is preferable to use the codified title �Certified Interior Designer� as written in statute, Section 5800 of the California Business and Profession Code (CBPC).

Please do not use �CCIDC� behind your name. It is not correct, you are not a member of CCIDC, and we are not a membership organization. CCIDC is the certification board which administers the certification statute Section 5800 through 5812 of the California Business and Profession Code.

If you have any questions on how to sign your name or advertise yourself properly on your web site, please
e-mail us.

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.

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

CCIDC Annual Board Meeting + CEU

Our annual board meeting + CEU will be on:
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Costa Mesa, CA
(Orange County)
Meeting location and CEU to be announced

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 CEU presentation

These meetings and seminars are open to interior design professionals, students, and to the general public.

Keep current with CCIDC

If you are a CID, please be sure that we have your current contact information. Our combined �Change of Address/CEU Registry� allows you to update your address, phone or e-mail.

Login to your CEU account to send us any recent changes to your information.

Don�t have a free CEU account?
Create one here.

Add �n track your CEUs for free!

Report your CEUs (and your Change of Address) to CCIDC.

Create your own CEU registry.
1. Provide a login name and password.
2. Access your account 24/7 (see sample view below). 

Your private account keeps all your CEU courses in one place. You can enter CEUs that you�ve taken in the past, as early as 1995.

CEU registry for Certified Interior Designers



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