The only guarantee that the person you are hiring is qualified in some way or another is to hire someone who has a certification for interior design and is a “Certified Interior Designer or CID,” a title act written in to the California Business and Professions Code and protected by law to prevent anyone using that title that has not complied with the law.
“Certified Interior Designer or CID” are qualified to prepare and submit nonstructural or nonseismic plans consistent with Sections 5805and5538to local building departments that are of sufficient complexity so as to require the skills of a licensed contractor to implement them, and who engages in programming, planning, designing, and documenting the construction and installation of nonstructural or nonseismic elements, finishes and furnishings within the interior spaces of a building, and has demonstrated by means of education, experience and examination, the competency to protect and enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
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Why should you become a Certified Interior Designer (CID)?
California’s Certified Interior Designers Law is a Title Act..
It is the only legally recognized title for interior designers in California.
Only Certified Interior Designers have proven their education, experience, and passed an examination relevant to California.
Every Certified Interior Designer is required to sign and abide by the CCIDC Code of Ethics and Conduct when they apply, giving their promise of professionalism to their clients.
Interior design certification demonstrates a commitment to professional practice through education, experience and examination.
Greater knowledge decreases risk of legal liability.
Increased client confidence in your abilities.
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Most people think all interior designers are licensed or certified; but this is not true. In California, anyone can use the title “interior designer”; “Certified Interior Designer” is the only legally recognized and protected title for interior designers in the state of California. A Certified Interior Designer is a competent design professional who may prepare and submit non-structural; non-seismic construction documents and specifications to local building departments for the purposes of plan check.
Certified Interior Designers have demonstrated through education, experience and examination their knowledge of the California Building Code as it relates to space planning, life safety, flammability and disabled access code issues, under the provisions ofChapter 3.9 of the Business & Professions Code, Section 5800 – 5812. CCIDC – California Council for Interior Design Certification is the organization responsible for administering the requirements of the Certified Interior Designers Title Act.
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