Would a Commercial CID designation be beneficial or not?

Over the past several years, even more recently as the Sunset Review process and CCIDC’s strategic planning event, CCIDC has been approached to consider adding a new non-codified (not bound into statute like CID) designation for CIDs.

CCIDC is only charged with administering the current title of Certified Interior Designer as codified into law under Section 5800 of the CBPC. During the Sunset Review hearings, held before the legislature in Sacramento in March 2017 CCIDC offered to work with proponents of this idea.

The purpose of this designation is to signal to building officials when submitting documents for permit purposes that this CID has been trained and tested specifically in the area of commercial design. The goal of this is to be more readily accepted at the plan check review counter for hi-rise tenant improvement projects, especially in the larger jurisdictions such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose.

How would this be designated? Possibly by adding the word “COMMERCIAL” somewhere on the existing CID stamp.

Who would be eligible for this designation? Anyone who meets certain requirements such as existing or new CIDs who are NCIDQ certificate holders OR those who complete designated commercial fire life safety and exiting courses (courses to be determined by CCIDC).  (Please note: this will be in addition to the current CID requirements and passing the IDEX Exam)

What would it cost? CCIDC has not made this determination yet, but adding this designation would require additional administration oversight for tracking, verification and a different stamp design based upon the existing CID stamp. These added costs would have to be passed onto the designee.

Would it become mandatory for CIDs who practice in the commercial field? No, it would be purely voluntary so those CIDs who practice in the commercial sector would not need to change anything.

What is it intended to do? By adding the “COMMERCIAL” designation and demonstrating additional examination requirements, proponents believe it may open the plan check submittal review process, to those who are otherwise denied under the current certification.

What effect will something like this have on the existing title? There could be a risk that this may have a long term negative effect on the existing CID title and dilute the current CID appellation. If “COMMERCIAL” becomes the norm at the building department could the regular CID title codified into law become subservient to it? In other words someone who is a CID and submits commercial work for plan check review successfully in a jurisdiction today could be asked for their “COMMERCIAL” CID designation in the future and be turned away without it.


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