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Certified Interior Designer Commercial Designation is Now Available!


The purpose of this program is to allow building officials to identify individuals (CIDs) who have prepared non-structural, non-seismic commercial tenant improvement plans in accordance with Sections 5537 and 5538 of the CBPC that do not require an architect or engineers stamp or signature who are submitting said plans for the purpose of obtaining a building permit.


Some Building Departments have routinely denied the submission of non-structural, non-seismic tenant improvement plan check submission, especially for work in hi-rise office buildings, even though the design work is exempt under Sections 5537 and 5538 of the CBPC. When turned away the individuals are forced to seek the services of a licensed architect or structural or civil engineer incurring delays and additional consumer costs.

Requirements for Certified Interior Designers to Obtain the Commercial Designation

  • Who is it for?
    • For Certified Interior Designers who primarily engage in commercial design
    • For Certified Interior Designers who submit drawings to building departments for commercial projects
    • For Certified Interior Designers who want an additional commercial designation to their certification
  • CIDs must currently be in good standing, and complete requirements within 6 months of application submission.
  • Initial Offering – Current CIDs that apply BEFORE December 31, 2019 will only be required to complete the ICC Courses, no additional exams necessary.
  • Beginning January 1, 2020 all CIDs that wish to obtain the Commercial Designation will need to submit proof of a national interior design exam.
  • Provide proof of passing the following California Based, International Codes Council (ICC) Courses, to qualify:
    • Building 101: Building Department Overview
    • California Building Code Essentials
    • CBC/CFC Means of Egress
    • California Building Code Title 24 Regulations
    • CBC Chapter 11B: Accessibility in Public Buildings, Public Accommodations, Commercial Buildings
    • Why are International Code Council (ICC) Courses required? These are the exact same courses Building Officials take.
  • Provide proof of passing one of the following examinations (Requirement Effective for Current CIDs as of January 1, 2020):
    • ARE      CQRID     LEED-AP    NCARB      NCBDC      NCIDQ     NKBA-(CKBD)
  • Designers not-yet certified must also pass the IDEX California® Exam**
  • Application Fee $75 – until December 31, 2017 (fee increases to $100 on January 1, 2018).
    • Fee includes new Commercial Designation ID Card and Stamp upon completion/approval.
  • 2-Year Renewal Fees will be the same for all Certified Interior Designers.
  • Commercial Designation CEU Requirements: 10 Hours per 2-Year Certification Period.
    • Five of the 10 CEU hours MUST be CA code specific courses
  • This Designation is voluntary and not required for CIDs who do commercial design.
    • This designation is to assist in the identification of CIDs who’s primary focus of practice is in commercial design.
    • Not a guarantee that plans will be reviewed
    • This is not intended as a fix-all for plan submission uniformity
      • It is only one of many steps in the process to affect change.
    • As always, it is up to the discretion of the building official to accept plans for review

**Commercial Interior Designers who are not-yet certified can apply for certification with the commercial designation through Path 4


CCIDC will provide a means for building officials to check on the CCIDC web site that such individuals are CIDs and do hold this extra credential and are current with their certification. If this program is enacted then building officials will need a way to verify the persons credential. CCIDC will provide a stamp and ID Card that denotes the commercial designation.


To apply, contact CCIDC via email and pay application fee. You will have six months from receipt of application to submit proof of course completion. CCIDC will respond to your application once received via email. This application process is for current certified interior designers only, Commercial Interior Designers who are not-yet certified can apply for certification with the commercial designation through Path 4

There are a few temporary changes around the CCIDC office. Carley Roden our Executive Assistant/Certification Specialist starts maternity leave November 10, 2017 and is planning to return at the end of January 2018. We wish Carley and her family all the best and look forward to meeting her new addition soon.

Dhana Bender will be filling in for Carley while she is gone. Dhana is a great addition to the CCIDC team and looks forward to assisting you with your certification needs.

Please note: The CCIDC office will be closed in observance of the following holidays

  • November 10th – Veterans Day
  • November 23rd & 24th – Thanksgiving Holiday

New Renewal Options for CIDs

Effective October 1, 2017 CCIDC has three options for renewing your certification:

Renewal Options:Price
Option #12-Year Basic Certification Renewal Fee – (Includes ID Card only)$250.00
Option #22-Year Certification Renewal with Digital Image Stamp Fee – (Includes ID Card & Digital Image Stamp)$275.00
Option #32-Year Certification Renewal with Stamp Fee – (Includes ID Card & Rubber Stamp)$300.00

Login to your CID Account to pay with a credit card online (Visa, Mastercard or Discover).

To avoid delays and additional fees: DO NOT SELECT THE Commercial Designation renewal options until you have completed the application and qualification process and been given approval from CCIDC.

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