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
IDENTIFICATION OF CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGNER COMMERCIAL DESIGNATION
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