In effect as of January 1, 2014
The Appellation “CID” is codified and protected in California law.
With the passage of SB 308 becoming law on January 1, 2014 and amending the certified interior designer statute, the commonly
used abbreviation and appellation CID is now codified. This means it cannot be used, along with the title Certified Interior Designer, unless that person has been certified by CCIDC, and is current with
CCIDC’s requirements for valid title, including their certification fees.
The statute reads as follows:
Section 5812 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
It is an unfair business practice for any person to represent or hold himself or herself out as, or to use the title “certified interior designer” or any other term, such
as “licensed,” “registered,” or “CID,” that implies or suggests that the person is certified as an interior designer when he or she does not hold a valid certification as provided in Sections 5800 and
Under the unfair business practices act, Section 17200 of the Business & Professions Code, anyone violating this section can be subject to a fine and imprisonment. Previously this
had only applied to the title certified interior designer, but it will now include CID.
What a CID or anyone else cannot use under any circumstances is the abbreviation IDEX or CCIDC after their
name. These are not recognized appellations as one is the name of the California certification examination, and the other is the name of the certification administration board. When you become certified
as an interior designer in California you get to use the title Certified Interior Designer as proscribed by law. You are not a member of CCIDC as CCIDC is not a professional interior design organization,
it is an administrative board.