The practice of a Certified Interior Designer
Must I hire a Certified Interior Designer?
Frequently asked questions
Making your decision
Design fees and project funds
How to find a Certified Interior Designer
Evaluate your project
Your design services contract
Construction & installation
Problems with your project?
How to file a complaint
Complaint form
Code of Ethics
The Law

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CCIDC - California Council for Interior Design Certification

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California Council for Interior Design Certification
The standard for interior designers in the State of California
“Public Protection Through Examination and Certification”


Construction and Installation

Unless you are experienced in construction and installation, you probably should not attempt to build-out your interior. The construction work should be performed by a properly licensed and experienced building contractor. Therefore, it is important for you to ensure that the construction documents (building plans and specifications) you receive from the Certified Interior Designer are complete enough for you to obtain bids from one or more contractors, and that the plans are complete enough for the contractor to build your project.

Do not assume that the plans your Certified Interior Designer gives you are sufficient for the building contractor to build from simply because you were able to obtain a permit for the work. Discuss the plans with your Certified Interior Designer and your contractor to ensure that they are suitable for bidding and construction purposes.

It is also important to note that unless your interior designer has a valid contractor's license they may not act as a general contractor or have any direct financial dealings between you, the consumer and the contractor. As owner of the project, you must hire a general contractor and conduct all business, including payments,  directly with the general contractor. The CCIDC suggests you go through a similar process in hiring a general contractor as you do in hiring a Certified Interior Designer by Contacting the California Contractors State License Board by calling 1-800-321-CSLB or visit their Web site at

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