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


Evaluate Your Project

Before you hire a Certified Interior Designer, you should evaluate your project and provide this information to the Certified Interior Designers being considered. Your evaluation of your project should include, but not be limited to:

  • The services you expect the Certified Interior Designer to perform;
  • The size, appearance, and functional requirements of your project;
  • What you intend to spend for design fees, if known;
  • What materials and types of furnishings and lighting you wish to use;
  • What you intend to spend for construction;
  • How your project will be financed and, if known, by whom;
  • Your anticipated starting and completion dates of your project; and
  • How you intend to construct the project.

Request for information
You should request information on qualifications and experience from several Certified Interior Designers. After reviewing their qualifications, you may want to interview a number of Certified Interior Designers to determine their understanding of your project and their compatibility in working with you.  

During the selection process, you may want to ask some or all of the following:

General questions

  • Do you have valid status with the CCIDC?
  • If so, what is your Certification number?
  • Do you carry insurance? If so, what type(s)? How long have you carried each type and what are the policy limits?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • How many persons are employed by your firm?
  • How have you kept current in your practice?
  • Do you intend to use consultants for this project? If so, whom do you propose to use? What are their qualifications and your experience with them?
  • What percentage of your practice involves the type of interiors I intend to build (or remodel)?

Questions about experience

  • Have you recently designed the type of interior I intend to build? If so, how many times?
  • May I see examples of your previous projects that are similar to my project (sketches, photos, plans)?
  • When and what was your most recent project?
  • May I have the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the clients whose projects you are using for these examples?
  • What was the actual interior design and construction cost versus budgeted cost for these projects?
  • What services did you provide for these clients during the design, bidding, and construction phases?
  • What services do you propose to provide for my project during each of these phases?
  • Who will provide these services, you or your employees?

 Questions about fees

  • What will the fee schedule be?
  • How will your fees for my project be determined and what services do the fees cover?
  • Will you provide probable construction cost estimates for my project?
  • If consultants (such as architectural or structural engineering) are necessary, are their fees included in your basic fee?
  • What additional costs (e.g., permit and other governmental fees) or services (e.g., time spent obtaining necessary permits and other approvals) do you anticipate for my project?
  • How do you establish your fees for additional services and reimbursable expenses?
  • Will there be a charge for redesign if it is necessary to meet the construction budget?
  • Will there be additional charges for changes required by the building department or other government agency?
  • How are additional charges computed for design changes requested by me?
  • How will the fees be handled if the project is abandoned ((cancelled) before completion?

Questions about time frame of your project

  • Can you meet my proposed schedule?

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