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”


Must I hire a Certified Interior Designer for my project?

Current California law does not require you to hire a Certified Interior Designer for your project. However, before you hire someone to design the interior of a new structure, or alter the interior of an existing structure, you should check the designer's credentials and references to ensure they are qualified and competent to perform such work.

You may also want to consult the local building official in your city, or county, building department to determine whether or not your project will also require a registered civil or structural engineer to prepare and submit plans and specifications for that portion of the project that may change or affect the structural system or safety of the building.    

What can I expect when I work with a Certified Interior Designer?
You can expect to work with a professional who will share their knowledge, experience, and "vision ability" in a creative and cost-efficient way. They'll provide you with a detailed contract so you know exactly what services you are getting. With project management systems in place, a Certified Interior Designer knows how to orchestrate your project from start to finish. They'll help meet your project goals whether for a favorite room, a two-story home or a large commercial space such as a restaurant, health club or a high-tech business complex.    

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