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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San Marcos, CA 92078
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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”


Certified Interior Design Practice

In California, a Certified Interior Designer is a person who engages in programming, planning, designing, and construction documentation services for the interior improvement, alteration, construction or installation of non-structural, (or non-seismic), elements within a building. They also design cabinetwork and fixtures; and specify finishes for floors, walls and ceilings; and select furnishings and lighting systems.

Certified Interior Designers may also submit their plans to local building departments for a permit if their plans and your project require a licensed contractor to implement them

Qualifications and Examination for Certification
To become Certified, an interior designer must have a minimum of six years combined accredited interior design education and experience (or) a minimum of 8 years combined interior design education and experience; plus the passage of required exams. Interior designers are examined for competence in California Codes and Regulations, design synthesis, schematics, programming, space planning, design development, working drawings construction documents, furniture and finish specifications, lighting layout and specifications, contract documents, contract administration, and business law and ethics

Why should you hire a Certified interior designer?
The CCIDC recommends that you hire Certified Interior Designers for your interior improvement projects because they have met the education, experience and examination requirements established by the CCIDC Board under Section 5800 of the California Business and Professions Code. As there is no law in California at this time that requires interior designers to be licensed, or regulated by the state, most consumers are not aware that literally anyone can call themselves an “interior designer”. The CCIDC recommends “caveat emptor” (buyers beware), you could be hiring someone unqualified to provide you with competent interior design services. To become Certified, interior designers must prove they are fully qualified to practice in any commercial or residential area of interior design.

CCIDC Certification provides assurance to you, the consumer, that your project and funds will be handled competently and with care by a qualified interior design professional.

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