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?
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.
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.