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CCIDC - California Council for Interior Design Certification

California Council for Interior Design Certification 
Administers the
Certified Interior Designer Title Act
California Business and Professions Code: Chapter 3.9, Sect.5800.
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July, 2017
News for Certified Interior Designers


CCIDC Strategic Planning Meeting

Brief Summary of the
CCIDC Strategic Planning Meeting

The CCIDC strategic planning meeting that took place on Saturday, June 24 in Los Angeles was well attended. Everyone who attended, including those who took the online survey, want to see certification and CCIDC continue. The participants were formed into break-out groups and offered many ideas and suggestions that will be explored and discussed further at the next meeting in September.

Commercial CID?

Please take this survey
about a possible New Title:
 “Commercial CID”

Over the past several years, and even more recently during the Sunset Review process and CCIDC’s strategic planning session, CCIDC has been approached to consider adding a new non-codified (not bound into statute like CID) designation for CIDs.

CCIDC is only charged with administering the current title of Certified Interior Designer as codified into law under Section 5800 of the CBPC. However, during the Sunset Review hearings, held before the legislature in Sacramento in March 2017, CCIDC offered to work with proponents of this idea.

The purpose of the COMMERCIAL CID designation would be to signal building officials when submitting documents for permit. The COMMERCIAL CID would be educated and tested specifically in the area of commercial design. The goal of this would be to more readily be accepted at the plan check review counter for hi-rise tenant improvement projects, especially in the larger jurisdictions such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose.

Please take our quick survey
as we value your opinion whether you are a CID, non certified designer, student or a member of the public. Survey is here:


IDEX® Results for the May 2017 Exam

We had 52 candidates take the May, 2017 IDEX® California examination and 44 passed.
This is a 84.62% passing rate.

The highest score was 145 out of 150 questions.
The lowest score was 79
The average score was 111.5.
The “cut score” (the number of questions requiring a correct answer to pass) is 102.

Here is a breakdown by each Domain (section):

On the California Codes and Regulations section there were 46 questions.
The highest score was 46.
The lowest score was 21.

On the Business Practices and Ethics section there were 53 questions.
The highest score was 50.
The lowest score was 26.

On the Design Standards section there were 51 questions.
The highest score was 49.
The lowest score was 22.

Become a Certified Interior Designer
® Registration Deadline
is August, 1, 2017


Path 1

Candidates meet the minimum qualifications to take the IDEX
® California
   Candidates do not yet meet all requirements to become certified.

Path 2

Candidates meet the minimum qualifications to take the IDEX
® California
   Candidates also meet minimum qualifications to become certified.

Apply for Certification under Path 1, or 2 (and no later than August 1, 2017):


Path 3
If you already passed a national examination:

  • ARE (Architects Registration Examination - NCARB)
  • CQRID (Interior Design Society)
  • NCBDC (American Institute of Building Designers)
  • NKBA (Both CKD and CBD portions)

. . . you already meet our Path 3 registration and application requirements!  You will get a $100.00 discount off the certification application fee, and all you need to do is send us proof of passage of the examination with your application. No transcripts, resumes, tax return, affidavits, no other documentation is required!

All that remains is for you to take and pass the IDEX California, an online 150 multiple-choice question examination on California Codes and Title 24; Ethics and Business Practices including laws applicable to this state for interior designers; and Design Standards. The IDEX covers what you do for a living every day here in California. The deadline to apply under Path 3 is August 1st - Click here today!

Mark your calendar!
September Board & Strategic Planning Meeting
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 11 am - 4 pm

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel (
6101 W. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

This is YOUR chance to become part of the dialogue!

Open to the public, everyone's input is welcome.

Do you have plan submittal issues with
Los Angeles Dept. of Building & Safety (LADBS)?

Given the surging economy, the City of Los Angeles has a newer philosophy of partnership. CID's who are having issues with stamped construction document plan submittal to the City of Los Angeles are encouraged to connect with us to affect change with LADBS.

Meetings have already been attended by CCIDC to affect this change, and Janice Stevenor Dale, FIIDA, CID has recently had additional contact with LADBS officials, Chamber of Commerce leaders and others to continue the dialogue toward acceptance of plans as required by statute.

If you or your firm has had problems submitting plans to LADBS and/or you wish to be a part of the solution to give a face to the CID's they are denying, please contact
Janice Stevenor Dale, 213.480.7500 at your earliest convenience. Thank you!

Job openings for CIDs

CID Account

What is it and why all CIDs need one

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
California Faucets: Water Saving Solutions for Spa-Like Showers
This course discusses water conservation; applicable codes, standards, and guidelines;
and the showerhead technologies that address conservation issues.
Take this CEU

Find other CEUs  on the CCIDC site.

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