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CCIDC - California Council for Interior Design Certification


California Council for Interior Design Certification
The standard for interior designers in the State of California  
1605 Grand Avenue  - Suite 4
San Marcos, CA 92078
Tel. 760-761-4734  -   Fax 760-761-4736
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Or, the difference between the DMV and AAA.

It is still interesting that after nearly 25 years of certification for interior designers in California, some CIDs still refer to themselves as members of CCIDC and even put CCIDC after their name instead of CID or the full title, Certified Interior Designer.

We have written about this topic many times before, and every CID receives a handbook upon becoming certified that explains the proper use of the title. There should be no confusion. However, we do understand there are myths and misconceptions that circulate amongst the profession that are sometimes hard to shake off. So, here is another attempt to clarify the title and its use.

CCIDC is operationally similar to the DMV. When you register your car or get a license to drive, you do not become a member of the DMV.  The DMV only administers the process. CCIDC is the board responsible for administering the interior design certification law for the state of California. This is mainly what we do, plus a few other things in order to promote and educate about certification to designers and to consumers.

On the other hand, the Auto Club (AAA) is very similar to interior design associations such as ASID, IIDA, NKBA, etc. You can become a member of AAA and they can help you with travel, insurance, towing, etc. They are a membership club and DO NOT have any legal or statutory standing with the state of California. Only the DMV administers the laws for drivers, automobiles and other modes of transportation.

The interior design associations are also clubs, and do not have any legal or statutory standing with the state. They have chapters where their members can network, visit with vendors, obtain continuing education, and pursue many other worthwhile social and design related programs.

The AAA weighs in on legislation from time to time for the cause of motorists, and specifically when it may affect their members. So too, do the interior design membership clubs. It is not the purview of the DMV to pursue legislation for motorists (as that might be construed as a conflict of interest), although they are probably consulted on legislation that would affect their ability to function. Like the DMV, the CCIDC certification board does not pursue legislative activities (as that is the purview of the profession and the interior design membership clubs). CCIDC is also prevented from lobbying activities due to our tax status as a non-profit granted by the IRS.

Another explanatory example would be the architects. The California Architects Board (CAB) only administers and issues licenses to those who qualify as architects on behalf of the state. The architects themselves are not members of the CAB. 

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a membership club that many architects belong to. It is the AIA that pursues architects legislative interests, not CAB. The AIA also provides many of the same things that the interior design membership clubs do, such as continuing education, chapter meetings, etc.

Each licensed architect in good standing with the CAB owns the title architect and uses it proudly, as not to do so would be a complete waste after going through the long and difficult process of obtaining it. It is also a legally protected title, like Certified Interior Designer and CID.

CCIDC, although a private non-profit organization, does report to the Senate Business and Professions Committee who have oversight over the regulatory process of all regulated professions in California. This is because we administer a specific statute contained within the California Business and Professions Code (CBPC). When you administer a law, the legislature wants to know what you are doing and how, privately or otherwise! Hopefully, this helps explain the difference between CCIDC and all of the other alphabet soup clubs and initials that are within our profession.

Why is this important to you?  Because the title Certified Interior Designer and appellation CID is regulated and protected by law. If you are a CID then you own this title as long as you are in good standing with the CCIDC board and current with your certification fees that fund the existence of the board. Simply put, without the statute, there would be no board. Without the board, there would be no CIDs. This is your title so use it. Use it proudly as you have earned it and you pay for it.

Anyone who uses the title Certified Interior Designer and/or appellation CID without qualifying through CCIDC and not keeping their certification fees current, is breaking the law. To do so is an unfair business practice (under Section 17200 CBPC) and violators are subject to a fine and even imprisonment. This is the same law that applies to architects, doctors, lawyers, etc.

The title not only conveys that you are an interior designer, but as a Certified Interior Designer that you are fully qualified as you have met the stringent education, experience and examination requirements of the law. Like architects, doctors and lawyers, use your title with pride after your name and hold yourself out to be the qualified designer that you have aspired to become.

Certified interior designer is the only legally recognized title for interior designers in California, and CCIDC is the only board that administers and issues certification for this title.

Please remember, you are NOT a member of CCIDC, you are a Certified Interior Designer .

Read the actual
CID statute in the CBPC. In California statute, CIDs are located right in between attorneys and architects.

Also, be sure to get CCIDC’s ABC Brochure - Answers & Basics for Consumers. You may request 10 printed copies free of charge by sending an
E-mail or checking the box at the bottom of your certification renewal notice. You can also download it at: or get it online at:

New Job Openings

  • LPA, Inc. is hiring Interior Design Coordinators in their San Jose office.
  • McCandless & Associates, Architects in Woodland, CA is seeking a junior to intermediate level
    Certified Interior Designer.
  • Corporate Design Group (CDG) in Roseville, CA is seeking a Senior Associate Certified Interior Designer.
  • Glidewell Laboratories in Irvine, CA is seeking a Certified Interior Designer.

    Read more about these jobs on the CCIDC site >>


CAPS Training (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist) in San Diego, CA
Available classes in December, 2015 and March-April, 2016
For more information on this CEU and other continuing education offerings, go to:

Every active Certified Interior Designer (CID) is required to successfully complete continuing education course equivalent to 1.0 or 10 hours of continuing education units (CEUs), during each two-year certification renewal period. CEUs are calculated in the two-year certification renewal period, not by calendar years. It is the responsibility of each CID to report completed CEU course credits to the CCIDC online registry, either prior to, or at the time of certificate renewal. CIDs shall complete these requirements timely in order to avoid a delay in the processing of their certification renewal. CIDs who fail to comply with the CEU requirement within the compliance period will not be certified by CCIDC and will be required to reapply for certification.

CEUs completed for professional organizations, clubs or groups (including but not limited to: AIA, AIBD, ASID, IDS, IFDA, IIDA, NKBA, etc.), shall satisfy CCIDC CEUs requirements when reported to the CCIDC online registry. CEUs must be relevant to interior design, architecture or the business of either.
IDCEC reports CEUs to ASID and IIDA only. They do NOT report them for verification for your certification for the state of California.

Results for the October 2015 IDEX Exam

We had 42 candidates take the October 2015 IDEX® California examination and 36 passed.
This is an 85.71 passing rate.

The highest score was 139
out of 150 questions.
The lowest score was 80.
The average score was 114.9.
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 44.
The lowest score was 23.

On the Business Practices and Ethics section there were 53 questions.
The highest score was 49.
The lowest score was 26.

On the Design Standards section there were 51 questions.
The highest score was 49.
The lowest score was 20.

Congratuations to all those who passed!
We urge those who have taken the IDEX exam and failed, to please try again.

* * * Register for the 2016  IDEX * * *

  The deadline to
register for the May 2016 IDEX exam is March 1, 2016.

Year End Tax Deduction! 

Pay your renewal fees before Dec. 31 to get your full tax deduction*.
If you haven't received a renewal notice this year, you can still renew early and get full credit even if you  haven't completed your CEUs yet. Your CEUs can be completed later and sent to us

Renew your Certification online at

*CCIDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Always check with your tax professional first.

CCICD Board Meeting Schedule 

January 30, 2016 - Board meeting in Los Angeles
May 14, 2016 - Board meeting in San Diego
September 24, 2016 - Board meeting in Bay area

When exact location is available, it will be published on  

All Board meetings are open to the public, Certified Interior Designers, non certified interior designers and students. Please attend to hear reports and ask questions of the Board.

In accordance with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, all meetings of the board are open to the public and are accessible to the physically disabled. A person who needs a disability related accommodation or modification in order to participate in the meeting may make a request by contacting Roze Wiebe at
(760) 761-4734,
emailing Roze or sending a written request to the CCIDC Board at the above address in San Marcos, CA. Providing your request at least five business days before the meeting will help to ensure availability of the requested accommodation.

School & Design Firm Presentations

Certification is the only legally recognized credential in California.
CCIDC will explain certification for interior designers and the IDEX California
® exam.

Schedule a free Certification / IDEX
® Presentation

              • Schools
              • Design Firms
              • Architectural firms
              • Professional Design Associations

Presentation Topics Include:

                • The history of Certification
                • Requirements to become a CID
                • The process to become certified
                • Certification as it relates to a career in design
                • Open Q&A period - Allow 90 minutes total
                • Ethics and Business Practices **

    ** The optional Ethics and Business Practices seminar can
    be included with the Certification presentation.
    Schedule one 120 minute presentation or two separate 60 minute presentation dates.**

    CIDs in attendance will receive CCIDC CEU credit.

    contact us to schedule a presentation, or to receive more information.

LEED Discounts for CIDs
CIDs receive free access to  the CCIDC corporate U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) membership. As such, CIDs can receive free access to this membership for discounted study materials and USGBC events which could help make the LEED Green Associate exam more affordable.

Use these links to download free marketing brochures and articles for CIDs.

ABC Brochure - Answers & Basics for Consumers

Request 10 printed ABC Brochures free of charge

Consumer Guide to Hiring a Certified Interior Designer

Hiring an Interior Designer? Make sure they are Certified!

The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Hiring an Interior Designer

The Difference Between a Decorator and an Interior Designer

Code of Ethics and Conduct for Certified Interior Designers






  * The deadline to
register for the May 2016 IDEX exam is March 1, 2016.*


The Official IDEX California Study Guide
Free 35+ page booklet prepared by CCIDC
Provides IDEX
® exam background information
Includes schedule, rules, release of results, exam format,
exam content, sample questions and an FAQ
NOT a 'study manual'

CIDs in good standing are NOT required to take the IDEX Exam

For classes and study materials, please refer to the third-party vendors listed below:


CID Online Registry Account

CIDs create your account online

CEU registry for Certified Interior Designers

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