Interior designers in California have had legal recognition since 1991, and have had the ability to become “certified” interior designers through the Certified Interior Designers Title Act as codified under Chapter 3.9, Section 5800 of the California Business and Professions Code. It is not a mandatory requirement in order to practice interior design, but voluntary, [...]
It is impossible for an interior design law to determine the scope of practice. The exemptions contained within the architects and engineers practice acts that determine the minimum standard for practicing architecture or engineering. Within both practice acts there are exemptions (CBPC Sections 5537, 5538, 6737.1 & 6745) that have been in place since 1939, [...]
Will legal recognition eliminate the need for interior designers to pay architects or engineers to redraw, stamp and sign their work?
As long as interior designers certified or otherwise, design below the minimum standards in compliance with the statutory exemptions that require an architect or engineers oversight, there is no need for a stamp. The California Building Code in conjunction with the oversight and judgment of the local building official, who has jurisdiction over the project, [...]
Will legal recognition ensure the “right” to submit plans to local building authorities for permit issuance purposes?
No one has a “right” to submit plans for permit, not even architects or engineers. It is a “privilege” not a right, and the local building official and the plan check submittal policies of the local jurisdiction make that determination.
Can the certification board (CCIDC) in California, which is a private company, do whatever it wants?
CCIDC, the California Council for Interior Design Certification, founded 25 years ago by the interior design profession in California after the passage of SB 153, a law that created into statute the legally recognized title of “Certified Interior Designer”. The Title Act came about in order to protect the right to practice and submit for [...]
Any interior designer, or any person, who acts as a primary contractor on a project without holding a proper, valid, and current contractor’s license is in violation of State law. Contractors are also required have proper worker’s compensation insurance for their employees, be bonded and display their license numbers at all times. You do not [...]
Will legal recognition permit interior designers to bid on State and Federal projects requiring “Registered/Licensed/Certified” design professionals?
Most, if not all State and Federal projects require a licensed architect or engineer as the “Prime” professional and the interior designer works as a consultant to the prime. They do not need to be licensed, registered or certified as the license of the prime professional trumps all others. There is no Federal law requiring [...]
If I have a degree in interior architecture from an accredited school, can I call myself an interior architect?
No, to call oneself an interior architect is to hold oneself out as an architect without a license and therefore is a violation of State law subject to citation and a fine. You are either an interior designer or an architect! There is nothing in between.
Will legal recognition of the profession institute benchmarking and continued education requirements?
All CIDs are required to obtain 10 CEUs every 2 years related to their practice of interior design. CCIDC has had mandatory CEU requirements since 1991, long before many other State licensed professions began following with similar requirements.
Can interior designers provide construction administration, and is it their role to ensure that contractors build within the local and national building codes?
Yes, interior designers can provide construction observance and administration services on behalf of their clients. However, unless the submitted plans conform to local and national building codes the local building officials will not approve them, for permit purposes and therefore cannot be used for construction. Once construction starts, only the local building inspector ensures that [...]
Is it true in some States, use of the term “interior designer” is limited to those professionals meeting the State’s requirements?
No State can limit the use of the term “interior designer” this term has been held as free speech under the First Amendment, by the Florida Federal Courts. (Source: Opinion on the Merits, Locke v. Shore)
No, there are not restrictions on interior designers through licensing laws in 27 states; only three (3) states that have some form of restrictive or mandatory licensing. These are Nevada, Louisiana and Florida. Florida’s licensing is for commercial work only as residential work is unrestricted. POLITIFACT/Florida All other States that have interior design regulatory acts [...]
No, California has a Certified Interior Designers Title Act under Chapter 3.9, Section 5800 of the California Business and Professions Code. Nowhere in the statute (Section 5800) does it refer to the title “Certified Interior Designer” as “self-certification”, nor can anybody “self-certify” himself or herself in California, only CCIDC can certify you as a “Certified [...]
You are not a member! Once you become a “Certified Interior Designer”, the title conferred on you in accordance with the Certified Interior Designers Title Act. CCIDC is not a “membership” organization; rather the organization responsible for administering the requirements of the Certified Interior Designers Title Act under Chapter 3.9, Section 5800 of the California [...]
Qualified Professionals From one of the Following: Interior Design Architecture Building Design
Requirements must come from an accredited institution approved by US Department of Education. CIDA or FIDER accreditation NOT required.
Total Units, (Excluding General Education Courses), From Coursework in the Following Categories: Interior Design Drafting Architecture Art History Building Design History Design Graphic Design Architectural Interior Decoration History Building Codes Construction Documents Green Building Practices Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Business Practices as Related to [...]
Core units are calculated by semester units; Quarter units will be converted into Semester Units
Total Core units determine eligibility, completion of a degree not required.
Meet Minimum Qualifications to Take the IDEX California® Minimum of 40 Semester Core Units from accredited design program (60 Quarter Units). Education requirements to complete certification vary as well as an option for experience-only candidates to apply explanation in further detail to follow.
Design Experience Including: Prepare complex nonstructural or nonseismic plans Instruction for the preparation of complex nonstructural or nonseismic plans Complex nonstructural or nonseismic plans: Require the skills of a licensed contractor to implement Includes programming, planning, designing, and documenting construction Installation of nonstructural or nonseismic elements, finishes and furnishings Protect and enhance [...]
Full-Time Diversified Design Experience Requirements: (36 hours or more per week, 52 weeks per year). 1 Year = 1,872 Hours+ 2 Years = 3,744 Hours+ 3 Years = 5,616 Hours+ 4 Years = 7,488 Hours+ 5 Years = 9,360 Hours+ 8 Years = 14,976 Hours+
Proof of Diversified Design Experience May be Submitted in Two Ways: Proof for Self-Employment: Federal Tax Returns 1040/1040A/1040EZ (Page 2 Only) Return for each year of experience Letter from a CPA or Attorney confirming candidate’s profession, verify knowledge required duration of occupation. Résumés NOT accepted for self-employment Proof for Outside Employment: Verifiable, Professional [...]
All Candidates who Meet the Qualifications are Encouraged to Become Certified: International education allowed, provided: International Education from Accredited Source Accreditation by USDE International Equivalent accrediting agency Provide translated/verified transcripts International experience considered Provide verifiable proof of diversified design experience
There are Three Paths to Qualification: Path 1 – Can take the IDEX California® but, are not yet eligible to be Certified. Minimum of 40 Semester Core Units from accredited design program (60 Quarter Units) OR More than 5 but less than 8 years of diversified design experience. Path 2 – Candidates Qualify [...]