Certified Interior Designer (CID) FAQs

Frequently asked questions about Certification, Certified Interior Designers (CIDs) and the CID Title Act in California.

Does California have “self-certification”?

No, there is no such thing as "Self" or "Private" Certification. Nowhere in the Certified Interior Designers Title Act (Section 5800) does it refer to the title “Certified Interior Designer” as “self-certification.” California has a Certified Interior Designers Title Act , written into law, under Chapter 3.9, Section 5800 of the California Business and Professions [...]

By |2022-02-09T11:52:39-08:00October 14th, 2016||0 Comments

Can CCIDC, a non-profit certification board, do whatever it wants?

CCIDC, the California Council for Interior Design Certification, founded in 1992, 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." Like all State boards and non-profit boards, CCIDC is accountable to the Assembly Business and Professions Committee [...]

By |2022-02-09T11:57:40-08:00October 14th, 2016||0 Comments

If I have a degree in interior architecture from an accredited school, can I call myself an interior architect?

No, it is not legal to do so. Attending or graduating from an interior design program calling itself “Interior Architecture” does not give one the right to use the title “Architect” or “Architecture” in their descriptions or activities. The term “Interior Architect” is not a real profession or title.  This language is used as a [...]

By |2022-08-03T13:31:00-07:00October 14th, 2016||0 Comments

Do interior designers in California have legal recognition?

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, [...]

By |2022-02-09T11:20:14-08:00October 14th, 2016||0 Comments

Will legal recognition for interior designers expand the scope of practice?

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, [...]

By |2022-02-09T11:23:21-08:00October 14th, 2016||0 Comments
Go to Top