CCIDC _ California Council for Interior Design Certification

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The standard for interior designers in the State of California
“Public protection through examination and Certification”

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FAQ’s About Becoming a Certified Interior Designer
 

Who Can Apply?

Qualified Professionals From one of the Following:

    • Interior Design
    • Architecture
    • Building Design

    Accredited School or Educational Institution:

    • Education requirements must come from an accredited institution
    • Accreditation approved by US Department of Education
    • CIDA or FIDER accreditation NOT required.

    Core Units Definition:
    Combination of coursework in the following categories:

– Interior Design
– Drafting
– History Design
– Art History

– Architecture
– Interior Decoration
– Graphic Design
– History Building Codes

– Architectural
– Building Design
– Construction Documents
– Green Building Practices

- Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)
- Business Practices as Related to the Practice of Design
 

General education courses are excluded from core units
Core units are calculated by semester units
Total Core units determine eligibility, completion of a degree not required
 

Diversified Design experience Definition:


Design Experience Including:

  • Prepare complex nonstructural or non-seismic plans
  • Instruction for the preparation of complex nonstructural or non-seismic plans
  • Complex nonstructural or non-seismic plans:
         Require the skills of a licensed contractor to implement
  • Includes programming, planning, designing, and documenting construction
  • Installation of nonstructural or non-seismic elements, finishes and furnishings
  • Protect and enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the public.


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

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 the knowledge required duration occupation
  • Résumés NOT accepted for self employment


Proof for Other Employment:

  • Verifiable Résumé
  • Professional résumé
  • Detailed job responsibilities
  • Complete employer contact information
  • Include all positions to be considered


International Candidates:

International education allowed, provided:

  • International Education from Accredited Source
  • Accreditation by USDE – International Equivalent accrediting agency
  • Must provide translated/verified transcripts
  • International experience considered
  • Provide verifiable proof of diversified design experience


Paths to Qualification:

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.

Path 3

  • Candidates meet the minimum qualifications to take the IDEX California®
    Candidates provide proof of one of the following examinations, to qualify:

ARE

CQRID

NCBDC

NCIDQ

 NKBA (CKD and CBD)


The Steps to Become a Certified Interior Designer
 

1. Qualification: Candidates must meet one of the following criteria.

Path 1 - Candidates Meet Minimum Qualifications to Take the IDEX California®

A. Minimum of 40 Semester Core Units from accredited design program (60 Quarter Units)
OR
B. More than 5 but less than 8 years of diversified design experience.


Path 2 - Candidates Qualify to Become Certified Upon Passing the IDEX California
®

A. 80+ Semester Core Units from accredited design program (120+ Quarter Units) plus two years of diversified design experience.

B. 60 – 79 Semester Core Units from accredited design program (90+ Quarter Units) plus three years of diversified design experience.

C. 40 – 59 Semester Core Units from accredited design program (60+ Quarter Units) plus four years of diversified design experience.

D. Minimum eight years eight years of diversified design experience, interior design education, or combination of both that total eight years.


Path 3 - Candidates who passed one of the following examinations:

  • ARE
  • CQRID
  • NCBDC
  • NCIDQ
  • NKBA (CKD and CBD)


2. Application:

  • Complete and submit the online application
     
  • Attach requested documents
     
  • Mail in corresponding documentation as instructed
     
  • Pay Fees: Application/IDEX/Test Center
     
  • All fees are due at the time of application.
     
  • Corresponding documentation MUST be received prior to the deadline date.
     
  • Incomplete applications will be deferred to next testing period, NO Exceptions.
     
  • Candidates have 1 year from registration approval to sit for exam.


3. IDEX California® Testing:

  • Two testing periods per year
     
  • Spring: May 1 – 31st
  • Complete applications packets must be received before March 1st
     
  • Fall: October 1 – 31st
  • Complete applications packets must be received before August 1st
     
  • Applications accepted year-round
     
  • Incomplete Applications or Paperwork received after deadline date:
  • Candidate deferred to later testing period.
     
  • Information provided verified by CCIDC Staff (duration varies).
     
  • Notification of application approval provided, upon completion.
     
  • Candidates have 1 year from registration approval to sit for exam.
     
  • NOTICE TO SCHEDULE (NTS) email from Castle Worldwide Testing Center.
     
  • Candidates receive the NTS email at the end of March/August.
     
  • NTS provides candidates testing center account login.
     
  • Candidates log in to select the date, time and location for exam.
     
  • Many testing centers throughout California, the US, Worldwide.
     
  • Study materials and courses can be found on our website.
     
  • Test results provided 3 – 5 weeks after last day of test month.
     
  • Email sent with Pass/Fail status when results made available.
     
  • Letter will specific scoring sent by USPS.
     
  • Matriculation expert reviews/qualifies each exam for accuracy/fairness.
     
  • IDEX Certificate mailed to passing candidates.
     
  • Retakes may be scheduled in next testing period.
     
  • Passing the IDEX California® does NOT mean candidates are automatically Certified!
  •  

4. Compliance Review:

Candidates that pass the IDEX California®

  • Path 1 Candidates file held until Candidate provides necessary proof of completion of at least one Path 2 category (A, B, C, or D).
     
  • All other Candidates:

    Compliance Committee verifies information collected by CCIDC.
    Congratulations letter sent upon approval.
    Candidates have 1 year from letter date to complete certification.


5. Completion of Certification:

After compliance approval:

  • Candidate will be prompted to pay the Bi-Annual Certification Fees.
     

Candidates are NOT certified until:

  • All fees are received
  • New CID Survey completed
  • Certification Number is assigned.

Upon completion New CIDs will be mailed:

  • Certified Interior Designer Information Binder
  • CID Certificate
  • Verification Letter with CID#
  • CID ID-Card and Stamp (approximately 8 – 12 weeks later)
  • Code of Ethics & Proof of Receipt to be signed & mailed to CCIDC


6. Fees:

Total due with application:

Path 1 & Path 2
$150 Application Fee
$300 IDEX Exam Fee
$75 Testing Center Fee
$525 Total*

Path 3
$50 Application Fee
$300 IDEX Exam Fee
$75 Testing Center Fee
$425 Total*

International Candidates
$275 International Testing Center Fee
($725 or $625 Total* Depending on Path)

Total due after Compliance Approval:
ALL Candidates $250 Bi-Annual Certification Fees*

* Fee is non-refundable


7. Study Material:

From CCIDC
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, content, sample questions
And a FAQ
NOT a 'study manual'

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

From Third-Parties:

Classes


If you meet any of the eligibility requirements and would like to apply for Certification, please select the appropriate link below to get started:

Apply Under Path 1 Here

 

Apply Under Path 2 Here

 

Apply Under Path 3 Here

 

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