The California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC) is pleased to announce
that beginning in 2009 there will be a new “single” examination for interior designers in California in order to become a “Certified Interior Designer”.
For approximately the past eight years,
anyone wishing to become a Certified Interior Designer has been required to take and pass one of the three recognized national examinations, namely the CQRID, the NCIDQ, or both parts of the NKBA, plus a
supplemental California Codes and Regulations Examination, the CCRE. Prior to eight years ago, only one national examination was recognized. These examinations were in addition to education and
experience requirements spelled out in Section 5800 of the Business & Professions Code.
Since 2000, all examinations that CCIDC accepts are subject to Section 139 of the California Business
and Professions Code which establishes a policy that sets minimum requirements for psychometrically sound examination validation, examination development, and occupational analyses, including standards
for sufficient number of test items. It also requires an assessment of the appropriateness of prerequisites for admittance to the examination.
The purpose for this change in examinations is to
bring the California certification examination in line with Section 139 of the California Business and Professions Code and to make it available to those who fall under the three categories of education
and experience under the law, as well as to those with “experience only”.
Faced with changing building codes and the necessity to update the California Codes and Regulations Examination
(CCRE), the timing is appropriate to undertake this change.
The CCIDC board has determined it is in the best interest of California interior designers to transition to one encompassing and inclusive examination that would be available to all potential candidates including graduating students. Candidates and students passing the examination will still need to meet all the other requirements in order to become a Certified Interior Designer.
The CCIDC board is working to replace the CCRE and the three national examinations with one certification examination that will be available online at multiple examination sites across the state
starting in 2009. The current examination venues will continue throughout 2008, and CCIDC will continue to honor those who have taken one of the current national examinations, by providing the
current CCRE for an extended time frame for those who wish to take it.
CCIDC has prepared answers to the most frequently asked questions on the new exam.
you are interested in taking the new 2009 Certification Exam and want to receive news on study materials, upcoming dates, etc., please fill in this form.
This new examination is a big project to develop and pay for. CCIDC is seeking donations
to help offset this expense. If you are looking for ways to reduce your tax liability and help the interior design profession in California, we are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so all your
donations for this new exam are tax-deductible. Please click here to make a donation.
View the Donor List. Thank you.
posted March 6, 2008;
revised Aug.10, 2008