Licensing our profession will provide qualified interior designers the right to practice to the fullest extent of their abilities. Licensing defines an interior designers’ ability to stamp and submit work for building permits. In California, interior designers are the only major design participant in the construction industry that are not licensed, nor able to submit their plans.
Licensing provides a level of accountability for consumers. Licensing will ensure that registered interior designers are trained to protect the public by establishing a professional code of ethics, minimum qualification standards and requiring continuing education – critical in our fast-advancing field.
Licensing also provides clients the opportunity to work directly and exclusively with interior design professionals on code-based interior projects, saving clients both time and money.
Visit the IIDA licensing guide to find out what states and jurisdictions have Interior Design legislation in place.
Did you know…?
Does legislation put non-registered Interior Designers out of business?
No, Interior Design licensure, allows designers to perform their current service. Licensure allows Registered Interior Designers to expand into areas not currently permissible such as stamping, signing and submitting non-structural plans for permitting.
What would state licensure do?
State licensure protects the consumer by providing a venue to address grievances, and uphold a minimum level of competency.
Did you know that California has more NCIDQ certified Interior Designers than any other state?
California has over 2,476 certificate holders, Florida comes in a close second with 2,119. Texas is next with 1,945.
Did you know the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives states the powers to regulate professions that impact the health, safety and welfare of the public?
Many decisions an Interior Designer makes affect the health safety and welfare of building occupants.
Did you know that there are over 700 fires per month in buildings accessed by the public where interior finishes and content of the room where first ignited?
Designers must be acutely be aware of fire and building codes developed by the National Fire Protection Agency for safe use of fabrics, furnishings, materials and surfaces to reduce the incidence of fire and smoke inhalation that can cause injury or even death.
Did you know that those 700 fires per month cause 23 civilian deaths, and 330 injuries and over $399 million in direct property damage?
Personal Injuries can cost employers’ thousands of dollars, if an interior designer is not aware of Barrier-free design, you may find yourself in litigation. Ergonomic injuries, and air, light and noise which can cause strain, employees missing work and or Sick Building Syndrome. Avoid these costly pitfalls by supporting licensure of Interior Designers, and to protect the consumer.