“Certified interior designer” means a person who prepares and submits nonstructural or nonseismic plans consistent with Sections 5805 and 5538 to local building departments that are of sufficient complexity so as to require the skills of a licensed contractor to implement them, and who engages in programming, planning, designing and documenting the construction and installation of nonstructural or nonseismic elements, finishes and furnishings within the interior spaces of a building, and has demonstrated by means of education, experience and examination, the competency to protect and enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
(Per California Council for Interior Design Certification)
I have been an NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Certification) certified interior designer since 1986. When New York State approved certification for interior designers, I sat for a special codes exam and became the 113th Certified Interior Designer in New York State in 1988. When we moved to California, this state does not offer reciprocity. I was still able to work as an interior designer here but I could not call myself a certified Interior designer in this state. I went back and forth on the decision to sit for the additional codes exam here. In 2009 California will be changing their exam so instead of taking just the additional codes portion, I would have to take a completely revised and much larger exam. I decided to study and I took the “old” exam in October. Luckily I passed the exam, applied for certification and I am now the 6297th Certified Interior Designer in California. Yahoo!!