IDCC & CCIDC Seek Input on Adding “Commercial” to California’s CID Credential

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So if you do not practice Interior Design in California you probably are unaware of their voluntary certification system.  It is confusing….even if you do practice in California but why should we care?

As the most populous state in the Union California also has the largest number of Interior Designers of any state, territory, or province… far.

As an outlier to the practice and professional advancement via regulation that the other 49 states, 10 provinces, and 5 territories (3 Canadian/2 U.S.) generally follow, California’s defiance to follow the  accepted system presents many issues for the broader Interior Design profession to consider.

The first is sheer numbers.  While IIDA and ASID have robust participation in California the broader profession suffers from California’s insular approach to the code regulated practice of Interior Design.  At a minimum reciprocity is not, and can never be, an option. Also the CCIDC remains steadfast in its control of the regulatory gate via its own exam- the IDEX Examination.  Of course California is free to do what it wants with its pursuit of right to practice issues for its Interior Design professionals but its voluntary self-regulated system is such an anomaly to the rest of the profession’s pursuit of state regulated practice that it may as well be another sovereign nation.

The larger profession sure could benefit if California were to move from a self-regulated system to a state regulated/licensed practice system.  The inertia and legal precedents would be helpful.  BUT….That said there are positive aspects to the concept of voluntary self-regulation that PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER admires.  Maybe we can adopt a hybrid system that will make everybody happy……California dreaming…..I digress.

The main motivation behind the inclusion of “Commerical” in the CID credential is the suspect manner in which California’s Building/Code officials review CID stamped/signed permit documents.  There is no consistency and unless a CID has a long-standing relationship with building departments and has proven that they know their business the ability to obtain permits statewide is suspect at best.  It is believed that by adding the word “Commercial” to the CID credential (not sure in what manner) that building officials would understand that particular designer has proven ability to practice in the code regulated realm.

I commend both IDCC and CCIDC for even considering this seemingly subtle title nuance.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.


2 responses to “IDCC & CCIDC Seek Input on Adding “Commercial” to California’s CID Credential”

  1. Self Regulation? Do you have any clue? California has a TITLE ACT and like 6 other boards in California, the California Council For Interior Design Certification is a non-profit Board that has complete oversight by the Department of Consumer Affairs. The IDEX Exam is the ONLY test that covers California Codes & Regulations considering the State of California has it’s own building code and does not use the IBC (not to mention smaller jurisdictions like Los Angeles and San Francisco that have their own codes). You sit in your own state, never attend any of the CCIDC meetings and judge something you have NO VIABLE KNOWLEDGE OF and blog erroneous information regularly.


  2. Oh Rob if you only knew about the clues I have……………..Thanks for stopping by though.

    Oh and P.S. you may want to check your own FAQ’s regarding the oh so subtle nuances between the IBC and CBC….. You guys act as if there is some parallel universe in which you practice. Yes it does have some seismic requirements but for the most part they are more similar than different.

    Oh and P.P.S. If the IDEX is accepted by all CALBO officials as a legitimate threshold to practice code regulated COMMERCIAL interior design then why are we even having this discussion?

    Cue the chirping crickets.


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