The interior design news wires often include items from the Philippines.
Evidently professions in the Philippines are highly regulated- including interior design. Now I get that this is a small country and the political/legal climate is far different than the U.S. but PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER admires the apparent transparency of the Filipino Professional Regulation Commission and its efforts to establish professional status and issue credentials.
I have not taken the PRC Interior Design Licensure Examination so I cannot attest to its rigor. None the less it appears that the culture in the Philippines is such that proving ones earned knowledge and skills is a badge of honor. It seems to be the normal path and as of yet I have not seen any effort to impugn or de-professionalize the process. There does not seem to be an anti-interior design regulation backlash.
We could only hope to have this clarity and sense of value and purpose to our professional validation effort. But then again we have choice..maybe they don’t.
Would make an interesting research project.