Interior DecoratingWhat is a Certified Interior Designer?

The interior design profession has become more sophisticated and challenging in the past decade. As housing costs rise and age, more people are electing to remodel instead of building new homes. For these reasons, the interior designer’s profession has been gaining more and more notoriety. However, all states, cities, and neighborhoods have parameters that might make remodeling frustrating for a homeowner. Because of this, interior designers are increasingly asked to understand more about codes, building design, and accessibility. Some states require interior designers to be licensed. In CA, it is voluntary. This licensing is called the Certified Interior Designer designation.

When designing any home or space, a healthy knowledge of specific subjects is needed. Whether the designer’s home state requires it or not, it is essential to understand what safety laws and codes are applicable to any standing structure. Certified interior designers have demonstrated through education, experience, and examination their knowledge of the California Building Code related to space planning, life safety, flammability, and disabled access code issues, under the provisions of Chapter 3.9 of the Business & Professions Code, Section 5800 -5812.

Interior designers do not just design and then build; they work alongside other professionals to make the vision come to life. For example, a certified interior designer may prepare and submit non-structural, non-seismic construction documents and sufficient complexity specifications. These are prepared and submitted to a licensed contractor and a local building department for plan check purposes. A professional interior designer needs to keep the communication with the contractors and departments involved in any project so that all are on the same page and prepared for any changes.

Certified interior designers engage in programming, planning, designing, and documenting the construction and installation of non-structural or non-seismic elements, finishes, and furnishings within the interior spaces.
Certified interior designers have demonstrated skills utilizing education, experience, and examination to protect and enhance the public’s health, safety, and welfare.

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The Governing Body is the California Council for Interior Design Certification

Certified Interior Designers have their own stamp for plans

Certified Interior Designers have a thorough knowledge of the CBC Building Codes and Building Submittal requirements