Step 4: INTERIOR DESIGN REGULATION & LICENSING
Before discussing the types of regulations for the practice of interior design, there are the different classifications that determine the interior designer. The Registered Interior Designer is an individual who has met the minimum standards and requirements for academic achievement and exposure to the professional field, as well as being registered in the state to practice professional designing. The Certified Interior Designer is a design practitioner who also meets the minimum design requirements but is registered under the Title Act (refer to the list below). Lastly, a Licensed Interior Designer is a designation to individuals who have meet the minimum standards of design practice and is located in states with the Practice Act (refer to list below).
Below are the provisions implemented on different states regarding the mediation of the interior design practice:
• Title Act – This provision limits designers with the use of titles pertaining to design i.e. certified interior design, and raises public awareness regarding the legislations implemented on a particular state. Although the act does not necessarily prevent designers from engaging in their practice, the act nonetheless prevents designers from referring to themselves as “registered” if they do not meet the minimum requirements in both education and experience as imposed by the state.
• Self-Certification – Similar and different to the Title Act at the same, Self-Certification regulates designers from the use of the title that is controlled by a professional organization independent from the legislations imposed by the state. Therefore, the state has little control over how designers advertise themselves to the public because this responsibility falls solely on the independent professional organization. Among the different states in America, only California has the Self-Certification legislation.
• Permitting Statute – Defined by having no title moderation and state board, this legislation runs as an architectural statute amendment, with designers who have met the minimum academic and experiential requirements of the state being the exceptions. Colorado is a state that has a Permitting Statute as its interior design law.
• Practice Act – This legislation imposes that individual must have acquired a license for them to professionally carve an interior design career. Individuals not licensed by the state agency even though they are capable in the practice of design are still prohibited to render their design services to the public. Other moderations include the use of designated titles and other terminologies about design (ex. “interior design services” as opposed to “interior design”).