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State Licensing Regulations

Below is the state licensure and board information for states with regulation, as available.

ALABAMA

Type of Act: Title
Title: "Interior Designer"/"Registered Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 60 quarters or 48 tri sem. credit hours/4 years for the registered level
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ/NCIDQ and an additional exam to be offered by the Board for the registered level

Continuing Education for Renewal: Yes

Year Passed: Title Act: 1982 Practice Act: 2001

State Board or Agency:

Alabama State Board of Registration for Interior Design
P.O. Box 11026
Birmingham, AL 35202
T: (205) 879-4232
F: (205) 879-4232 (then press *51)
E: intdesbd@bellsouth.net


ARKANSAS

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Registered Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 4years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: .5 CEUs per year

Year Passed: 1993, amended 1997

State Board or Agency:
Arkansas Board of Registered Interior Designers
P.O. Box 250220
Little Rock, AR 72225-0220
T: (870) 226-6875 - Mary Beth Frazer


CALIFORNIA

Type of Act: Title Act
Self-Certification: "Certified Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: None
Total Education Plus Experience: 6-8 years depending on education

Examination Required: IDEX

Continuing Education for Renewal: 10 hours per biennium

Year Passed: 1990, amended 1991 extended to 2007

Private Certification Company:
California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC)
1605 Grand Avenue, Suite 4
San Marcos, CA 92069-2440
T: (760) 761-4734
F: (760) 761-4736
E: office@ccidc.org


COLORADO

Type of Act: Permitting Statute
Title: None

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: None

Year Passed: 2001


CONNECTICUT

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required: Follows NCIDQ requirements

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: None

Year Passed: 1983, amended 1987

State Board or Agency:
Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Professional Licensing Div.- Interior Design
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
T: (860) 713-6145 Bob Kuzmich
F: (860) 713-7230


FLORIDA

Type of Act: Title/Practice Act
Title: "Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: Not less than 20 hours per biennium

Year Passed: Title Act: 1988, amended 1989 Practice Act: 1994

State Board or Agency:
Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design
Northwood Center
1940 N. Monroe Street, Suite 60
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0751
T: (850) 487-1395
F: (850) 922-2918
E: Call.Center@dbpr.state.fl.us


GEORGIA

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Registered Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 4 years or first professional degree
Total Education Plus Experience: 4 years (no experience specified)

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: 12 hours per biennium

Year Passed: 1992, amended 1994

State Board or Agency:

Georgia State Board of Architects and Interior Designers
237 Coliseum Drive
Atlanta, GA 31217-3858
T: (478) 207-2440
F: (478) 207-1354


ILLINOIS

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Registered Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: None

Year Passed: 1990, amended 1994

State Board or Agency:
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
320 West Washington Street
Springfield, IL 62786
T: (217) 785-0800
F: (217) 782-0458


INDIANA

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Registered Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education:
2 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ or ARE

Continuing Education for Renewal: None

Year Passed: 1990, amended 1994

State Board or Agency:
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Attn: State Board of Registration for Architects and Landscape Architects
402 W. Washington Street, Room W072,
Indianapolis, IN 46204
T: (317) 234-3022
E: pla10@pla.in.gov


IOWA

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Registered Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Year Passed: 2005

State Board or Agency:
Interior Design Examining Board
1920 SE Hulsizer Road
Ankeny, IA 50021
T: (515) 281-7356
F: (515) 281-7411


KENTUCKY

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Certified Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
To become certified in Kentucky prior to January 1, 2009 interior designer must have a total of seven years of interior design education and experience. After this time, interior designers will need a minimum of a four year degree from a FIDER accredited school and two years of interior design experience.

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: 12 hours per year

Year Passed: 2002

State Board or Agency:
Kentucky State Board of Examiners and Registration of Architects
Spindletop Administrative Building
2624 Research Park Drive, Suite 101
Lexington, KY 40511
T: (859) 246-2069
F: (859) 246-2431
E: kybera.general@ky.gov


LOUISIANA

Type of Act: Title/Practice Act
Title: "Registered Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: .5 CEU’s per year

Year Passed: Title Act: 1984, amended 1990, 1995, 1997 Practice Act: 1999

State Board or Agency:
Louisiana State Board of Interior Designers
5222 Summa Court, Suite 358
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
T: (225) 763-5550  Sandy Edmonds
F: (225) 763-5551
E: sandy@lsbid.org


MAINE

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Certified Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 4 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: None

Year Passed: 1993

State Board or Agency:

Maine State Board for Licensure of Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035
T: (207) 624-8603 Laurel Grady
F: (207) 624-8637


MARYLAND

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Certified Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 4 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: 10 hour per biennium

Year Passed: 1991, amended 1997

State Board or Agency:
Maryland Department of Licensing and Regulation
Board of Certified Interior Designers
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308
Baltimore, MD 21202
T: (410) 230-6322
F: (410) 333-0021
E: interiordesign@dllr.state.md.us


MICHIGAN

Note: The Michigan State Board of Architects keeps a list of qualified interior designers. Contact the board for more information.

Michigan State Board of Architects
Commercial Services and Corporations
Licensing Division
P.O. Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909
T: (517) 241-9288
F: (517) 373-3085
E: bcslic@michigan.gov


MINNESOTA

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Certified Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: Board determined
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: 24 hours per biennium

Year Passed: 1992, amended 1995

State Board or Agency:
Minnesota AELSLAGID
Office of the Board
85 East 7th Place, Suite 160
St. Paul, MN 55101
T: (651) 296-2388 Sheri Lindemann
F: (651) 297-5310


MISSOURI

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Registered Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: 10 hours per biennium

Year Passed: 1998

State Board or Agency:
Missouri Interior Design Council
3605 Missouri Blvd.
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335
T: (573) 522-4683
F: (573) 526-3489
E: intdesn@pr.mo.gov


NEVADA

Type of Act: Title/Practice Act
Title: "Registered Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 4 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: None

Year Passed: 1995

State Board or Agency:
Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design
2080 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 120
Las Vegas, NV 89119
T: (702) 486-7300 Gina Spaulding
F: (702) 486-7304
E: nsbaidrd@nsbaidrd.nv.gov


NEW JERSEY

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Certified Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: Yes

Year Passed: 2002

State Board or Agency:
New Jersey State Board of Architects
P.O. Box 45001
Newark, NJ 07101
T: (973) 504-6385


NEW MEXICO

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Licensed Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: 8 hours per year

Year Passed: 1989

State Board or Agency:
New Mexico Board of Interior Design
2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
T: (505) 476-4865
F: (505) 476-4600
E: interior.design@state.nm.us


NEW YORK

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Certified Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 7 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: None

Year Passed: 1990

State Board or Agency:
New York State Education Department
Board of Interior Design
Office of the Professions
State Board for Interior Design
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000
T: (518) 474-3817 x140 Lorraine O'Keefe
F: (518) 473-6282
E: indsgnbd@mail.nysed.gov


OKLAHOMA

Type of Act: Title
Title: "Registered Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: None

Year Passed: 2006, amended 2009

State Board or Agency:
Oklahoma Board of Governors of the Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers
Landmark Towers
P.O. Box 53430
Oklahoma City, OK 73152
T: (405) 949-2383
F: (405) 949-1690
E: okla@boardofarch.com


PUERTO RICO

Type of Act: Title/Practice Act
Title: "Interior Designer"/"Interior Decorator"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years or 480 hours
Total Education Plus Experience: 2 years (no experience specified)

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: .45 hours per year

Year Passed: 1973, amended 1976

State Board or Agency:
Puerto Rico State Department
Examining Board of Interior Designers
P.O. Box 3271
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902
T: (787) 722-2122, x237 (Ruth Andino, Espanol)
F: (787) 722-4818 (Jasmine, English)


TENNESSEE

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Registered Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: 24 hours per year

Year Passed: 1991, amended 1995, amended 1997

State Board or Agency:
Tennessee Board of Architectural & Engineering Examiners
500 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-1142
T: (615) 741-3221 Joyce Shrum
F: (615) 532-9410
E: ce.aeboard@state.tn.us


TEXAS

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Registered Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: 8 hours per year

Year Passed: 1991

State Board or Agency:
Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
P.O. Box 12337
Austin, TX 78711-2337
T: (512) 305-9000 Mary Helmcamp
F: (512) 305-8900


VIRGINIA

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Certified Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 4 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: None

Year Passed: 1990, amended 1994

State Board or Agency:
Virginia APELSCIDLA Board
3600 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230-4917
T: (804) 367-8512 or (840) 367-8506
F: (804) 367-2475


WASHINGTON, DC

Type of Act: Title/Practice Act
Title: "Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years (as required by NCIDQ to take exam)
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: .5 CEU’s per biennium

Year Passed: 1986

State Board or Agency:
DC Office of Boards and Commissions
c/o DC Board of Architecture and Interior Design
441 4th Street NW, Suite 530 South
Washington, DC 20001
T: (202) 727-1372
F: (202) 442-4528

Note: Click here for the DC interior design statute, board regulations and licensure information.


WISCONSIN

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: "Wisconsin Registered Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required:
Education: 2 years
Total Education Plus Experience: 6 years

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: 9 hours per biennium

Year Passed: 1996

State Board or Agency:
Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
T: (608) 266-5511 Cletus Hansen
F: (608) 267-3816
E: web@drl.state.wi.us

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