What is Interior Design?

Source: 2002 Census 541410 Interior Design Services

This industry comprises establishment primarily engage in planning, designing, and administering projects in interior spaces to meet the physical and aesthetic needs of people using them, taking into consideration building codes, heath and safety regulations, traffic patterns and floor planning, mechanical and electrical needs, and interior fittings and furniture.  Interior designer and interior design consultants work in areas, such as hospitality design, health care design, institutional design, commercial and corporate design, and residential design.  This industry also includes interior decorating consultants engaged exclusively in providing aesthetic services associated with interior spaces.

What is a Registered Interior Designer?

Registered interior designers provide interior design services for non-structural elements within built environments that are subject to building, fire, and accessibility regulations.

What Qualifies a State Registered Interior Designer?

A regulatory board will require the “Three E’s” – verification of your education and experience, and your passing score on the NCIDQ Exam to become a State Licensed and Registered Interior Designer in Oregon.

What have other states done?

Interior designers are legally recognized in 28 U.S. states and many Canadian provinces (This number includes Puerto Rico).

In order to become “registered” or “licensed”; or to gain “certification”, depends on each states specific bill language.  The common factors recognized in each state’s legislation or regulation of the profession is for candidates to meet and document minimum standards of statewide accepted and defined quantities of education and experience, in addition to submitting to the board successful passing results of a professional examination (most requiring the NCIDQ as that standard).

Each state’s requirements may or may not be the same as Oregon’s requirements, so please visit the website of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) to get the most accurate information on individual state boards,  their requirements, and to keep current on this annually evolving regulation topic. Please Contact us for Oregon’s requirements, our current bill language, or if you have comments about this content.

How does IDC-Oregon educate the public?

We are an organization dedicated to enact and sustain interior design registration over the long term. IDC-Oregon provides professional recognition and support for interior design professionals seeking this goal.  Our responsibility is to inform and collaborate with local interior design affiliations, Oregon chapters of International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and theAmerican Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and to work with them in tandem to educate the public on the professional services and responsibilities of the interior designer.   We also educate professionals and encourage other organizations involvement that are interested to support our efforts.

What if I provide interior decoration services to my clients?

If you provide decorative services or client assistance in the selection of building finish materials, window treatments, wall coverings, paint, floor coverings, surface-mounted fixtures, and loose furnishings not subject to regulation under applicable codes and regulations, your work will not be adversely impacted by legislation.

IDC-Oregon values interior decorative services and recognizes the importance of this service to the public.   Depending on the final passing of the legislation language, there might be some restrictions on what terms you use to describe your design services.   This law aims to help consumers be informed about various design roles many specialty qualified experts may offer and perform as interior designers.   Legislation will establish minimum benchmark levels for education, experience, and examination in order to define a minimum level of competency for those who are liable to safeguard public spaces.

IDC-Oregon is not trying to regulate terms such as design consultant, interior consultant, interior decorator, et. al. We seek a government regulated professional industry with unified accepted definitions of “interior design”, “interior designer”, “Registered Interior Design”, and “Registered Interior Designer” to safeguard the public and environment.

What professional knowledge does the NCIDQ exam test?

The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) is an organization of regulatory boards and provincial associations in the United States and Canada whose core purpose is to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design. NCIDQ serves to identify to the public those interior designers who have met the minimum standards for professional practice by passing the 3rd party administered NCIDQ Examination. Completion of the NCIDQ Examination recognizes that an individual has met minimum competency standards for the practice of interior design.

  • Section 1: Codes, Building Systems, Construction Standards and Contract Administration
  • Section 2: Design Application, Project Coordination and Professional Practice
  • Section 3: Practicum

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