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          Date of Hearing:   April 17, 2012

              ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND CONSUMER 
                                     PROTECTION
                                 Mary Hayashi, Chair
                      AB 2482 (Ma) - As Amended:  April 10, 2012
           
          SUBJECT  :   Registered interior designers.

           SUMMARY  :   Establishes the California Registered Interior 
          Designers Board (Board) for the purpose of licensing and 
          regulating registered interior design.  Specifically,  this bill  : 


          1)Establishes the Board under the Department of Consumer Affairs 
            (DCA).

          2)Requires the Board to license and regulate the practice of 
            registered interior design for the interest and protection of 
            the public's health, safety, and welfare. 

          3)Requires the Board to establish a fair and uniform enforcement 
            policy to deter and prosecute violations of this bill or any 
            rules and regulations adopted by the Board providing 
            protection of the consumer. 

          4)Specifies that the protection of the public is the highest 
            priority for the Board in exercising its licensing, 
            regulatory, and disciplinary functions, as specified.

          5)Establishes the Board with unspecified membership.

          6)Requires the licensee members of the Board to:

             a)   Have a license in good standing; 

             b)   Have been licensed and practicing in this state for an 
               unspecified number of years at the time of appointment; 
               and,

             c)   Be residents and practice in California.

          7)Requires the Governor, the Senate Committee on Rules, and the 
            Speaker of the Assembly to appoint an unspecified number of 
            members to the Board.








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          8)Prohibits the public members of the Board from being 
            licensees.

          9)Requires the Board to:

             a)   Elect a president and secretary from its membership; 

             b)   Register as a member board with the National Council for 
               Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ); and,

             c)   Appoint a delegate to become a member of the Council of 
               Delegates of the NCIDQ.

          10) Requires the Board to issue a license to a person who meets 
            the following requirements:

             a)   Has not committed any acts subject to discipline by the 
               Board, as specified;

             b)   Completes an application for a license on a form 
               prescribed by the Board;

             c)   Pays licensure fees prescribed by the Board;

             d)   Submits proof satisfactory to the Board of successful 
               completion of one of the following:

               i)     A Bachelor's degree program in interior design and 
                 3,520 hours of interior design experience under the 
                 supervision of a registered interior designer (RID) or 
                 other experience approved by the Board, including 1,760 
                 hours earned after the degree program is completed;

               ii)    A bachelor's degree program in any major with no 
                 fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of interior 
                 design coursework that culminates in a degree, and with 
                 3,520 hours of interior design experience under the 
                 supervision of an RID or experience approved by the 
                 Board, including 1,760 hours earned after the degree 
                 program and coursework are completed;

               iii)   No fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of 
                 interior design coursework that culminates in a degree or 
                 diploma and 5,280 hours of interior design experience 








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                 earned after that coursework is completed under the 
                 supervision of an RID or experience acceptable to the 
                 Board;

               iv)    No fewer than 40 semester or 60 quarter hours of 
                 interior design coursework that culminates in a 
                 certificate, degree, or diploma and 7,040 hours of 
                 interior design experience earned after that coursework 
                 is completed under the supervision of an RID or 
                 experience approved by the Board; or,

               v)     Submits proof of passage of the examination prepared 
                 and administered by the NCIDQ or, if the Board requires, 
                 another examination approved by the Board. 

          11)Authorizes the Board to issue a license to a person who, at 
            the time of application, holds a valid license to practice 
            registered interior design issued in another state if the 
            education and experience requirements in that state are 
            equivalent to, or more stringent than, the requirements of 
            this bill, as determined by the Board. 

          12)The Board shall issue a license to a person who:

             a)   Is a certified interior designer or previously received 
               interior design certification and is certified by the NCIDQ 
               or has passed an examination approved by the Board or the 
               Codes, Building Systems and Construction Standards section 
               of the examination administered by the NCIDQ.

             b)   Submits an application to the Board before January 1, 
               2016, and submits acceptable proof of 10 years of 
               experience in interior design under the supervision of an 
               RID or experience approved by the Board and passage of the 
               NCIDQ examination or an examination approved by the Board; 
               or,

             c)   Submits an application to the Board before January 1, 
               2016, and submits acceptable proof of eight total years of 
               experience in interior design under the supervision of an 
               RID or experience approved by the Board, including no fewer 
               than two years of education in interior design and is 
               certified by the NCIDQ or has passed an examination 
               approved by the Board or the Codes, Building Systems and 
               Construction Standards section of the examination of the 








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               NCIDQ. 

          13)Specifies that this bill does not prohibit any person from 
            attaining or maintaining the title of "Certified Interior 
            Designer (CID)" and from having all privileges granted within 
            or prohibit the lawful practice of interior design.

          14)Specifies that a license issued pursuant to this bill include 
            specified information and serves as evidence that the licensee 
            is entitled to all the rights and privileges of an RID while 
            the license remains unsuspended, unrevoked, and unexpired.

          15)Specifies that the unauthorized use or display of a license 
            is unlawful. 

          16)Specifies that licenses expire two years after the date of 
            issue.

          17)Requires a licensee seeking to renew a license, on or before 
            the expiration date of the license, to:

             a)   Apply for renewal on a form prescribed by the Board;

             b)   Pay a renewal fee prescribed by the Board;

             c)   Submit proof of compliance with the continuing education 
               (CE) requirements established by the Board; and,

             d)   Comply with the education and examination requirements 
               described in 12) above, if applicable.

          18)Requires the Board, by regulation, to require RIDs to 
            complete no more than 10 hours of CE as a condition of renewal 
            of their license. 

          19)Authorizes the Board, by regulation, to renew a license that 
            has not been renewed within one year of the date of its 
            expiration, as specified.

          20)Requires the Board to issue a retired license to a person 
            licensed by the Board who chooses to relinquish or not renew 
            his or her license, as specified.

          21)Requires a person holding a retired license to use the title 
            "retired RID" and prohibits him or her from practicing 








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            registered interior design.

          22)Authorizes the Board to deny a license for any violation of 
            this bill.

          23)Requires a licensee to sign, date, and seal or stamp, as 
            specified, all plans, specifications, studies, drawings, and 
            other documents he or she issues for official use pursuant to 
            the practice of registered interior design and authorizes the 
            Board to adopt regulations specifying the manner in which a 
            licensee may electronically issue those documents.

          24)Requires a licensee to use a seal or stamp of the design 
            authorized by the Board, bearing his or her name, the serial 
            number included on his or her certificate of licensure, and 
            the legend "RID."

          25)Makes it unlawful for a person to seal or stamp a plan, 
            specification, study, drawing, or other document after his or 
            her license has expired or been suspended or revoked, as 
            specified.

          26)Requires a plan, specification, study, drawing, or other 
            document prepared by a licensee to contain a statement that 
            the document was prepared by a person licensed pursuant to 
            this bill. 

          27)Authorizes a licensee, if required by a city, county, or city 
            and county in relation to the issuance of a permit, to prepare 
            and seal interior design documents to be submitted for the 
            issuance of a building permit for interior construction, 
            excluding design of any structural, mechanical, plumbing, 
            heating, air-conditioning, ventilating, electrical, or 
            vertical transportation systems.

          28)Authorizes a licensee to collaborate with the following 
            persons in the practice of registered interior design:

             a)   An licensed architect, as specified; or,

             b)   A registered electrical, structural, or mechanical 
               engineer authorized to use that title, as specified.  

          29)Prohibits a person from bringing or maintaining an action in 
            the courts for the collection of compensation for the 








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            performance of an act or contract for which a license is 
            required by this bill without being duly licensed at all times 
            during the performance of the act or contract. 

          30)Authorizes the Board to suspend, revoke, or place on 
            probation the certificate of a licensee, assess a fine up to 
            $10,000 against a licensee, impose the costs of an 
            investigation and prosecution upon a licensee, or take any 
            combination of these disciplinary actions if a licensee does 
            any of the following:

             a)   Obtains a license by fraud or concealment of a material 
               fact;

             b)   Is found guilty by the Board or a court of competent 
               jurisdiction of fraud, deceit, or concealment of a material 
               fact in his or her practice of registered interior design, 
               or is convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude;

             c)   Is found mentally ill by a court of competent 
               jurisdiction;

             d)   Is found guilty by the Board of incompetence, 
               negligence, or gross negligence in the practice of interior 
               design;

             e)   Affixes his or her signature, stamp, or seal to plans, 
               specifications, studies, drawings, or other instruments of 
               service that have not been prepared by him or her, or 
               permits the use of his or her name to assist a person who 
               is not a licensed interior designer, as specified;

             f)   Aids or abets an unlicensed person to practice as an 
               RID;

             g)   Violates a law, regulation, or code of ethics pertaining 
               to the practice of registered interior design; or,

             h)   Fails to comply with an order issued by the Board or 
               cooperate with an investigation conducted by the Board.

          31)Specifies that an order issued pursuant to this section, and 
            the findings of fact and conclusions of law supporting that 
            order, are public records.









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          32)Subjects the Board to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act.

          33)Specifies that the proceedings for the disciplinary actions 
            described in this bill be conducted in accordance with the 
            APA. 

          34)Authorizes any of the following conditions on an order 
            placing a licensee on probation:

             a)   Restriction on the scope of practice of registered 
               interior design of the licensee;

             b)   Peer review, as specified;

             c)   Required CE or counseling; and,

             d)   Payment of restitution to persons who suffered harm or 
               loss. 

          35)Authorizes RIDs, architects, landscape architects, and 
            professional engineers to join or form a partnership, 
            corporation, or other business organization or association, 
            except a limited liability company or limited liability 
            partnership, with persons outside their field of practice who 
            are not registered or licensed if certain requirements are 
            met, as specified.

          36)Makes it unlawful for a person to:

             a)   Hold himself or herself out to the public or solicit 
               business as a licensed RID without holding a license; 

             b)   Advertise that he or she is a licensed RID, without 
               holding a license, as specified;

             c)   Practice registered interior design, or use the title 
               "RID," unless he or she holds a license; or,

             d)   Violate any provision of this chapter.

          37)Specifies that this bill does not prohibit:

             a)   A person registered or otherwise qualified or approved 
               by a private organization from using a term or title 
               copyrighted or otherwise protected under law by the 








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               certifying organization or from providing services 
               customarily associated with that title, or specified by the 
               certifying organization, provided that the use of that term 
               or title does not connote licensure as an RID; and,

             b)   A person from providing certain services, provided he or 
               she does not hold himself or herself out to the public as, 
               or solicit business as, an RID, unless the person holds a 
               valid license issued by the Board, as specified. 

          38)Specifies that a person who violates any provision of this 
            bill is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable as follows:

             a)   For a first violation, the person shall be punished by a 
               fine between $500 and $1,000, or by imprisonment in a 
               county jail for no more than six months, or by both that 
               fine and imprisonment; and,

             b)   For a second or subsequent violation, the person shall 
               be punished by a fine between $1,000 and $2,000, or by 
               imprisonment in a county jail for no more than one year, or 
               by both that fine and imprisonment. 

          39)Specifies that in addition to any other penalty prescribed by 
            law, a person who violates any provision of this bill or any 
            Board-adopted regulation is subject to a civil penalty of no 
            more than $10,000 for each violation, imposed by the Board at 
            a hearing conducted in accordance with the APA.

          40)Authorizes the Board to assess fees for licensure and 
            licensure renewal in an amount sufficient to cover reasonable 
            regulatory costs of administration.

          41)Requires the Board to deposit fees collected pursuant to this 
            bill into the California Registered Interior Designers Board 
            Fund (Fund).

          42)Authorizes the use of the Fund, upon appropriation by the 
            Legislature in the annual Budget Act, to carry out the 
            provisions of this bill.

          43)Exempts the following from the requirements of this bill:

             a)   A licensed architect acting within the scope of his or 
               her license;








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             b)   A registered professional engineer acting within the 
               scope of his or her license;

             c)   A person engaging in work related to registered interior 
               design as an employee of a RID if the work does not include 
               responsible supervisory control or supervision of the 
               practice of registered interior design;

             d)   A person performing registered interior design work 
               under the responsible supervisory control of an RID;

             e)   A consultant retained by an RID;

             f)   A person who prepares drawings of the layout of 
               materials or furnishings used in registered interior design 
               or provides assistance in the selection of materials or 
               furnishings used in registered interior design, if the 
               preparation or implementation of those drawings, or the 
               installation of those materials or furnishings, is not 
               regulated by a building code or other law, ordinance, rule, 
               or regulation governing the alteration or construction of a 
               structure of, any of the following materials:

               i)     Decorative accessories;

               ii)    Wallpaper, wallcoverings, or paint;

               iii)   Linoleum, tile, carpeting, or floor coverings;

               iv)    Draperies, blinds, or window coverings;

               v)     Lighting or plumbing fixtures that are not part of a 
                 structure; and,

               vi)    Furniture or equipment.

             g)   An employee of a retail establishment providing 
               consultation regarding interior decoration or furnishings, 
               as specified.

          44)Prohibits a person from referring to himself or herself as an 
            RID without being duly licensed.

          45)Specifies that this bill does not prohibit a person 








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            registered or otherwise qualified or approved by a private 
            organization from using a term or title copyrighted or 
            otherwise protected under law by the certifying organization 
            provided that the use of that term or title does not connote 
            licensure as an RID.

          46)Specifies that the exemptions do not absolve a person from 
            any civil or criminal liability that might otherwise accrue 
            when engaging in acts described in this bill. 

          47)Provides that this bill does not prohibit any person from 
            preparing plans, drawings, or specifications for any of the 
            following:

             a)   Single-family dwellings of woodframe construction not 
               more than two stories and basement in height;

             b)   Multiple dwellings containing no more than four dwelling 
               units of woodframe construction not more than two stories 
               and basement in height;

             c)   Garages or other structures appurtenant to buildings 
               described in this section, of woodframe construction not 
               more than two stories and basement in height; and,

             d)   Agricultural and ranch buildings of woodframe 
               construction, as specified. 

          48)Exempts structural engineers, as defined, insofar as he or 
            she practices the profession for which he or she is 
            registered, from the requirements of this bill, except that a 
            structural engineer may not use the title "RID," unless he or 
            she holds a license. 

          49)Specifies that this bill does not authorize a licensed 
            contractor to perform design services beyond those described 
            in 47) above, unless those services are performed by or under 
            the direct supervision of an RID, or a licensed professional 
            or civil engineer, as specified. 

          50)Specifies that this bill does not prohibit a licensed 
            contractor from performing any services currently allowed 
            under state law, as specified, however, prohibits a licensed 
            contractor from using the title "RID," unless he or she holds 
            an RID license.








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          51) Exempts licensed professional engineers, civil engineers, 
            landscape architects, land surveyors and architects from the 
            provisions of this bill, except that these licensed 
            professionals are prohibited from using the title "RID," 
            unless duly licensed. 

          52) Specifies this bill does not prohibit any person from 
            furnishing alone or with contractors, labor and materials, 
            with or without plans, drawings, specifications, instruments 
            of service, or other data covering such labor and materials to 
            be used for any of the following:

             a)   For nonstructural or nonseismic storefronts, interior 
               alterations or additions, fixtures, cabinetwork, furniture, 
               or other appliances or equipment;

             b)   For any nonstructural or nonseismic work necessary to 
               provide for the installation of those storefronts, interior 
               alterations or additions, fixtures, cabinetwork, furniture, 
               appliances, or equipment; or,

             c)   For any nonstructural or nonseismic alterations or 
               additions to any building necessary to or attendant upon 
               the installation of those storefronts, interior alterations 
               or additions, fixtures, cabinetwork, furniture, appliances, 
               or equipment, provided those alterations do not change or 
               affect the structural system or safety of the building.

          53)Defines the following terms: 

             a)   "Practice of registered interior design" means the 
               rendering of services by a licensee and use by a licensee 
               of a "RID" stamp, as provided for in this bill.

             b)   "Building shell" means the architecture of an existing 
               building, including, but not limited to, the framework, the 
               perimeter and exterior walls, the building core and 
               columns, and other structural, load-bearing elements;

             c)   "Construction documents" means the detailed working 
               drawings that define the work to be constructed;

             d)   "Contract documents" means the set of documents that 
               form a part of the legal contract for services between two 








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               or more parties;

             e)   "Interior design" means a multifaceted profession in 
               which creative and technical solutions are applied within a 
               structure to achieve a built interior environment 
               including:

               i)     The creation of designs, in response to and in 
                 coordination with the building shell, that acknowledge 
                 the physical location and social context of a project, 
                 adhere to code and regulatory requirements, and encourage 
                 the principles of environmental sustainability;

               ii)    The use of a systematic and coordinated methodology, 
                 including research, analysis, and integration of 
                 knowledge into the creative process, to satisfy the needs 
                                          of a client, using the resources of the client, in order 
                 to produce an interior space that fulfills a project's 
                 goals; and,

               iii)   The rendering of services to enhance the quality and 
                 function of an interior area within a structure designed 
                 for human habitation or occupancy, as specified.

             f)   "Nonstructural or nonseismic elements or components" 
               means interior elements or components that are not load 
               bearing, or do not assist in the seismic design, and do not 
               require design computations for a building's structure, as 
               specified;

             g)   "Partition" means a wall that does not support a 
               vertical load of a structure other than its own weight, but 
               may support loads attached to it, such as cabinetry, 
               shelving, or grab bars, and does not extend further than 
               the distance from the floor of an interior area of a 
               structure designed for human habitation or occupancy to the 
               underside of the deck of that structure;

             h)   "Reflected ceiling plan" means a ceiling design that 
               illustrates a ceiling as if the ceiling was projected 
               downward;

             i)   "Responsible supervisory control" means the direct 
               responsibility for supervising work and the decisionmaking 
               process, including the review, control, and enforcement of 








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               compliance with design criteria and life safety 
               requirements;

             j)   "Space planning" means the analysis and design of 
               spatial and occupancy requirements, including, but not 
               limited to, preliminary space layouts and final planning 
               for nonload-bearing walls, partitions, panels, and 
               furnishings;

             aa)  "Specifications" means the detailed written description 
               of construction, workmanship, and materials of the work to 
               be undertaken;

             bb)  "Gross negligence" means conduct that demonstrates a 
               reckless disregard of the consequences affecting the life 
               or property of another person;

             cc)  "Incompetence" means conduct that, in the practice of 
               registered interior design, demonstrates a significant lack 
               of ability, knowledge, or fitness to discharge a 
               professional obligation; and,

             dd)  "Negligence" means a deviation from the normal standard 
               of professional care exercised generally by other persons 
               engaging in the practice of registered interior design. 

          54)States legislative intent.

          55)Makes technical, conforming changes.

           EXISTING LAW  defines CIDs and interior design organizations, 
          permits a CID to obtain and use a stamp identifying the 
          designer, and makes it an unfair business practice for a person 
          to represent himself or herself as a CID unless he or she 
          complies with certain requirements.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   Unknown

           COMMENTS  :   

           Purpose of this bill  .  According to the author, "The evolution 
          of the interior design profession makes the law, as it pertains 
          to the interior design profession, ripe for enhancement.

          "In January of 1992, The California Council for Interior Design 








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          Certification (CCIDC) was established as the organization 
          responsible for administering the requirements of the Certified 
          Interior Designers Law.  Today, 28 states provide some form of 
          regulation for interior design; California is the only one that 
          authorizes a private organization, rather than a state 
          regulatory body, to provide a stamp to be used in the building 
          permitting process. In addition, California is the only state 
          where that same private organization is also responsible for 
          administering the qualifying examination for interior designers.

          "In 2008, CCIDC established the Interior Design Exam (IDEX) as 
          the only permissible qualifying examination for certifying 
          interior designers in the state of California.  The IDEX is not 
          recognized by any other state or by the federal government.  
          California interior designers who seek to expand their 
          portfolios to include federal projects or to acquire the 
          required permits for their work in other regulated states must 
          pass the NCIDQ examination; no reciprocity exists for the CID 
          credential or the IDEX.  Conversely, California does not 
          recognize the NCIDQ exam for certification of interior 
          designers.  

          "Acceptance of plans with a CID stamp by local building 
          departments is inconsistent across the state.  Due to the lack 
          of state board oversight, CIDs are not uniformly considered 
          'registered design professionals' as defined in the 
          International Building Code and the 2010 California Building 
          Code.  The existing law only provides local building departments 
          the option to recognize the CID stamp at their own discretion.  
          In many jurisdictions across the state (including major 
          metropolitan cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco), CIDs 
          cannot independently obtain the necessary permits on their own 
          work - work that is squarely within their scope of practice and 
          qualification.  A project that is permissible for a CID to 
          perform independently in one locality must be completed under 
          the supervision of, and stamped by, an architect in another."

           Background  .  There is a lengthy and at times tumultuous history 
          regarding interior design in California.  SB 153 (Craven), 
          Chapter 396, Statutes of 1990 established an Interior Designer 
          Practice Act.  Eventually, the bill was amended to instead 
          establish title protection for "CIDs" who obtain a stamp from a 
          private nonprofit organization.  The stamp certifies that the 
          interior designer has provided the interior design organization 
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          examination, education and experience requirements.  After SB 
          153 passed, the CCIDC was established in 1992, to issue 
          certifications under the law.

          AB 1096 (Romero) of 1999 would have created a practice act and 
          established an independent Board of Interior Design for the 
          purpose of registering interior designers.  The bill would have 
          repealed the private certification program for interior 
          designers and established a nine-member Board of Interior Design 
          under DCA to register interior designers.  AB 1096 would have 
          shifted the funds, and transferred files and data from the CCIDC 
          to the newly established board.  The measure was vetoed by the 
          Governor stating, "This bill creates a new regulatory program 
          for an industry where there is no demonstrated consumer harm.  
          The creation of a new regulatory program and new state agency at 
          a time when the Legislature is eliminating licensing boards and 
          streamlining regulatory programs is inappropriate."

           Policy considerations  .  This bill establishes a new board under 
          DCA to license and regulate RIDs.  Proponents of this measure 
          contend that under the current system, CIDs are subject to 
          differing restrictions placed on them by the various building 
          departments.  Some local building officials will accept work 
          from CIDs and others do not.  Proponents maintain requiring CIDs 
          to rely on other state-licensed professionals to provide review 
          of their work adds increased costs and delay for consumers and 
          that a state licensure program would alleviate this problem.  

          Similar to the other boards and bureaus under DCA, as drafted, 
          the Board would recognize the public's health, safety and 
          welfare as paramount to its duties.  Despite this laudable 
          intent, it is unclear whether the lack of this regulatory board 
          and licensing program therein would constitute tangible harm to 
          the public.  It is also unclear if local permitting concerns can 
          be resolved without establishing an entirely new regulatory 
          body.

          Further, this bill establishes the membership of the Board to 
          include both licensed and public members but leaves the specific 
          numbers of each blank.  Asking the Committee to vote on a bill 
          containing gaps, which presumably are to be filled in at a later 
          date, is problematic.

           CCIDC  .  CCIDC was established in January 1992 as the 
          organization responsible for administering the requirements of 








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          the CID law.  Only the CCIDC can determine eligibility for CIDs 
          in California. Designers who meet the education, experience and 
          examination criteria of the CCIDC are identified by an 
          individual number which appears on a certificate, a stamp with 
          which to identify interior design nonstructural and non-seismic 
          drawings and documents, and an identification card.

           NCIDQ  .  NCIDQ is an independent, not-for-profit organization 
          that serves to identify to the public those interior designers 
          who have met the minimum standards for professional practice by 
          passing the NCIDQ Examination. 

          Successful completion of the NCIDQ Examination is required for 
          professional registration in 26 states and Canadian provinces 
          that have enacted licensing or certification statutes to protect 
          the health, safety and welfare of the public.  An NCIDQ 
          Certificate also is required for professional membership in the 
          American Society of Interior Designers.
           
          Support  .  The American Society of Interior Designers writes in 
          support, "Current law defines interior design, specifies what 
          services interior designers may provide, and allows for the 
          'certification' of interior designers.  While this certification 
          process works for some interior designers, it is insufficient 
          for others.

          "California is the only state in the nation that allows a 
          private entity (CCIDC) rather than a state regulatory body, to 
          administer the certifying examination for interior designers.  
          This is problematic for a number of reasons.  First, the exam 
          itself (the Interior Design Exam - IDEX) is limited in scope and 
          is not recognized by any other state or by the federal 
          government.  This seriously limits the practice of California 
          interior designers.  It also has the unintended consequence of 
          forcing the federal government to look to out-of-state interior 
          designers to work on federal projects in California.

          "The common perception of interior designers as strictly 
          'decorators' is inaccurate.  Interior designers engage in a wide 
          spectrum of work - from interior decorating to the designing of 
          the interior layout of residential and public, commercial 
          buildings.  Interior designers design the interiors of homes, 
          stores, restaurants, bars, hospitals and schools, for example.  
          Their work often requires a working knowledge of complex local, 
          state, national and international building codes, health and 








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          safety codes and other applicable laws (e.g., the Americans with 
          Disabilities Act).  With the health and safety of the public at 
          risk, interior designers who elect to engage in this broader 
          scope of practice, which is authorized under state law, should 
          be required to demonstrate adequate education and experience as 
          well as survive the scrutiny of a nationally recognized exam 
          (NCIDQ).  Conversely, those who meet all of these requirements 
          should be able to stamp and seal their own non-seismic, 
          non-structural plans and have their seal/stamp recognized by 
          local building departments, as required by the International 
          Building Code.

          "In addition to commercial designers, interior designers also 
          practice in the area of residential interiors.  These 
          professionals create code-impacting plans to a far lesser 
          extent, and are not nearly affected by the drawbacks of CCIDC 
          certification.  For interior designers that fall in this 
          category, AB 2482 leaves the existing certification process in 
          place and allows certified interior designers to continue 
          working as they do currently.  It also retains this path for 
          those who wish to pursue certification instead of licensure.

          "In sum, AB 2482 will benefit the public as well as the interior 
          design profession by providing an additional career path for 
          those who wish to pursue licensure, while retaining the status 
          quo for those for whom certification is adequate."

           Opposition  .  The Community College League (League) writes in 
          opposition, "The League most oppose AB 2482 because of the 
          detrimental impact this legislation would have on community 
          college career and workforce preparation and training programs 
          throughout California, which educate and train students for 
          interior design careers.  Over 30 accredited public community 
          colleges offer interior design and merchandising programs 
          approved by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's 
          Office and have produced thousands of qualified practitioners.

          "Student graduates of these approved programs are employed in a 
          variety of careers within interior design, including but not 
          limited to, large and small design firms (interior, 
          architectural and engineering), product and furniture showrooms, 
          large retail stores, and as manufacturer representatives.  AB 
          2482 will have a devastating impact on the lives and careers of 
          current and future students who attend community colleges.  AB 
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          more 'exclusive' profession limited to those who can afford a 
          bachelor's degree, or an unreasonable number of apprentice 
          hours, that make the profession impractical for Californians who 
          are not well off.

          "In addition, we believe AB 2482 would cause expensive 
          registrations and excessive requirements for interior designers 
          in the state of California.  The work experience and education 
          requirements prescribed by the bill are onerous and at odds with 
          educational programs intended to provide career technical 
          education in a timely manner.  The start-up costs and annual 
          state operating expenses attributed to the requirements for the 
          bill are unwise as the state of California faces unprecedented 
          budget deficits and fiscal challenges."
           
          Previous legislation  .  SB 1312 (Yee) of 2008, creates the 
          Registered Interior Design Committee within the California 
          Architects Board for the registration of "RIDs."  This bill also 
          makes it unlawful for a person to hold him or herself out to the 
          public or solicit business as an RID without holding a 
          certificate of registration, unless the person is exempt, as 
          specified.  This bill was held on the Senate Floor.

          AB 1096 (Romero) of 1999, creates a regulatory Board of Interior 
          Design and establishes a state regulatory program with respect 
          to interior designers.  This bill was vetoed by the Governor.

          SB 435 (McPherson), Chapter 351, Statutes of 1997, extended to 
          January 1, 1999, the statutory definition of CID; thus 
          continuing the voluntary restriction on the use of the title 
          "CID" to individuals who meet specified requirements

          SB 153 (Craven) Chapter 396, Statutes of 1990, established title 
          protection for "CIDs," as specified.

           REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION  :   

           Support 
           
          American Society of Interior Designers
          American Society of Interior Designers, California 
          Central/Nevada
          American Society of Interior Designers, California Los Angeles
          American Society of Interior Designers, California North
          American Society of Interior Designers, California Pasadena








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          American Society of Interior Designers, California Peninsula
          California Fire Chiefs Association
          Casawasy Interior Design
          CDG Interior Design and Architecture
          Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker Architects
          Environmental Contracting Corporation
          Gensler
          Klawiter Interior Planning and Design
          Laura Grigsby Art Consulting
          The Mohawk Group
          Wirt Design Group Inc.
          Wolcott Architecture Interiors
          Several individuals

           Opposition 
           
          Aljabi Interiors
          All About Kitchens and more!
          American Institute of Architects, California Council
          Los Rios Community College District
          American Lighting Association
          Anne Thull Fire Art Designs
          Association of Design Education
          Avant Garde Interiors
          Barone Designs
          Beauty By Design Interiors
          Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges
          Boelter Contract & Design
          Bozena Studio
          Bradco Kitchens + Baths
          Butler Johnson Corporation
          BY Design
          California Architects Board
          California Legislative Coalition for Interior Design
          California Professional association of Specialty Contractors
          Carolyn Rebuffel Designs, LLC
          Carolyn's Creation Design
          Casa Verde Designs
          Casey Banks Design
          Cillesa Inferior Design & Space Planning
          Classic Design Floor to Ceiling
          College of the Canyons
          Community College League of California
          Custom Design
          Danville Interior Design Gallery








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          Daz West Designs
          Decorating Den, Inc.
          Designer Society of America
          Distinctive Interiors
          Dzign IT
          Foodservice Consultants Society International
          Foodservice Equipment Dealers Association
          Full Circle Designs
          Fullerton College and Faculty of the Division of Technology & 
          Engineering
          Feather River College
          G.G. Designs
          Golden State Builders Exchanges
          Home + Atelier Michael Ranson
          Institute for Justice
          Joanne Cannell Designs
          John Hale Painting, Inc.
          Katja Rimmi Interiors
          KP Designs
          Lilley Yee Interiors
          Lin Mar Designs LLC
          Lisa Anne Design
          Living Environment Design
          Lumber Association of California & Nevada
          MAC Design
          Manufacturers' Agents Association of the Foodservice Industry
          Mary Ann Downey Interior Design
          Mendocino College
          Michele Ono Designs
          Miles Treaster & Associates
          Mt. San Antonio College
          NAR Fine Carpentry, Inc.
          National Association of the Remodeling Industry
          National Kitchen & Bath Association
          North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers
          Olip Interiors
          Pamela Green Interiors
          Panattoni Interiors
          Pepperjack Interiors
          R.W. Smith and Co.
          Randal G. Winter Construction, Inc.
          Real Estate Staging Association
          Rochelle Interiors
          Rye Interiors
          San Diego Community College District








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          San Diego Mesa College
          Santa Monica College
          SYI Design, LLC
          Terry Smith Cabinetry and Design
          The Design Studio of Michelle R. Seabrook
          The Finishing Touch Interior Design Group
          West Valley-Mission Community College District
          Yosemite Community College District
          Several individuals
           
          Analysis Prepared by  :    Rebecca May / B.,P. & C.P. / (916) 
          319-3301