As many of you may know, legislation has recently been introduced in Sacramento that can significantly enhance California interior designers’ ability to practice their profession in code-based environments. This bill, AB 2482, is strongly supported by both IIDA and ASID, and creates voluntary pathways to licensure so that interior designers qualified by education, experience and examination can practice to their full abilities.
In short, the bill proposes a new, state-licensed designation of Registered Interior Designer (RID), based on the NCIDQ examination, the very same exam that IIDA uses as a basis for Professional Membership. It benefits the public as well as the interior design profession by providing an additional career path for those who wish to pursue state licensure, while keeping the current certification process (CID) in place for those interior designers whose practice does not include code-impacted projects.
If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you work directly or indirectly in the interior design profession, and the success of this bill depends on voicing our support, and a lot of it, to lawmakers in Sacramento. I’m asking you to please consider sending letters of support THIS WEEK. Letters should be faxed (yes, ancient technology, I know!) and mailed to the Sacramento addresses of the legislators in the B&P Committee who will be hearing AB 2482 on Tuesday, April 17th.
The Interior Design Coalition of California has some great talking points on their website, which clarify much of the misinformation that is being circulated by the opponents of this bill. For more information, go to www.idc-ca.org or www.license2design.org to register your support.
Thank you in advance for stepping up at this important moment in our profession. And – feel free to pass this info along to others who might be willing to add to the letter-writing campaign.