IIDA New England advocates for the legal recognition, support and protection of the Interior Design profession.
Interior Design legislation helps establish and maintain professional standards that protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public. IIDA firmly believes that legal recognition, achieved through licensing, registration, and certification brings uniformity to the profession, defines responsibility, and encourages excellence in the Interior Design industry.
Currently, Interior Designers who are trained and qualified to work in a code-impacted environment are restricted from practicing to their fullest abilities. As the only major, unlicensed participants in the construction industry, these Interior Designers lack the ability to independently stamp and submit their work for building permits as required by the building code.Why License Interior Design?
…to provide accountability for consumers
…to enable Interior Designers to act as primary contractors on jobs and eliminate the need to pay architects or engineers to redraw, stamp and sign their work.
…to encourage economic development by allowing a greater number of businesses to compete for commercial design work.
How does legal recognition protect the public?
It will safeguard the public by creating accountability. Consumers will know they’re working with qualified, responsible professionals utilizing the latest information regarding health, safety, and welfare and who have met specific, nationally accepted standards of minimum competency, including education (university and continuing education), experience and examination (NCIDQ)It will safeguard the public by creating accountability. Consumers will know they’re working with qualified, responsible professionals utilizing the latest information regarding health, safety, and welfare and who have met specific, nationally accepted standards of minimum competency, including education (university and continuing education), experience and examination (NCIDQ).
Would regulation within the profession put non-registered designers out of business?
No. Registration would be optional for those who wish to work on qualified projects. For those who want to continue practicing within the guidelines of the current legislation there would be no change.
Would legal recognition of Interior Design create unnecessary regulation?
No. The registration of Interior Designers does not create any new regulation. It would allow qualified professionals to increase their scope of practice and work within an already heavily regulated industry.
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NEW NCIDQ PRACTICUM EXAM FORMAT: COMING THIS OCTOBER 2017
In just a few days, on April 1st, the last paper-and-pencil NCIDQ exam is being administered. This Fall, the exam will transition to ‘PRAC 2.0’ and will mark the first time the Practicum portion of the exam series will be administered on a computer. This change comes as a result of a study CIDQ (Council for Interior Design Qualification) produces every 5-years that analyzes the practice of interior design. Their latest research shows that technology has become integral to the daily roles and responsibilities of interior designers. CIDQ’s decision to transition to computer aided drafting for the Practicum Exam comes as a means to reflect this current work environment.
PRAC 2.0 will now be given at Prometric testing centers, just as the IDFX and IDPX are currently administered. The exam will utilize the same software as the Architectural Registration exam (ARE) version 5.0. ¹
HOW HAS THE FORMAT CHANGED?
The new format focuses on solving three case studies. The case studies will represent three project types: Large Commercial (12,500 SF), Small Commercial (2,400 SF), and Residential (2,500 SF). Each case study will count for a third of the exam score. Questions will be given by using one of four types: Hot Spot, Drag and Place, Fill in the Blank and Multiple Choice. The case studies will include review of plans, programs, codes, specifications and schedules. ¹ All questions are worth one point and must be answered entirely correctly, as no partial credit is given. ²
The exam will now last 4 hours, rather than the 8 hour session previously administered. The exam is still designed to test the same level of competency, knowledge and skills tested in the current Practicum.
The exam will be offered for the entire month of October. Previously, the exam has been offered only two days a year. These changes will benefit the interior design community and growth of the profession. “This final piece of examination computerization will begin to allow for opportunities to administer the NCIDQ Examination globally.” ³
WHATS THE VALUE OF HAVING THE NCIDQ CERTIFICATION?
The NCIDQ exam certification allows interior designers to prove their expertise and understanding in current codes and protection in health, safety and welfare. In order to achieve NCIDQ certification, the candidates must pass all three sections of the rigorous NCIDQ exam: the practicum, IDFX and IDPX. “The strenuous requirements of the NCIDQ Examination give clients and employers added confidence in the caliber of work from NCIDQ Certified designers.” ²
There are currently over 30,000 NCIDQ certified interior designers.
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