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State Licensing Regulations

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

Note that all laws are subject to change. While we at ASID make our best effort to provide you with the most up-to-date policies, please refer directly to the appropriate state agency for the most accurate information.

 


ALABAMA

Type of Act: Allows for Sign, Seal and Permitting
Title: "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

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: Professional State Recognition
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

State Board or Agency:
Arkansas Board of Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers
P.O. Box 250220
Little Rock, AR 72225-0220
T: (870) 226-6875

 


CALIFORNIA

Type of Act: Allows for Sign and/or Seal
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

State Regulation:
Business and Professions Code

 


COLORADO

Type of Act: Allows for Sign and/or Seal
Title: None

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

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: None

 


CONNECTICUT

Type of Act: Allows for Sign and/or Seal
Title: "Registered Interior Designer"

Post-HS Education & Experience Required: Follows NCIDQ requirements

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: None

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

 


FLORIDA

Type of Act: Allows for Sign, Seal and Permitting
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: Not less than 20 hours per biennium

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: Allows for Sign and/or Seal
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

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: Professional State Recognition
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

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: Professional State Recognition
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

State Board or Agency:
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
T: (317) 232-2980

 


IOWA

Type of Act: Professional State Recognition
Title: "Registered Interior Designer"

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

Examination Required: NCIDQ

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: Allows for Sign and/or Seal
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 CIDA accredited school and two years of interior design experience.

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: 12 hours per year

State Board or Agency:
Kentucky Board of Architects and Certified Interior Designers
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: Allows for Sign, Seal and Permitting
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

State Board or Agency:
Louisiana State Board of Interior Designers
5222 Summa Court, Suite 358
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
T: (225) 763-5550
F: (225) 763-5551

 


MAINE

Type of Act: Professional State Recognition
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

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
F: (207) 624-8637

 


MARYLAND

Type of Act: Allows for Sign and/or Seal
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

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: Allows for Sign and/or Seal
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

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

 


MISSISSIPPI

Type of Act: Professional State Recognition
Title: "Mississippi Certified Interior Designer"

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

Examination Required: NCIDQ

Continuing Education for Renewal: 8 hours per year

State Board or Agency:
Mississippi State Board of Architecture
2 Professional Parkway #2B
Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157

T: 601-856-4652
F: 601-856-1510
Toll free: 888-272-2627
E: msboa@archbd.state.ms.us

 


MISSOURI

Type of Act: Professional State Recognition
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

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: Allows for Sign, Seal and Permitting
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

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
F: (702) 486-7304
E: nsbaidrd@nsbaidrd.nv.gov

 


NEW JERSEY

Type of Act: Allows for Sign and/or Seal
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

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: Professional State Recognition
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

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: Allows for Sign and/or Seal
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

State Board or Agency:
New York State Education DepartmentBoard of Interior Design
Office of the Professions
State Board for Interior Design
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000
T: (518) 474-3817 x140
F: (518) 473-6282
E: indsgnbd@mail.nysed.gov

 


OKLAHOMA

Type of Act: Professional State Recognition
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

State Board or Agency:
Oklahoma Board of 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: Allows for Sign, Seal and Permitting
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

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
F: (787) 722-4818

 


TENNESSEE

Type of Act: Professional State Recognition
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

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

 


TEXAS

Type of Act: Allows for Sign and/or Seal
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

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

 


VIRGINIA

Type of Act: Allows for Sign and/or Seal
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

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: Allows for Sign, Seal and Permitting
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: 10 hours per biennium

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

 


WISCONSIN

Type of Act: Professional State Recognition
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

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