Interior Design Protection Consulting

October 14, 2013

Update on California CID Program



On September 9th, SB 308 was signed into law by Governor Brown (D).  The bill will extend California’s private certification program for four more years.

As you may recall, California is the only state certification program that IDPC supports because:

  1. It has a private board, not a state board;
  2. It is self-sufficient and receives no state/taxpayer funding;
  3. It is inclusive and allows anyone who wants to become certified to take the IDEX (which tests CA state codes) as a qualifier
  4. It does not impose the NCIDQ upon the design community as a qualifier

During the sunset process, ASID via their funded coalition, IDCC, tried to get the NCIDQ placed into the California CID program.  I worked very hard on behalf of IDPC’s clients to make sure that the NCIDQ STAYED OUT!  I spent quite a bit of time throughout the year traveling around California lobbying legislators, testifying at hearings, meeting with the Committee consultant, and educating the design community as to why it would be inexpedient to include the NCIDQ in the program and create a new, unfair, and unmerited level of design over the current CID’s and non-CID’s.

I am happy to report that with the help of the NKBA, IDPC was successful in our efforts and the NCIDQ continues to be kept out of California certification.

IDPC and NKBA also worked (and were successful) in removing ASID/IDCC’s proposed change to Section 5805(b) to the Business and Professions Code because it would have created confusion as to the right of non-Certified Interior Designers to submit plans to local building departments.

The bill also requires that CID’s use written contracts – none of the stakeholder groups objected to that insertion; the bill also requires that CCIDC conduct their board meetings in conjunction with the Bagley-Keen Act (transparency) which they’ve been doing all along so this just made it “official.”

We know that ASID does not like the current certification program in California because CCIDC will not accept the anti-competitive and irrelevant NCIDQ; we defeated ASID/IDCC’s latest of several efforts to impose full-blown occupational licensing in 2012 and we’re sure they will try again in the future.

And we’ll be right there to beat them back again, and protect the rights of the design community.

March 12, 2012

IDPC Joins Forces with CLCID to Stop CA Practice Act

IDCC (Interior Design Coalition of California) has once again introduced the most anti-competitive practice act legislation that we’ve seen in a while.  The 21-page AB 2482 bill will negatively impact nearly everyone in the design community who is not NCIDQ-certified – an exam that has been rejected by California and replaced by the California-specific IDEX, a more comprehensive and inclusive exam.

AB 2482 is sponsored by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and is currently before the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee, and will be scheduled for hearing soon.  Please note that Assemblywoman Ma sits on that Committee and will endeavor to shepherd it through.

IDPC maintains a strong partnership with CLCID (California Legislative Coalition for Interior Design) and we will be working with them, hand-in-hand as our grassroots boot-on-the-ground affiliate to STOP AB 2482 from being enacted.

I urge you to participate in this process!  Your right to earn an honest living will depend on your actions.  Take a few minutes to visit the CLCID website and become a member or benefactor.  Fighting legislation is a costly process; everyone will benefit from the defeat of AB 2482, so if everyone supports CLCID, the individual burden will be light.  Sound good?

I will be providing CLCID with ongoing bill analysis, detailed talking points, sample letters to legislators, and other important data, and they will in turn be providing that information to the California design community. I will also be coordinating with CLCID on any future lobby days, town hall meetings, and testifying at hearings.

With this team effort that includes the NKBA and other allied organizations, we will erect a strong roadblock, defeat this practice act and protect design freedom.

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