A Certified Interior Designer (CID) licensed in New York plans, designs, supervises and/or consults on various aspects of interior spaces including:
To safeguard people and property, certified interior designers incorporate construction, fire, safety and accessibility codes and data into their design services.
Any use of the title "Certified Interior Designer," within New York State requires licensure.
To be licensed as a certified interior designer in New York State you must:
Eligibility for licensure is based on a combination of education and experience for which years of credit are awarded. The credit awarded for education determines the required number of years of experience.
You must accrue at least seven years of acceptable education and experience credits, including the following:
You are required to pass all three sections of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Examination which is administered twice yearly in April and October. The examination consists of the following three sections:
If you have taken the NCIDQ examination prior to October 2000, and were not successful in passing all sections of the examination, then you must take all three sections of the new examination.
If you have passed the NCIDQ examination prior to 1990, you must have also taken and passed the Building & Barrier Free Codes section of the examination prior to October 2000 or taken and passed Section I of the examination between October 2000 and January 2004.
Contact the Council for Interior Design Qualification for eligibility requirements, fees, and other examination information at:
You must request CIDQ to send verification of your passing examination(s) to the New York State Education Department.
The licensure fee for Certified Interior Design is $377.
In 2014, there were 12 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 13 licenses issued for this occupation.
New York State Education Department
Education Building, 2nd Floor
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Interior Design Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 250
27-1025 - Interior Designers
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National Council for Interior Design Qualification
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 210
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (202) 721-0220
Fax: (202) 721-0221
Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.
This page was last updated on 11/23/16.
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