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Interior Designer


A Certified Interior Designer (CID) licensed in New York plans, designs, supervises and/or consults on various aspects of interior spaces including:

  • layouts and planning of interior construction
  • furnishings and fixtures
  • cabinetry, lighting and finishes
  • other aspects of interior construction not materially related to the main structural building components or systems

To safeguard people and property, certified interior designers incorporate construction, fire, safety and accessibility codes and data into their design services.

Licensing Requirements

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:

  • be at least 21 years of age
  • meet education and examination requirements
  • meet experience requirements
  • be of good moral character

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 161, Section 8305 of New York Education Law and Section 52.18 and Subpart 79-3 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Education and Experience Requirements

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:

  • At least two but no more than five years of postsecondary education in an approved program of interior design, including an associate degree or its equivalent; and
  • At least two years of interior design work experience satisfactory to the State Board for Interior Design. To be acceptable for licensure your practical experience must:
    • be under the direct supervision of an interior designer, architect, or professional engineer;
    • within the bounds of interior design practice as set forth in section 8303 of the Education Law, demonstrate diverse experience in all aspects of project planning and execution; and
    • reflect increased levels of professional growth.

Examination Requirements

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:

  • Section I -Principles and Practices of Design (Building and Barrier Free Codes is now included in this section)
  • Section II - Contract Development and Administration
  • Section III - Schematics and Design Development

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.

Fees (as of November 2, 2016)

The licensure fee for Certified Interior Design is $377.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2014, there were 12 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 13 licenses issued for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

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
Fax: 518-402-5354

Standard Occupational Classification

27-1025 - Interior Designers
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Additional Information

American Society of Interior Designers
1152 15th St. NW, Suite 910
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 546-3480
Fax: (202) 546-3240

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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