How to Maintain Your Certification

All interior design certificates issued by the Board shall be issued biennially. The expiration date for all licenses is September 30th of the even-numbered year. A certificate holder who seeks renewal of the certificate shall submit a completed renewal application, a statement that the licensee has successfully completed the continuing education requirement pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:27-9.10 and the renewal fee as set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:27-9.17 prior to the expiration date of the license.

A certificate holder shall not be required to obtain continuing education credit hours during the first biennial renewal period in which the certificate holder first obtains certification. “Continuing education credit hour” means one 60-minute clock hour of an educational activity with no less than 50 minutes of instructional content within the hour. For each succeeding biennial renewal period, the certificate holder shall complete a minimum of twelve (1.2) continuing education credit hours. Of the 12 continuing education credit hours, at least six (.6) must concern health, safety and welfare issues related to interior design services.

  • 13:27-9.6 Biennial certification renewal; certificate suspension; reinstatement of suspended certificate; inactive status
    • (a) All certificates issued by the Board shall be issued for a two-year biennial certification period. A certificate holder who seeks renewal of the certificate shall submit a completed renewal application, a statement that the certificate holder has successfully completed the continuing education requirement pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:27-9.10 and the renewal fee as set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:27-9.17 prior to the expiration date of the certificate.
    • (b) The Board shall send a notice of renewal to each certificate holder at the address registered with the Board at least 60 days prior to the expiration of the certificate. If the notice to renew is not sent at least 60 days prior to the expiration date, no monetary penalties or fines shall apply to the certificate holder for failure to renew.
    • (c) If a certificate holder does not renew the certificate prior to its expiration date, the certificate holder may renew the certificate within 30 days of its expiration by submitting a renewal application, a statement that the certificate holder has successfully completed the continuing education requirement pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:27-9.10, a renewal fee and a late fee, as set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:27-9.17. During this 30-day period, the certificate shall be valid, and the certificate holder shall not be deemed to be engaged in unauthorized practice.
    • (d) A certificate that is not renewed within 30 days of its expiration shall be automatically suspended. An individual who holds himself or herself out as a certified interior designer with a suspended certificate shall be in violation of N.J.A.C. 13:27-9.15.

Renewal applications will be sent to NJ certified interior designers prior to the renewal period.  In order to receive a renewal application NJ-CID’s must inform the State of any changes in their employment and/or business including address, phone number, etc.

For more information: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/interior/intfaqs.htm