How Certification Impacts the Consumer of Interior Design Services

The State of New Jersey approved the Interior Design Certification Act, which is a Title Act for Interior Designers in October 2002.  The legislation regulates the "title" of "Certified Interior Designer" in the State of New Jersey. (see below)
http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/proposal/intdespro919.htm

What is the value of hiring a New Jersey Certified Interior Designer

  • Certified Interior Designers have stepped forward to have their credentials verified by the State of New Jersey.
  • Legal recognition establishes certain levels of competency, a code of ethics, is enforceable by law and establishes who is qualified to provide diversified interior design services, as defined by the Certification Act.
  • Certification in New Jersey does not prevent anyone from the practice of interior design.  However, in this rapidly evolving world with its complex technology and health, safety and welfare concerns, NJCIDL encourages certification and continuing education for all practicing interior designers in order to identify their credentials to their clients and to elevate the profession of interior design.
  • Certified interior designers in New Jersey are considered valued members of the building team and their work complements the work of registered architects, engineers and landscape architects on a building project.

What is a NJ-CID

  • A New Jersey Certified Interior Designer, (NJ-CID #000), signifies an individual who has met the state’s requirements for interior design Experience, Education and Examination, and holds a  valid certificate issued by the New Jersey Interior Design Examination and Evaluation Committee, under the state division of consumer affairs.
  • The interior design profession has in place independent, nationally recognized regulating bodies for accrediting educational programs (CIDA), verifying diverse design experience, administrating the professional examination (NCIDQ) and qualifying continuing education credits (IDCEC) that are required for New Jersey Certified Interior Designers.

How do you know if your interior designer is certified in New Jersey

  • New Jersey Certified Interior Designers are required to identify their name and certificate number they received from the state on their business communications, including but not limited to business cards, stationary, proposals, invoices, advertising and drawings. Such as: “Jane Doe, NJ-CID # 00000” or “Jane Doe, New Jersey Certified Interior Designer 00000”
  • According to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, a New Jersey Certified Interior Design must adhere to the following:
    • 13:27-9.8 Display of certificate; signature; title block
      • (a) A certified interior designer shall prominently display:
        • 1. The original certificate or a duplicate certificate issued by the Board showing the current biennial certification period at each place of business or employment; and
        • 2. The certified interior designer's certification number on all advertisements distributed within this State in a manner consistent with N.J.A.C. 13:27-9.14(n).
      • (b) All interior design documents prepared by the certified interior designer shall be signed on the original with the personal signature of the certified interior designer.
      • (c) A certified interior designer shall provide the following information in a title block, which shall be placed on all interior design documents prepared by the certified interior designer and shall appear legible and clearly reproducible:
        • 1. The full name of the certified interior designer as it appears on the certificate issued by the Board;
        • 2. The signature of the certified interior designer;
        • 3. The certificate number and title: New Jersey Certified Interior Designer, and
        • 4. The date when signed.
      • (d) Other information may appear with or within the title block provided that the name of the certified interior designer is readily discernible from the other information on the document.

What is a “Title” act

  • A title act is an act that identifies those who are qualified to use the title, in this case: New Jersey Certified Interior Designer (NJCID).  It does not prevent anyone from the practice of interior design, interior decorating, interior consulting, or any other design services in the State of New Jersey.

What is the legal definition of interior design services in New Jersey

  • “’Interior design services’ means the rendering or offering to render services, for a fee or other valuable consideration, in preparation and administration of interior design documents, including, but not limited to, drawings, schedules and specifications which pertain to the design intent and planning of interior spaces, including furnishings, layouts, non-load bearing partitions, fixtures, cabinetry, lighting location and type, outlet location and type, switch location and type, finishes, materials and interior construction not materially related to or materially affecting the building systems, in accordance with applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards.”
    (N.J.A.C.13: 27-9.2 Definitions)