Licensing in Florida
Licensing in Florida requires that the designer attain a degree from a CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) and work experience under the direct supervision of an NCIDQ Certificate holder, Licensed Interior Designer or an Architect who offers interior design services. Then a Florida Interior Design Examination Application package must be submitted to NCIDQ. When accepted designers are able to take the 3-part examination in either April or October of each year.
Interior Designers are educated in the Health, Safety and Welfare of the public. This includes meeting accessibility requirements of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Another aspect is specifying the correct doors, lighting and equipment that meet fire safety and local, state and city building codes. Another consideration is ergonomic and sustainable designs and furnishings to protect human health.
NCIDQ protects public health, safety and welfare by identifying interior designers who have the knowledge and experience to create interior spaces that are not just aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and safe.