Should interior designers be licensed?

3 October, 2021 Joan Haslett 6

Answers (6):

    11 October, 2021

    Yes, interior designers should be licensed. Interior design is not a term that's usually applicable to practical home improvements like installing sinks or screwing down drywall. It also has nothing to do with measurements or the actual construction of the building it will occupy. It is an art form that transforms spaces into living, workable environments using many different types of knowledge and experience in the areas of ergonomics, psychology, sociology, color theory and philosophy. The term "interior design" has been around for decades but what people are really talking about when they say this profession is home decorating-typically involving things like wall paper or paint colors.

    11 October, 2021

    The professional interior design field is an unregulated one, making it difficult to place the necessary responsibility on licensed professionals for all of their work. This can lead to sub-par or even downright unsafe practices that are often covered up by encouraging clients to buy more items or services than what they need. I am not sure why every person who carries out any sort of construction should expect some kind of license, let alone those who work with redesigning our living spaces. Many people believe that this is an antiquated way of thinking because there are so many other tools and projects that can be free or extremely cheap without anyone holding your hand--it's just you vs the internet!

    11 October, 2021

    Interior Designers are not all licensed professionals in this field, but many countries do have certification programs. For example, the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) is a US-based national program that offers prerequisites for becoming a Professional Interior Designer through coursework in architecture and design principles, professional portfolio development, citizenship. The interior design certification I went through in college included an internship where I had to go out into the field and work with designers "in practice." Whether or not to certify interior designers generally depends on factors like cost of compliance vs. costs of harm caused by unqualified designers.

    11 October, 2021

    This depends on the jurisdiction. For example, in Australia interior designers are not required to be licensed or registered by any body except for WorkCover Queensland until they have been in full-time practice for five years, and then it is compulsory. In Canada there is no license required but regulated by the Canadian Green Building Council who offers a voluntary certification program. In Finland Interior-Designers are certified and must be insured As of 2005 there were about 1000 qualified interior designers in Finland, of which only a couple had taken the exam 1985-2000. This number has shrunk from over 2000 before 2000 because many planners consider themselves eligible to provide design services without formal education on an ad hoc basis.

    11 October, 2021

    Licensing requirements vary depending on the laws in each individual state. Many states require interior designers complete 8,000 hours of coursework in an accredited college or university before they can be licensed to practice. Obtaining licensure is often very challenging and may require many years of study and experience before one could be ready for a licensing exam. In general, it takes years of intensive training to reach the level at which someone would be qualified to pass a national examination, even with assistance from teachers who have been certified at the same level. The exams are created with rigorous methodology that embraces contemporary design workflows.

    11 October, 2021

    Good question! Firstly, let's start by defining what an Interior Designer is. An interior designer is someone who manages and coordinates the transition of a raw space to a finished, livable room. They do this by taking into account aesthetic requirements such as furniture, color schemes and lighting; but also structural requirements such as building codes and fire safety regulations. The interior designer needs to be well versed in all aspects of residential or commercial design; from selecting appropriate materials for construction (such as walls, carpets and appliances) to choosing the type of outlet cover plates best suited for their design palate. Whew! I'm glad we got that cleared up.. so should designers be licensed?