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Advocacy Update and HB504

FAQ of Bill:

How is this bill different than ones submitted in the past?:

The most important difference between this bill and previous Ohio interior design bills is that this is a voluntary certification or a permissive certification for commercial interior designers. No one is mandated to become registered with the state and everyone can continue to practice as they always have. It does create more opportunities for those who wish to become state certified.  

Am I required to take NCIDQ to practice Interior Design?:

Since this is a voluntary registration, no one in Ohio is mandated to take the NCIDQ to practice interior design. However, IIDA strongly encourages members to take the NCIDQ exam.  

If I'm NCIDQ certified, am I required to submit for a certification to practice Interior Design?:

No one is required to become certified.  

Is this different than an Architect's license?:

The practice of architecture is a distinct profession from interior design. Under this bill, a certified interior designer would be able to submit drawings and documents for building permits, if the scope of the project fits under the definition of interior design. If the scope includes altering or creating a building’s structure, an architect will still be needed. A certified interior designer cannot submit any documents for structural construction or editing.  

How does this benefit the profession?:

This bill would allow qualified commercial interior designers to practice in the interior environment independent of another design professional, as long as the project does not affect the structural systems. Additionally, it would elevate the profession of interior design to the same level as peer professions. Furthermore, it allows interior designers to practice to the fullest extent of their education and training.  

Is there reciprocity of registration / certification from other states ( if they move here from a state they are already registered in, would they have go through the process of getting registered here, too?):

The qualifications required under this bill are equivalent to the qualifications in the over two dozen states  

Who is our Opposition? Why are they opposing? Also possible opposition from Interior Designers?:

In other states, we have seen opponents question the quality of education and training of interior designers. Other arguments are that interior designers are attempting to pull business away from architects. Additionally, some libertarian are opposed to any type of regulation of professions, which is why this is a voluntary certification.  


IIDA believes in upholding the highest standards for interior design certification. As such, there is no grandfather clause.  

Is our bill considered a "Title Act"?:

“Title Act” and “Practice Act” are outdated terminology and as such do not adequately describe this bill, as it falls somewhere in the middle of the two. We want to expand the opportunities to qualified interior designers, but do not want to exclude anyone from entering the profession.


How Can I Help?

Step 1: Sign our Petition!

We need your help! Take a few minutes to sign this petition to show your support for interior design and sign up to receive Ohio advocacy updates!

Step 2: Find your Legislator and Reach Out!

Find your legislator here by entering your home and/or work zip code!

Introduce yourself! Talk with them about the profession and how we are different than decorators. Let them know we protect the public by following regulations and extensive building codes including ADA, fire-life safety, egress, etc. Passed NCIDQ or currently taking the test, inform them how grueling the test is and how it qualifies the work of an interior designer. And finally talk about our bill, HB504!



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