The current law is a Title Act. This is a voluntary certification that gives interior designers who meet state requirements the right to call themselves a “Certified Interior Designer”. It does not allow for permitting privileges. Being certified with the state distinguishes your skill set from others as a professional who is educated on designing code compliant spaces. The term “Interior Designer” in New York is not regulated, meaning anyone can call themselves an interior designer, but not a “Certified Interior Designer.”
8301 Use of the title “Certified Interior Designer”.
Only a person certified pursuant to this article may use the title “certified interior designer”. Authorization contained within this article to use the title “certified interior designer” shall not be construed to permit the practice of engineering, as described in article one hundred forty-five of this title, or the practice of architecture, as described in article one hundred forty-seven of this title, by persons not otherwise authorized to engage in such practices.
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