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PA HOUSE BILL 807 (Session 2007-2008) PA HOUSE BILL 1521 (session 2009-2010) PROPOSED 2011 BILL (session 2011‐2012)
1 Regulated the term "Interior Designer", " Registered Interior Designer" and "Registered Design Professional". Regulates the term "Registered Interior Designer" and "Licensed Interior Designer". Interior Designer is not regulated and remains in the public domain. Regulates the term "Registered Interior Designer" and "Licensed Interior Designer". Interior Designer is not regulated and remains in the public domain.
2 Regulated "Interior Design Services" by defining services provided by interior designers. Only regulates services that are defined as  "Regulated Interior Design Services." These are interior design services that are already regulated by abiding building codes and laws in Pennsylvania. Does not regulate any interior design services currently practiced. The act only provides an ability for "Registered or Licensed" interior designers to expand their services providing "code-regulated" interior design services for profit code-regulated interior design services are those services of interior design that are currently regulated under applicable
building codes and can only be performed by registered architects.)
3 No signing and sealing of drawings. Provides for the signing and sealing of drawings by those licensed under the Act. Provides for the signing and sealing of interior design drawings by those licensed under the Act.
4 Defined "Decorating Services" as a separate entity different from "Interior Design Services." Does not define "Decorating Services" and provides a clear definition of "Non-regulated Interior Design Services," meaning services that are not currently regulated under abiding PA building codes. Does not define or regulate any services of "interior design" or related professions. Act is limited to providing for and defining "code-regulated" interior design services that may be performed by those Registered.
5 Outlines the formation of the PA State Board of Interior Designers Outlines the formation of the PA State Board of Interior Designers Outlines the formation of the PA State Board of Registered Interior Designers
EDUCATION
1 Minimum 4 year "accredited" degree to be eligible.
(CIDA accredited)
Must hold a baccalaureate or higher degree from a
Regulatory Board-approved program with two  years diversified experience or completion of IDEP.
Must hold a degree from a State Board-approved program with two years diversified experience or completion of IDEP.
GRANDFATHERING
1 Grandfathering expired on December 31, 2011; three (3) years after potential bill passage. Grandfathering expires on December 31, 2016; six (6) years after potential bill passage. Grandfathering expires six (6) years after potential bill passage.
2 Applicant who passes only NCIDQ section 1 and 2 of exam and who has more than 10 years working experience and completes 15 hours of CEU's would be eligible to be grandfathered. Applicant who passes Board required sections of the
NCIDQ (or board approved equal), who has 5 years of working experience and completes 10 hours of CEU's would be eligible to be grandfathered.
Applicant who either passes the NCIDQ or  Board-approved examination, or has 15 years practicing code-regulated interior design (legally under the supervision of a licensed professional).
3 Applicant who has more than 20 years experience and has completed 20 hours of CEU's would be grandfathered. (no exam requirement) Applicant who is 50 years of age by application deadline (12/31/2016) with 15 years of experience must complete 10 hours of CEU's to be licensed. (no exam requirement) No age requirement has been applied to grandfathering.
EXEMPTIONS - All exemptions noted must adhere to current architectural laws and statues as adopted under the Commonwealth
1 Exemption for retail sales and consultation in a retail location. Exemption for retail sales and consultations in a retail location and in the home. EVERYONE is exempt as the act is optional. The Act is only a requirement for those who wish to practice "code-regulated" interior design that currently can only be performed by a registered architect.
2 Exemption for residential decorating. Exemption for "Non-regulated Interior Design Services." See above.
3 Exemption for shop drawings or construction management for those ordinarily involved in construction work. Exemption for shop drawings or construction management for those ordinarily involved in construction work. See above.
4 No specific exemption for commercial furniture dealers. Exemption for commercial furniture dealers doing layouts and specifications for furniture sales. See above.
5 No specific exemption for individual K&B retailers. Exemption for an individual or business working as a Kitchen and Bath retailer. Please note some K&B services may still be restricted under architectural law. See above.

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