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E-news Oct-2010

IDLCPA NEWSFLASH
Issued: October 2010

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WHY SHOULD ALLIED MEMBERS SUPPORT LICENSING? by Lauren Berger, ASID

As an Allied member only 1½ years ago, I was relentlessly targeted by anti‐licensing groups from all over the country attempting to convince me that licensing legislation will destroy my profession. I was told that elitists are forcing arbitrary qualifications on Allied members that would limit an interior designer’s ability to be competitive and could even put others out of business. Statements like this have forced me to evaluate my position on licensing legislation and to research the issues surrounding industry regulation. So what have I learned? Licensure is a must.
  • If our scope of services is regulated by the IBC, then it affects the health and safety of consumers. Thus, our clients deserve a minimum level of competence from the interior designers whose services they are purchasing. For more information on how we affect the health and safety of our clients follow this link: http://www.idlcpa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=21&Itemid=28
  • How do we ensure competence? Licensure provides a standard for minimum qualification (education, experience, and exam).
  • For those whose scope of services is not regulated by code and does not affect the health, safety, and welfare of consumers, licensure should be optional. If HB1521 passes, anyone may still call themselves an interior design and practice interior design. Only the practice of registered interior design will be regulated and becoming a registered interior designer will be optional.
Licensure affects the credibility of our profession.
  • The credibility of our profession must not be damaged by unqualified individuals making decisions that negatively impact the health and safety of consumers.
Licensure encourages competition.
  • If we meet the minimum qualifications set by industry regulation, we are better equipped to be competitive in our field.
  • We can collaborate more effectively with architects, engineers, and consultants.
  • We can offer our clients the full scope of services for which we are trained.
  • Interior designers will not be put out of business!
Licensure improves profitability.
  • Currently, we are not allowed to practice a full scope of services. The way the laws are written, we could even be brought up on charges of practicing architecture! As licensed, registered design professionals, we would be able to submit interior construction drawings for permitting. Right now, interior designers must pay an architect to stamp these drawings even though they don’t affect the architecture of the space!
Licensure ensures the future of our profession.
  • Interior design students in Pennsylvania overwhelmingly support licensure. If our state does not pass licensing legislation, many of these students will relocate to other states where they can practice a full scope of services. We must not lose the future of our profession in PA!
  • Licensure will play a crucial part in the future of our individual careers and our profession as a whole. I strongly encourage Allied members in Pennsylvania to contact the Interior Design Legislative Coalition of Pennsylvania (www.idlcpa.org) with questions and concerns. Don’t fall prey to misinformation – go straight to the source to find out what licensure will do for you!

PA HB1521 UPDATE

The hearing in Harrisburg was on June 24th and we need to keep IDLCPA and our bill fresh in the legislator’s memories! We need our members to all contact their legislators requesting a vote on our bill. We need numbers of people to get our message across and are requesting your help. Once you have contacted your legislator, please follow up with an IDLCPA board member, call, write or send us e-mail! We can be reached via our website www.idlcpa.org. You can also find other helpful links and resources on our site.

Find YOUR Legislator! http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/find.cfm

ASID STEP WORKSHOP By Natalie M. Buches, Allied ASID, LEED AP ID+C

I recently went through a (needless to say) grueling weekend of NCIDQ exam preparation at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. ASID national puts together a weekend workshop that I like to call NCIDQ Boot Camp. After a long week of work I ventured to downtown Pittsburgh to spend the evening learning about the exam and what I needed to know to pass. We received a booklet of information and a mock “practicum” which we reviewed Friday night. Saturday we actually took the exam. It was INTENSE!! The space planning exercise was just a warm up leading into a lighting, egress, life safety, ADA compliant restroom, even CASEWORK detailing. Sunday we reviewed what we came up with and then talked about multiple choice.

My opinion is that it was totally worth the $300. You will definitely need a day off of work to recover. And you will walk away a little overwhelmed but truly a “STEP” closer to passing your NCIDQ exam.

PURE SUMMER FUN

Pittsburgh put together our 1st Annual Summer Pure Party. The weather was amazing, the margaritas were delicious, and the buzz of the hearing was as fresh as the Jimmy Buffet inspired outfits. A limbo contest, silent auction, food, friends, and fun raised money for IDLCPA/PAC fund!

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HOUSE PROFESSIONAL
LICENSURE
 Phone  Address  Email  Fax  Support Attended
Hearing
 Majority Chairman: Michael McGeehan  717-772-4029  7731 Frankford Ave Philadelphia, PA 19136  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-787-4923    Yes
 Majority Vice Chairman: Harry Readshaw  717-783-0411  1917 Brownsville Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15210  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-705-2007  Co-Sign  Yes
 Majority Secretary: Cherelle Parker  717-783-2178  1536 E. Wadsworth Ave Philadelphia, PA 19150  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-783-7548    Yes
 James Casorio  717-783-3483  8981 Norwin Ave 8981 Norwin Ave Building #1, Suite 204 North Huntingdon, PA 15642  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-772-9910  Co-Sign  No
 Marc Gergely  717-783-1018  1540 Lincoln Way White Oak, PA 15131  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-780-4779  Former Prime Sponsor  No
 Jaret Gibbons  717-705-2060  309 Fifth St. Ellwood City PA 16117 City PA 16117  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717 780 4766    Yes
 Neal Goodman  717-787-2798  39 West Centre St PO Box 66 Mahanoy City, PA 17948  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-722-9948    Yes
 Nick Kotik  717-783-3780  1350 5th Ave. Coraopolis, PA 15108  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-780-4773  Co-Sign  Yes
 Deberah Kula  717-772-1858  1251 University Dr. Dunbar, PA 15431  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-780-4784    Yes
 Tony Payton, Jr.  717-787-1354  4509 Frankford Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19124  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-780-4789  Co-Sign  Yes
 Joseph Petrarca  717-787-5142  239 Longfellow St. Vandergrift PA 15690  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-705-2014    No
 John Sabatina  717-772-4032  8100 Castor Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19152  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-783-1579    Yes
 Timothy Solobay  717-787-1188  Canonsburg Borough Bldg Room 205 Canonsburg, PA 15317  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-705-1887  Prime Sponsor  Yes
 James Wansacz  717-787-6194  319 South Main St. Old Forge, PA 18518  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-705-1886  Favors  No
 Ronald Waters  717-772-9850  6027 Ludlow St. Unit A Philadelphia, PA 19139  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-783-1516  Co-Sign  Yes
 Minority Chairman: Julie Harhart Julie Harhart  717-772-5398  2030 Center St. Northampton, PA 18067  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-783-7667    Yes
 Minority Vice Chairman: Richard R. Stevenson  717-783-6438  234 West Pine St. Grove City, PA 16127  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-705-1949    Yes
 Minority Secretary: Mario Scavello  717-787-7732  31 Pocono Boulevard Mount Pocono, PA 18344  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-260-6203    Yes
 Jim Christiana  717-260-6144  3468 Brodhead Rd. Suite 9 Monaca, PA 15061  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-260-6506  Favors  Yes
 Keith Gillespie  717-705-7167  4188 Lincoln Highway York, PA 17406  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-772-9869    
 Susan C. Helm  717-787-1230  2090 Linglestown Rd. Suite 100 Harrisburg, PA 17110  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-787-7375    Yes
 David S. Hickernell  717-783-2076  222 S. Market St. Suite 103 Elizabethtown, PA 17022  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-787-9175    Yes
 John A. Maher  717-783-1522  2547 Washington Rd. 711 Summerfield Commons Upper St. Clair, PA 15241  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-783-8332  Favors  Yes
 T. Mark Mustio  717-787-6651  1009 Beaver Grade Rd S it 220 M Rd. Suite 220 Moon Township PA 15108  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-783-3899  Co-sign  Yes
 Marquerite Quinn  717-772-1413   1032 North Easton Rd. Doylestown PA 18902  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-783-3793  Does not seem to favor  Yes
 Douglas G. Reichley  717-787-1000  1245 Chestnut St. Unit #5 Emmaus, PA 18049  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  717-705-7012    Yes

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