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Truth from Fiction
GETTING PAST COMMON MISPERCEPTIONS ABOUT LEGISLATION/ SINCE PUERTO RICO ﬁrst passed legislation to license interior designers in the late 1970s,
many “myths” have developed about the purpose of interior design legislation. ASID believes that laws, regulations and legislation that allow designers to expand their practice opportunities by demonstrating advanced education and code knowledge should be supported. Designers who become registered, certiﬁed or licensed do not limit others from practicing but open new areas to the entire profession. This legal process is no different than state regulations for architects, engineers, accountants or the hundreds of other professions that are subject to professional licensure regulation. Below are some of the myths that have developed about interior design legislation, along with the facts.
Interior design legislation puts nonregistered interior designers out of business.
Interior design laws supported by ASID do not put anyone out of business and designers may continue to perform current services regardless of any legislation. ASID-supported interior design laws allow designers to expand into areas where they were previously barred, such as stamping, signing and permitting. Interior design is an evolving profession that includes many technical aspects in a number of practice areas. In particular, individuals working in regulated spaces such as office, hospitality, healthcare, education and retail must account for compliance with building and energy codes, indoor air quality issues and the Americans with Disabilities Act. States set the criteria for licensure of interior designers and other professions. Any individual who meets the requirements set forth by the state may become licensed. No national association has the authority to restrict or limit licensure nor do they have authority to issue credentials. Most professions require testing and licensing. Some in similar professions, for example landscape design, become certiﬁed in order to expand their practice opportunities. Testing and licensing simply allows any designer to expand the range of services they offer by affirming their speciﬁc knowledge, skills and abilities. i
Interior design is a purely aesthetic talent that deals with colors, fabrics, ﬁnishes and furniture. There are no technical aspects of interior design.
Contact the ASID Government & Public Affairs Team ASID has a full-time staff of experienced professionals working to protect interior designers’ rights in the government and public affairs arena. If you have any questions or would like to become involved in interior design legislative efforts, please contact the ASID Government and Public Affairs team at (202) 546-3480 or email@example.com. Don Davis, director – firstname.lastname@example.org Caitlin Lewis, government affairs manager – email@example.com Visit us at www.asid.org/legislation. Interior design registration, certiﬁcation or licensure is merely an attempt by national associations to create monopolies for their members.
Other professions don’t have “special” laws, licensing procedures or requirements.
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