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Interior Designer


A Certified Interior Designer (CID) licensed in New York plans, designs, supervises and/or consults on various aspects of interior spaces including:

  • layouts and planning of interior construction
  • furnishings and fixtures
  • cabinetry, lighting and finishes
  • other aspects of interior construction not materially related to the main structural building components or systems

To safeguard people and property, certified interior designers incorporate construction, fire, safety and accessibility codes and data into their design services.

Licensing Requirements

A licensed New York CID has earned at least 7 years of education/experience credit and has passed a 12.5 hour national licensing examination. With the exception of those who applied for licensure prior to January 1, 1996, certified interior designers have at least a two year associate's degree from an interior design program registered by the State Education Department (or its equivalent) and have earned qualifying experience as interior designers.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 161, Section 8305 of New York Education Law and Section 52.18 and Subpart 79-3 of the Commissioner's Regulations.


The licensure fee for Certified Interior Design is $377.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2018, there were 24 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 11 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2020 there are 266 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Education Building, 2nd Floor
Office of the Professions
State Board for Interior Design
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then Ext. 140
Fax: 518-473-6282

Standard Occupational Classification

27-1025 - Interior Designers
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Additional Information

American Society of Interior Designers
1152 15th St. NW, Suite 910
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 546-3480
Fax: (202) 546-3240

National Council for Interior Design Qualification
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 210
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (202) 721-0220
Fax: (202) 721-0221


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/21/20.

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