Do you want to become an interior designer in the state of Connecticut? Or are you an interior designer and want to ensure that you comply with Connecticut’s rules and regulations? You can learn more about being an interior designer in Connecticut on this page.
Registered Interior Designers
One of the most important things to note if you are interested in working as an interior designer in Connecticut is that there is no interior design license in Connecticut. This means that you do not need to go through a licensing process with the state. However, if you want to advertise yourself as a registered interior designer in Connecticut, you need to register with the Department of Consumer Protection. You also need to renew your registration each year.
Connecticut defines a registered interior designer as a person who has the experience and education to:
- Solve interior design problems.
- Perform interior design-related services such as design analysis, programming, space planning, etc.
- Have specialized knowledge of construction.
- Prepare plans related to non-load-bearing construction for the interior of buildings and homes.
The only situations in which a person can market themselves as a registered interior designer in Connecticut is if they are registered with the Department of Consumer Protection or if they have an architecture licensing in the state of Connecticut.
Registering in Connecticut
You can apply for a position as a registered interior design by filling out this form. You will also have to pay a $190.00 application fee.
In order to apply, you need to fulfill at least one of the following requirements:
- You must be a Connecticut architect.
- You must pass the Uniform National Examination with the National Council for Interior Designer Qualification (NCIDQ). If you do not pass this examination, you need to pass a comparable examination.
- You must be registered or licensed as an interior designer in another state.
If you are accepted as a registered interior designer, remember that you need to renew your registration at the end of each year.
Revocation or Suspension of Registration
Even though you are not required to be licensed in Connecticut, you can be stripped of your certificate of registration in a few situations. Common situations in which a registration might be suspended or revoked are:
- Conducting yourself in a way that defrauds, deceives, or misleads the commissioner or the public.
- Gross incompetence.
- Violation of registered interior designer definition or regulations.
Defending Your Registration
While the stakes are lower for interior designers in Connecticut because they do not need a license in order to practice, obtaining and maintaining a certificate of registration can be very valuable for interior designers in the state. If you are having a difficult time with your registration, contact us for help. We are happy to help you with the registration process or defend your registration should it be at risk for suspension or revocation. We are here to help and are happy to answer your questions and guide you through the interior designer registration process. For more information and resources, contact us.