Allows special provisions for certain interior designers who have been practicing interior design for fifteen or more years prior to the effective date of this act to apply for certain exemptions.
BILL NUMBER: S5571
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the education law, in relation to interior designers
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : To allow individuals practicing interior design for fifteen years or more to be exempted from licensing requirements.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : Section 1 amends § 8307 of the Education Law to allow for an exemption of individuals practicing interior design for fifteen or more years from licensing requirements. Section 1 also defines requirements for verification and demonstration of experience.
JUSTIFICATION : New York State Law requires that Interior Designers who wish to be licensed must receive a proper level of education and pass a State exam. When these requirements were introduced in 1990, they included no provision for currently-practicing designers to obtain certification without specific educational requirements. While there is a need to create consistent certification standards, especially for individuals working within an industry of expertise, the present laws limit who can apply for Interior Design licenses. If an individual does not fulfill specific requirements, he or she has no recourse, despite educational experience, longevity, or quality of work.
There is much confusion in the public regarding interior design licensing. Many Interior Designers are unlicensed, but have been practicing longer than those who are licensed. Interior designers who lack certification but have been practicing longer than licensed designers are viewed as inferior to their licensed counterparts. Numerous non-licensed Designers have met and exceeded the standards of their field, and are well qualified for licensing.
This legislation would allow unlicensed Interior Designers who have been practicing for 15 years or more to apply for certification. The bill would not guarantee licensing for these designers, but instead would submit their experience and relevant qualifications for review. If found to be qualified, a designer would then be issued a license.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act would take place 180 days after it becomes law.