Title Acts as it applies to ASID’s request:
A Title Act is a state mandated bill which restricts the right for a person or company to use a particular title. This means that each STATE would then create a LAW that mandates that if you wish to use the TITLE “Interior Designer”, you then must pass the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, an exam that historically has a 40% passage rate, takes up to six months to prepare, requires 2 to 4 years of (usually unpaid) internship before applying, costs $2000 or more to take, and is rarely passed on the first attempt.
As a governing body, RESA understands certain “rules and/or standards” for calling yourself a particular title or using a designation if you have earned the right to do so – and we encourage our members to pursue the best educational opportunities available to them. However, these “Title Acts” will allow the government to get involved in this decision process.
Keep in mind that this TITLE ACT would still allow you to PRACTICE what you do (i.e. provide design / decorating / redesign services) but it would prohibit you from marketing yourself as an “Interior Designer” or have any use of the words “interior design” describing your services on your websites, marketing materials, etc. This would affect many professionals who currently have multiple disciplines in their businesses.
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