A Practice Act is a bill that limits ones right to “PRACTICE” certain roles and functions. In the case of ASID, they would then ask the state to enact a LAW that prohibits you from practicing certain functions within the scope of your business unless you have passed the NCIDQ. In addition, you must have a 4 –year degree in Interior Design from a qualified school, have apprenticed under a licensed interior designer that has passed the NCIDQ, and taken the exam
Currently there are 3 states with Practice Acts: Florida, Nevada and Louisiana. In the state of Florida there have been several hundred disciplinary actions filed against 22 different types of businesses that are affected by this legislation, including fines and cease and desist orders which forced many people to lose their ability to earn a living. And not a single complaint had anything to do with harm to the health or safety of consumers.
Some currently stipulated restrictions in most Practice Acts are: space planning, (i.e. furniture layouts), which is prohibited under many practice acts unless you have passed the NCIDQ. Some practice acts, like the one in Alabama (which subsequently was struck down and declared unconstitutional by the Alabama supreme court), was so absurdly restrictive as to prohibit the placement of throw pillows as only allowable by licensed designers. Further, the “psychology of color” is listed by the pro-regulation faction as one of the “10 Ways Designers Save Lives,” and if left unabated, the ASID would presume to legislate which colors stagers (decorators, redesigners, et.al.) would be able to suggest for walls and other surfaces, and/or restrict their ability to recommend color or paint changes at all.
RESA sees these as very important issues as these Practice Acts will affect the professional stager’s rights to conduct business. Historically, title acts have been a "foot in the door" which then provided momentum for petitioning for a Practice Act.
WHY DOES ASID DO THIS? Their premise is in the guise of “protecting the consumer/public”. If you review their website: www.asid.org in addition to reading the attached information it is all about protecting the public. However, there are no documented cases of the public need protection from interior designers. In actually, the public needs more protection from decorators trying to move walls and be architects.
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