Utah First in the Country to Embrace Voluntary Certification for Commercial Interior Designers

Utah First in the Country to Embrace Voluntary Certification for Commercial Interior Designers

 The Utah State Legislature enacted the Commercial Interior Design Certification Act, removing significant barriers for Utah’s interior designers

Salt Lake City, Utah --- The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing is now accepting applications from interior designers who qualify for the newly enacted Commercial Interior Design Certification.

Since the early 1990’s, Utah’s interior designers have been prohibited from independently practicing to the full extent of their education and experience. This meant that an interior designer was barred from performing design work on their own in any code-impacted commercial space above 3,000 square feet.

During the 2016 legislative session, the Interior Design, Education, and Legislative coalition of Utah (IDEAL for Utah) advocated for interior design to be recognized as an independent profession and removed barriers to practice in specific commercial spaces. The Commercial Interior Design Certification is the result of collaborative efforts including representation from the design community, trade organizations, educators and students, Utah Legislature, the Women in the Economy Commission, the Disability Law Center and more. 

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Commercial Interior Design Certification Bill Passes Utah Legislature

Contact:

Amy Coombs

IDEAL- UT, Lobbyist

Prestige Government Relations & Consulting Group, LLC

801-404-2627 cell

amy@prestigegov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Commercial Interior Design Certification Bill Passes Utah Legislature, Awaiting Governor's Signature

Salt Lake City, Ut. — Wednesday, March 9, 2016, the Utah State Legislature passed SB117, Commercial Interior Design Certification Modifications, which creates a voluntary state certification for interior designers to practice their profession in specific commercial occupancies above 3,000 square feet independently. The bill, sponsored by Senator Luz Escamilla (D-01) and Representative Mike Schultz (R-12) in the House, remedies limitations of practice for commercial interior designers in the state and received overwhelming bi-partisan support throughout the process.

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