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Chapter 50-10 REGISTERED INTERIOR DESIGNER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Rule 50-10-.01 Application

(1) An applicant for a certificate of registration as a registered interior designer must be at least 21 years of age and must submit to the Board office a completed application on a form approved by the Board together with the application fee provided for in Chapter 50-12 and official copies of transcripts, proof of passage of the required examination, and evidence of work experience as provided for in the application showing that the requirements of Code Section 43-4-32 and this Chapter have been met.
(2) All documents required by (1) above must be received prior to evaluation of the application by the Board. If requested, the applicant shall furnish additional information that may be required by the Board to clarify or substantiate statements made in the application.

Rule 50-10-.02 Education

Applicants for a certificate of registration as a registered interior designer must provide proof of having acquired one of the following:

(a) A minimum four year degree or first professional degree conferred by a college or university whose program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB);
(b) A bachelor's degree in architectural engineering technology from a school or college in this state approved by the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), or any other bachelor's degree with a substantial concentration in architecture approved by the Board from a Board approved school or college in this state;
(c) A minimum four year degree or first professional degree in a program of study in interior design approved by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, formerly known as the Foundation for Interior Design Research (FIDER);
(d) A minimum four year degree or first professional degree in interior design from a school or college accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD); or
(e) A minimum four year degree received prior to July 1, 1996, and coursework completed prior to July 1, 1996, which would constitute the equivalent of a major in interior design.

Rule 50-10-.03 Examination

Except as provided for in Rule 50-10-.04, applicants for a certificate of registration as a registered interior designer must provide proof of having passed one of the following examinations:

(a) The examination promulgated by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ);
(b) The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) promulgated by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) or any other examination which is accepted by NCARB to qualify for an NCARB Certificate.

Rule 50-10-.04 Grandfather Provisions

Applicants whose completed applications are received in the Board office prior to July 1, 1996, may meet requirements to receive a certificate of registration as a registered interior designer through one of the following methods by providing proof, satisfactory to the Board, of having acquired:

(a) Method 1:
1. A four-year degree conferred by a college or university;
2. A minimum of ten (10) years experience, immediately prior to the date of application, as an interior designer; and 3. Passage, after January 1, 1990, and prior to the date of application, of the Building and Barrier Free Codes Section of the NCIDQ Examination.

OR

(b) Method 2:
1. A minimum of ten (10) years of experience, immediately prior to the date of application, as an interior designer;
2. Passage of the entire examination promulgated by the NCIDQ.

Rule 50-10-.05 Endorsement

Any person who has been certified or registered as an interior designer in another state or foreign country may be issued a certificate of registration by the Board to use the title "registered interior designer" provided that such person demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Board that the requirements for registration in this state as provided for in this Chapter have been met.

Rule 50-10-.06 Licensure of Veterans and Military Spouses

(1) As used in this Rule:
(a) "Military" means the United States armed forces, including the National Guard.
(b) "Military spouse" means the spouse of a service member or transitioning service member.
(c) "Registered Interior Designer" means a person who is registered as an Interior Designer under the provisions of Chapter 4 of Title 43 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.
(d) "Service member" means an active or reserve member of the United States armed forces, including the National Guard.
(e) "Transitioning service member" means a member of the military or active duty status or on separation leave who is within 24 months of retirement or 12 months of separation.
(2) Expedited applications. Effective July 1, 2017, military spouses and transitioning service members may qualify for expedited processing of a license application by showing that the applicant is a military spouse or transitioning service member and that the applicant has paid the fee and meets all requirements for a license issued under Chapter 4 of Title 43.
(3) Licensure by reciprocity of service members, transitioning service members, and military spouses. A service member, transitioning service member, or military spouse may qualify for a license by reciprocity where the applicant:
(a) holds a license in good standing from another state for which the training, experience, and testing substantially meets or exceeds the requirements under Georgia law to obtain a license as an Interior Designer;
(b) submits to the Board a verification of licensure from the appropriate licensing agency of another state showing that the applicant's active license is in good standing in that state;
(c) submits documentation satisfactory to the Board which verifies the applicant's status as a service member, transitioning service member, or military spouse;
(d) submits a completed application for licensure by reciprocity on a form approved by the Board, pays the required fee, and requests a license by reciprocity.
(4) Education, training, and experience obtained while in the military. A service member, transitioning service member, or military spouse may obtain credit for education and experience obtained while in the military that is required for licensure by Chapter 4 of Title 43 if he or she:
(a) submits documentation of graduation from a college or university with the major and/or hourly requirements that substantially meet or exceed the requirements under Georgia law for licensure as an Interior Designer;
(b) submits documentation showing acceptable experience doing Interior Design work performed under the supervision of a person whose credentials are acceptable to the Board which meet the requirements for licensure under Georgia law;
(c) submits documentation satisfactory to the Board which verifies the applicant's status as a service member, transitioning service member, or military spouse;
(d) submits proof of passing the examination required for licensure; and
(e) submits a completed application on a form approved by the Board for approval to take the licensure examination or for licensure and pays the required fee.