By law, a "registered interior designer" is someone qualified (by education, experience, and examination) who:
- Identifies, researches, and creatively solves problems pertaining to the interior environment's function and quality;
- Performs services relative to interior spaces, including programming, design analysis, space planning, and aesthetics, using specialized knowledge of non-load-bearing interior construction, building systems and components, building codes, equipment material, and furnishings; and,
- Prepares plans and specifications for non-load-bearing interior construction, material finishes, space planning, reflected ceiling plans, furnishings, fixtures, and equipment relative to the design of interior spaces to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
The state limits a person's right to market themselves as a "registered interior designer". By law, a person cannot use the term "registered interior designer" or otherwise indicate that they have the titled unless they:
- Has registered as an Interior Designer with the Department of Consumer Protection; OR
- Is an architect licensed in the state.