Our Mission Statement:
The Missouri Coalition for Interior Design is a privately funded, self sustaining, non-profit corporation dedicated to inform, educate, and provide ongoing advocacy on the behalf of the interior design professional as qualified by or through education, experience and examination to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
The interior design of all built environments significantly impacts the health, safety and welfare of the public. The public benefits from knowing that the individuals they entrust with the design of their interior spaces are qualified.
Legal recognition (registration or licensure) establishes enforceable standards of minimum competency, including education, experience and examination.
Qualified interior designers improve the health, safety and welfare of the public in the health, safety and welfare of the public in the spaces they design. Legal recognition ensures that only qualified individuals design interior spaces or represent themselves as having the qualifications to do so.
By providing legal definitions of the scope of interior design practice and who may refer to themselves as a "registered (certified) interior designer," legislation helps consumers differentiate the responsibilities and services of each of the design professions. In addition to health, safety adn welfare benefits, legal recognition helps consumers to choose the appropriate professional and breings the benefit of open competition to the design process
Who We Are:
A professional interior designer is qualified by education, experience and examination to enhance the function, safety and quality of interior spaces. Interior designers combine critical and creative thinking, communication and technology for the purpose of improving the quality of life, increasing productivity and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public. Interior design encompasses many specialties in residential, commercial and institutional interiors, including: homes, hotels, restaurants, schools and universities, dormitories, office and industrial interiors, health-care facilities and nursing homes.
Interior designers’ services include:
- Space planning
- Design analysis
- Specifications of fixtures and their location
- Reflected ceiling plans
- Non-load-bearing elements of interior spaces of buildings
Interior design and the Health, Safety and Welfare of the Public
Every decision an interior designer makes, in one way or another, affects life safety and quality of life. Some of those decisions include designing safe environments for everyone from infants to the aged, specifying furniture, fabric and carpeting that meet or exceed fire codes, complying with other applicable building codes, designing ergonomic work spaces, space planning that provides proper means of egress, and providing solutions for the handicapped and other persons with special needs. Qualified interior designers have comprehensive professional training, technical knowledge and responsibilities and must have many competencies including:
- Space planning that provides proper means of egress (exit)
- Lighting design in the home and workplace
- Specifying furniture, fabrics and finishes that meet or exceed fire codes and toxicity standards
- Determining proper application and appropriate use of finishes for maximum safety
- Barrier-free design
- Compliance with national, state and local building codes
- Ergonomic design solutions for those with special needs
The Three E’s of Interior Design
The career path of a professional interior designer involves formal Education, entry-level work Experience and a qualifying Examination.
EDUCATION - Completing a degree in interior design is an essential element to professional practice of interior design. This formal education prepares the professional interior designer with a unique array of knowledge and skills specific to the interior environment.
EXPERIENCE - Entry-level work experience facilitates the development of competent interior designers who can provide interior design services and work as professional members of the design team. Work experience is required of candidates for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination, and all state licensing boards require proof of quality interior design experience for licensure and/or registration.
EXAMINATION - Examination is an elemental component of determining whether or not an individual has met the minimum competency standards to practice a profession. The NCIDQ exam is currently the only examination that tests minimum competency in the full body of interior design knowledge. The NCIDQ examination is entirely directed at public health, safety and welfare. For more information about NCIDQ, visit their Web site at www.ncidq.org.
Consumers Benefit When Interior Designers Have the Right to Practice.
Support the Missouri Coalition for Interior Design by becoming a member today. MCID is a privately funded, self sustaining, non-profit corporation dedicated to inform, educate, and provide ongoing advocacy on the behalf of the interior design professional. We receive our funding support from you, our member base. Click on the link below to download the PDF signup form. Send the signed form with a check for your membership fee, to the address indicated on the form. Help support MCID today!
Missouri Coalition for Interior Design
Mail to :
PO Box 11621
St. Louis, MO 63105-0421