What is GRA?

GRA = Government and Regulatory Affairs.

Laws and Regulations:

Interior Design legislation helps establish and maintain professional standards that protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public. IIDA Indiana Chapter firmly believes that legal recognition, achieved through licensing, registration, and certification brings uniformity to the profession, defines responsibility, and encourages excellence in the Interior Design industry.

The Interior Design Coalition of Indiana

Legislative coalitions have been created for the advancement of the interior design profession. IIDA Indiana Chapter supports the efforts of the Interior Design Coalition of Indiana, a separate organization. The IIDC represents one unified voice for interior design professionals and allied design professionals who practice interior design in the state of Indiana and show minimum competency based upon national interior design standards.

On July 1, 2009 a Title Act was effective in the form of the Indiana Interior Design Registry. The Indiana General Assembly passed HEA 1573 allowing Interior Designers the right to register with the State of Indiana through the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA).

Type of Act: Title Act
Title: Registered Interior Designer
Year passed: 2009
Examination Requirement: NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) or ARE
Registration Fee: $100.00 and is good for two years.
Grandfather Clause: Expired 12/31/2011
Continuing Education for Renewal: 12 hours

For more information, please visit the Interior Design Coalition of Indiana.

To register as an interior designer in Indiana, please visit the Indiana Interior Design Registry.

National Advocacy

Over the last several years, both legislators and the general public have begun to gain a deeper understanding of the value provided by interior designers. Our goal is to continue to educate and inspire on behalf of the Interior Design profession. As Interior Design is a relatively new and growing field, we work to enable and empower its practitioners with rights and responsibilities.

These rights and licensing processes vary among jurisdictions. In some states, use of the term “Interior Designer” is limited to those professionals meeting established requirements. Other states regulate the use of similar terms like “Certified Interior Designer” or “Registered Interior Designer”. There is also variation in how states regulate the practice itself, as defined by state law, prohibiting unlicensed individuals from performing certain services.

Find out more about GRA, Legislation, and what states and jurisdictions have Interior Design legislation in place at the IIDA National website.

State Licensing Guide

Interior Design Laws of North America

Interior Design Laws of North America Map

IIDA Advocacy Video

GRAction Newsletter, IIDA National’s quarterly newsletter focused on enhancing the profession’s credibility and demonstrates their commitment to advocacy. It helps to ensure that both clients and lawmakers recognize our profession.