Building Specialist - CID - Engineer


This is my first time posting to this forum and I have searched the internet and have not yet found the answer, so I figured I would try asking my question here. Additionally, yes I have already reached out to the MD DLLR and are awaiting for additional information. I understand that the state of Maryland requires an Interior Designer to be certified to be able to provide design services for commercial spaces. My question comes from an article stating that you still may provide interior design services even if you are not a CID as long as you are supervised by an architect, engineer or CID, a building specialist. My wife and I are in a unique situation, I have an AAS in interior design as well as most of my schooling in architecture from an architecturally accredited university. However, we are both engineers (myself by trade) and soon to be both licensed. My background is in civil site, mechanical, architectural and controls with general understanding of electrical and structural. My wife is an environmental engineer with process design experience as well as environmental. So if we are both licensed engineers in the state of MD would you still need to be a CID to provide services for commercial spaces? Obviously when deemed necessary we would have our work QC'd by another professional just for quality, but do we need to be since we would be licensed engineers?

Thank you for your time and thoughts on this matter.

Feb 27, 20 10:40 am

Maryland does not require interior designers to be licensed to work on commercial projects. Maryland only regulates the use of the title "Certified Interior Designer".  As long as they don't represent themselves as certified, anybody can practice interior design on any type of project in Maryland - there are no minimum requirements related to education, credentials, supervision, or experience. See statutes:

While there are approximately 30 states that regulate titles such as "Certified [Registered] [Licensed] Interior Designer", there are only 3 or 4 states that currently limit the actual practice of interior design to designers licensed/certified/registered in that state.  There were attempts to enact licensing requirements for the practice of interior design about a decade ago in Maryland but they were unsuccessful.

Feb 27, 20 1:51 pm

Thank you for your detailed and complete response. Have a great day and weekend.

Feb 28, 20 7:10 am

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