SB 520 was introduced in the Indiana General Assembly 2013 Session and was dubbed the Eraser Bill geared towards eliminating and streamlining professional licensing in Indiana. The Interior Design Registry was included in this bill among a variety of other occupational categories, but the bill never became law. Following this, local professional design organizations and local law officials worked together to better understand the state’s role in the Registry. As a result, HEA 1303 was introduced and passed using the Interior Design Registry as a model for the pilot program of HEA 1303.
THE BACK STORY
HEA 1573: Effective July 1, 2009 - Indiana General Assembly passed HEA 1573 allowing interior designers to voluntarily register with the State of Indiana through the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA). As described above, this allows Registered Interior Designers to set themselves apart and allows consumers and employers a way to vet candidates in this field. This legal recognition brings consistent standards and ensures excellence in the Interior Design industry. To view the bill, click here.
Title 25: IC 25-20.7-1 to 7-5 is Indiana’s current Code for Interior Designers.
HEA 1303: State registration of privately certified individuals. Establishes a pilot project under which individuals who practice a certain occupation that is not a regulated profession under Indiana law can become "state registered" and be listed as practitioners of their occupation on the electronic registry of professions. This bill and pilot program expires on April 1, 2018. For more information, click here.
HEA 1272: Allows an individual who holds a professional or occupational license and is called to active duty to fulfill all continuing education requirements through distance learning. For more information, click here.
WHAT THIS MEANS
In regards to HEA1303: Not later than November 1, 2017, the executive director shall provide a report to the legislative council concerning the pilot program conducted under this chapter.
The report must include the following:
(1) The names of the supporting organizations that were approved under the pilot program. (IDCI)
(2) The names of the supporting organizations that were not approved under the pilot program.
(3) The number of individuals who were state registered under the pilot program.
(4) Information about how state registration under the pilot program provided additional consumer protection to the residents of Indiana.
(5) The recommendations of the executive director about whether the pilot program established by this chapter should be continued and expanded.
The Utah coalition, IDEAL, successfully passed a Commercial Interior Design Certification bill out of both houses in Utah during the 2016 Session. This makes them the 18th state in the country to allow commercial interior designers to become certified to stamp and seal their drawings to pull permits in a designated scope of work.
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