New Jersey Interior Design Continuing Education Requirements

Cindy Grant, September 22, 2020

The New Jersey State State Board of Architects’ Interior Design Examination and Evaluation Committee requires New Jersey-certified interior designers to complete 12 hours of continuing education every two years.

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  • CE Requirement: 12 Continuing Education Credit Hours (CECHs) every biennial reporting period. 6 of the 12 CECHs must qualify as Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) credits
  • Renewal Deadline: September 30 of even years.
  • CE Reporting Cycle:  Interior Designers must earn the required credits in the two years preceding their certificate renewal deadline (e.g. October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2020, for the September 30, 2020 renewal). 
  • Acceptable Coursework: The New Jersey State Board of Architects’ Interior Design Examination and Evaluation Committee generally accepts courses approved by IDCEC under the HSW designation. Did you know Design Arts Seminars reports credits weekly for clients with IDCEC memberships? It is up to the licensee to determine whether the activity meets the Board’s requirements. As always, final discretion is up to the Board.
  • Reporting of Credits: Registrants attest to completing the biennial continuing education requirement on the renewal application.
  • Tracking of Credits: Certified designers are responsible for maintaining proof of successful completion of continuing education activities for at least five years from the date of completion.
  • Audits: Each certificate holder is subject to being audited for compliance with the continuing education requirements, and should - upon request - submit continuing education documentation.
  • Carry-Over: Not permitted.

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