Texas Interior Designers, Texas Registered Interior Designers, Texas RID

In 1991, Texas passed a voluntary registration law for Texas interior designers. This is NOT a license. Texas does not issue “licenses” to interior designers. At that time, joining was easy. One simply claimed to have worked in the interior design industry for “6 years”. No proof of education, experience, or passage of the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) exam was required. Thousands joined. This was the “grandfathering” process.

In 1994, grandfathering ceased. Since then, the rules to become a Texas “registered interior designer” (RID) have become increasingly more difficult. To join now, you must possess an interior design degree, years of work experience, AND pass the NCIDQ exam.

Both groups, grandfathered and the fully qualified, use the same title of “Registered Interior Design” or RID with no distinction as to qualifications. The grandfathered designers have had since 1991 (27 years) to pass the exam and become qualified but most have not done so.

So if a member of the public contacts TBAE (Texas Board of Architectural Examiners) seeking to hire a qualified Texas RID, they have only a 50% chance of locating one. Why? Because TBAE does not publish the names of 1,000 grandfathered, non-NCIDQ qualified RIDs on their website.

The public would be best served by performing their own due diligence to include: inquiring about a designer’s qualifications, reviewing websites, and obtaining references rather than using the misleading RID label. In the interest of fairness and transparency, here is the list of grandfathered Texas registered interior designers (Texas RIDs) who have not passed the official NCIDQ exam, including 2 current members of the ASID Texas Chapter Board of Directors, Joyce Bryant and Sheryl Beck

List of Texas Grandfathered RIDs, Non-NCIDQ Exam Qualified

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