Selected acronyms for Interior Designers
relating to Interior Design Organizations
and Certifications, California Interior Design,
Architecture, Building, Lighting, and related

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A useful resource for California Interior Designers, and other design and building industry professionals to provide accurate definitions for frequently used acronyms.

This list of selected acronyms is a glossary of meanings for commonly used terms relating to Interior Design Organizations and Certifications, the practice and advocacy of Interior Design in California, and other acronyms relating to terms in the architecture, building, and lighting industries.

ASID – American Society of Interior Designers
CFID – Council of Federal Interior Designers
CIDA – Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly FIDER)
CKD – Certified Kitchen Designer
CBD – Certified Bath Designer
CQRID – Council for Qualification of Residential Interior Designers
FIDER – Foundation for Interior Design Education & Research (now CIDA)
HIA – Hospitality Industry Association
IDCC – Interior Design Coalition of California
IDEC – Interior Design Educators Council
IDCEC – Interior Design Continuing Education Council (approves CEU’s)
IDS – Interior Design Society
IFDA – International Furnishings and Design Association
IFMA – International Facilities Management Association
IIDA – International Interior Design Association
IRIS – Interior Redesign Industry Specialists
ISP – Institute of Store Planners
KBIS – Kitchen & Bath Industry Show
NASAD – National Association of Schools of Art and Design
NCIDQ – National Council for Interior Design Qualification
NKBA – National Kitchen and Bath Association
NHFA – National Home Furnishings Association

CCIDC – California Council for Interior Design Certification
CLCID – California Legislative Coalition for Interior Design
CID – Certified Interior Designer (defined, Section 5800, B & P Code)
CCRE – California Codes and Regulations Exam
IDEX – October 19, 2008, the IDEX California® became the only examination required to fulfill the examination portion of the certification process in California. No longer does CCIDC require the combination of the CCRE and one of the three national examinations (CQRID, NCIDQ, NKBA).

AIA – American Institute of Architects
AIBD – American Institute of Building Design
ASLA – American Society of Landscape Architects
BIFMA – Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association
CAB – California Architects Board
CALBO – California Building Officials (Professional association)
CAUS – Color Association of the United States
CMG – Color Marketing Group
DLF – Designers Lighting Forum
GBC – Green Building Council
IALD – International Association of Lighting Designers
ICBO – International Conference of Building Officials
IBC – International Building Code
ICC – International Code Council
IES – Illuminating Engineers Society’
IRC – International Residential Code
LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
NAHB – National Association of Home Builders
NARI – National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NCARB – National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
NCQLP – National Council on Qualification for the Lighting Professions
OBD – Organization of Black Designers
UBC – Uniform Building Code

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
B & P – Business and Professions Code
CEU – Continuing Education Unit
HUD – Housing and Urban Development (Federal Government Dept.)


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