OK Legislation 2016

New 2016 Laws & Rules for RIDs:  CEUs & Emeritus Status

  • New CEU requirement:  24 CEUs required every 2-year period prior to renewal of registration.    NOTE:  This is the same number of CEUs required for Licensed Architects and Landscape Architects in Oklahoma
  • Initially, only 12 hours of CEU will be required by June 30, 2017 for 2017-2019 registration renewal. 
  • All CEUs shall be Health / Safety / Welfare, for example:  life-safety codes and standards, professional ethics, sustainability, hazardous materials, accessibility, historic preservation, ergonomics, fire protection & controls, etc.
  • You, the RID, are responsible for maintaining documentation of the CEUs (all HSW) you have completed.  The Board does perform audits to verify compliance.
  • Courses may or may not be approved by IDCEC, AIA or other entities.  As long as the course description demonstrates the course is a HSW course compliant with the Rules, it should pass an audit.
  • Courses that are issuing reporting certificates should contain:  participant's name, sponsor's name, course title, number of contact hours, date course given, sponsor or monitor signature.
  • Registrants shall maintain a record of all reporting certificates or other documentation issued for verification of attendance until January 1st after submitting the Registration renewal and/or passing the audit as completed.
  • The Board has final authority with respect to approval of courses, credits, and continuing education hours.
  • NOTE:  This law addresses continuing education required for registration with the State ONLY.  The continuing education requirements for maintaining membership with a professional association are the individual's responsibility.
  • For individuals with dual licensing/registration as an Architect/Interior Designer, they are required to meet the 24 HSW CEU hours of the Architect and that counts as the fulfilling all CEU requirements for both the license and the registration.

55:10-17-7.(i)  Subject content acceptable for purposes of interior design education shall be limited to:

(1) Legal: codes, including life-safety codes and standards, laws and regulations governing the practice of interior design; professional ethics, zoning, insurance to protect owners and public

(2) Environmental: energy efficiency, sustainability, natural resources, hazardous materials, weather proofing, insulation and natural hazards

(3) Design: interior building design, interior specifications, accessibility, safety and security measures

(4) Study within planning, interior design, construction contracting and related disciplines

(5) Legal aspects of contracts, documents, insurance, bonds, project administration, etc.

(6) Preservation: historic, adaptation, reuse, building types

(7) Construction Documents and Services

(8) Materials and Methods: building systems, products, finishes, furnishings, equipment

(9) Technical: structural, mechanical, electrical, communications, fire protection, controls

(10) Pre-design: programming, project analysis, survey of existing conditions, including materials and configuration of the interior space of a project

(11) Occupant Safety: indoor air quality, lighting, acoustics, ergonomics

(12) Project administration

(13) Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines


 Emeritus Status:
  • Emeritus status:  must be an OK resident, registered in OK for 10 consecutive years or more, 65 years of age or older and retired from active practice to qualify
  • Benefits of Emeritus status:  1)  all fees for biennial Registration are waived  2) exempt from continuing education requirement  3) able to reinstate your Registration (Rules vary depending if reinstatement is within 3 years or after 3 years)




OIDC Response to: HB 2274 (Rep. McDaniel)  

Summary:        Bill replaces Section 46.21b, which defines when an architect shall be required and articulating exemptions primarily by Building Code Use Groups, with new language eliminating those existing exemptions and any distinction between Building Code Use Groups while broadening extensively the instances of when an architect shall be required.


  1. The existing language in the Act functions well as it is.  What is the justification for this bill?
  2. Interior designers are qualified and have a right to practice in the exempt areas currently available to them. 
  3. Consequences of this bill are reduced competition:  taking jobs away from interior designers practicing independent of architects.
  4. Any competition with architects for interiors projects is healthy and welcomed.
  5. HB2274 is a great jobs bill for architects but catastrophic for interior designers.  HB2274 is BAD legislation.
  6. HB2274 omits the important clarification Section 46.21b-C:  “a basement is not to be counted as a story for the purpose of counting stories of a building”  Without this paragraph, the door is open to interpretations that would further restrict projects available to interior designers to work independent of architects.

Current Exemptions Interior Designers Practice Within                                                        Architects Gain

1.  Business Code Use Group allows an interior designer to work in spaces                  HB2274 eliminates this exemption

            up to 100,000 sq.ft. and 2 stories. (No limit on number of occupants)

2.  Mercantile Code Use Group allows an interior designer to work in spaces                HB2274 eliminates this exemption

            up to 200,000 sq.ft. and 2 stories.  (No limit on number of occupants)

3.  Code Use Group R1 (e.g. hotel/motel) allows an interior designer to work                HB2274 eliminates this exemption

            on projects with up to 64 lodging units.

4.  Code Use Group R2 (e.g. apartments) allows an interior designer to work on            HB2274 eliminates this exemption

            projects with up to 32 dwelling units.

5.  An important omnibus paragraph in the Act, Section 46.2b-E clarifying that       HB2274 eliminates this paragraph

            “upgrades, repairs, replacements and changes made on projects…are

            exempt from hiring an architect if upgrades, repairs, replacements or

            changes do not affect the existing primary structural, mechanical or

            electrical system, life-safety systems, fire codes or exit…as determined

            by the applicable building code official.” 


OIDC Response to:  SB 258 (Sen. Holt)

SUMMARY:        This bill creates a task force, Small Business Deregulation Task Force, with the duty to make recommendations for repeal of any regulations and / or licensing that do not directly and materially impact the physical safety of Oklahoma.  This bill has been carried over from last session (2015).


  1. Reminder:  Sen. Holt was the author of the Senate bill SB 258 in 2015 deregulating – wiping out – Registered Interior Designers in Oklahoma.

  2. Interior Designers, by registering with the State of Oklahoma, demonstrate they have passed the national NCIDQ exam and met the education and work standards set forth by the state minimum requirements.  Registration for Interior Designers in Oklahoma signifies an individual has competency to practice in code impacted interior spaces.
  3. Long sought legislation for continuing education (CEUs) requirement for Registered Interior Designers was achieved last session (2015) and further cements the profession’s commitment to protecting the public’s heath, safety and welfare.  ALL qualifying CEUs must be health, safety or welfare related as outlined in the new Rules .