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To the Editor;
The Maine Interior Design Association is disappointed that Matthew Gagnon did not take the time to properly research his recent column in which he decries the licensing of our profession. An easy place to start is on our website (midamaine.org) where anyone can learn what the title Maine Certified Interior Designer means.

In 1993, Maine passed a title act that regulates the use of the title Maine Certified Interior Designer. Title acts specify who may use a professional title. This does not restrict anyone from calling him or herself an interior designer or decorator. It would prevent anyone who has not met the requirements (defined by education, experience and an examination) from using the professional title. Other states have passed practice acts, which require individuals to become licensed by the state.

Contrary to what Gagnon states, the job of an interior designer most certainly does impact the health, safety and welfare of the public. Codes, regulations and acts protect the public, and knowledge and implementation of these codes is a critical part of the job of a professional interior designer. The association will continue to advocate legislatively for Maine’s interior design professionals. We understand and respect the importance of the education and expertise our professionals bring to the field of design.

Jill Albers
board of directors
Maine Interior Design Association

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