Bill Text: NY S02232 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to mandatory continuing education for certified interior designers.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-23 - REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION [S02232 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S02232-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 23, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to  continuing  education
          requirements for certified interior designer certification
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 8305-a
     2  to read as follows:
     3    §  8305-a.  Mandatory  continuing  education  for  certified  interior
     4  designers.   1. (a) Each certified interior designer required under this
     5  article to register triennially with the department to practice  in  the
     6  state  shall  comply  with  the  provisions  of the mandatory continuing
     7  education requirements prescribed in subdivision  two  of  this  section
     8  except  as  set  forth  in  paragraphs  (b) and (c) of this subdivision.
     9  Certified interior designers who do not satisfy the mandatory continuing
    10  education requirements  shall  not  use  the  title  certified  interior
    11  designer  until  they have met such requirements, and have been issued a
    12  registration certificate, except that a certified interior designer  may
    13  practice  without  having met such requirements if he or she is issued a
    14  conditional registration certificate pursuant to  subdivision  three  of
    15  this section.
    16    (b)  In  accord  with  the  intent  of this section, adjustment to the
    17  mandatory continuing education requirement may be granted by the depart-
    18  ment for reasons of health  certified  by  an  appropriate  health  care
    19  professional,  for  extended  active  duty  with the armed forces of the
    20  United States, or for other good  cause  acceptable  to  the  department
    21  which may prevent compliance.
    22    (c)  A  certified  interior designer not engaged in practice as deter-
    23  mined by the department, shall be exempt from the  mandatory  continuing
    24  education requirement upon the filing of a statement with the department
    25  declaring  such  status. Any certificate holder wishing to use the title
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  certified interior designer who returns  to  the  practice  of  interior
     2  design during the triennial registration period shall notify the depart-
     3  ment  prior  to  reentering the profession and shall meet such mandatory
     4  education  requirements  as  shall  be  prescribed by regulations of the
     5  commissioner.
     6    (d) Certified interior designers shall be exempt  from  the  mandatory
     7  continuing  education  required by this section for the triennial regis-
     8  tration period during which they are first registered.
     9    2. During each triennial registration period an applicant  for  regis-
    10  tration  shall complete a minimum of twenty hours of acceptable continu-
    11  ing education,  as  specified  in  subdivision  four  of  this  section,
    12  provided,  however,  that  a minimum of sixteen hours of such continuing
    13  education shall consist of courses in the state building code  and  fire
    14  safety  code  and  related  subjects.  Any interior designer whose first
    15  registration date following the effective date of  this  section  occurs
    16  less  than three years from such effective date, but on or after January
    17  first, two thousand  twenty-one,  shall  complete  continuing  education
    18  hours  on  a  prorated  basis  at the rate of one hour per month for the
    19  period beginning January first, two thousand  twenty  up  to  the  first
    20  registration date thereafter. A certificate holder who has not satisfied
    21  the  mandatory  continuing  education requirements shall not be issued a
    22  triennial registration certificate by the department and shall  not  use
    23  the  title  certified  interior  designer unless and until a conditional
    24  registration certificate is issued as provided for in subdivision  three
    25  of  this section. With the exception of continuing education hours taken
    26  during the registration period immediately preceding the effective  date
    27  of  this  section, continuing education hours taken during one triennium
    28  may not be transferred to a subsequent triennium.
    29    3. The department, in its discretion, may issue a  conditional  regis-
    30  tration  to a certificate holder who fails to meet the continuing educa-
    31  tion requirements established in subdivision two of this section but who
    32  agrees to make up any deficiencies and complete any additional education
    33  which the department may require. The fee for such a conditional  regis-
    34  tration shall be the same as, and in addition to, the fee for the trien-
    35  nial  registration.  The duration of such conditional registration shall
    36  be determined by the department but  shall  not  exceed  one  year.  Any
    37  certificate  holder  who  is  notified of the denial of registration for
    38  failure to submit evidence, satisfactory to the department, of  required
    39  continuing  education and who uses the title certified interior designer
    40  without such registration, shall be subject to disciplinary  proceedings
    41  pursuant to section sixty-five hundred ten of this title.
    42    4.  As used in subdivision two of this section, "acceptable continuing
    43  education" shall mean courses of learning  and  other  activities  which
    44  contribute  to  the  profession or practice of interior design and which
    45  meet the regulations of the commissioner. The  department  may,  in  its
    46  discretion  and as needed to contribute to the health and welfare of the
    47  public, require  the  completion  of  continuing  education  courses  in
    48  specific subjects. Such courses of learning must be taken from a sponsor
    49  approved by the department, pursuant to regulations of the commissioner.
    50    5.  Certified interior designers shall maintain adequate documentation
    51  of completion of acceptable continuing education and shall provide  such
    52  documentation at the request of the department.
    53    6.  The mandatory continuing education fee shall be thirty dollars and
    54  shall be payable on or before the first day of each triennial  registra-
    55  tion period, and shall be paid in addition to the triennial registration

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     1  fee required by paragraph (h) of subdivision one of section eighty-three
     2  hundred five of this article.
     3    §  2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
     4  ing the date on which it shall have become a law.