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The first step to becoming a Professional Building Designer is to set your goal for certification. What do you need to do to apply to become certified? Learn some of the craft of building design before you even apply to become certified. So, to begin your quest, start with the six years of experience requirement.

This is the closest I can find - sounds like an architect or interior designer to me - I am an interior designer and I have designed floor plans for new and remodels - they still have to be looked at by other professionals - engineers, etc., and signed off in some cases. I would love others input on this - I am getting older and possibly out of touch. Even design architects have to get sign offs from other areas.

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The architect's role is to be in responsible control - they are the top of the food chain in professional circles. certified licensed Building Designer - by whom? The state? I don't see that as a category in the state licensing bureau's site. As long as they can get the work done and competently I don't care what initials they have after their name - I tend to avoid the ones with alphabet soup after their name as they are trying to justify high prices usually. I look at their work and talk to people they have worked with - then make my decision.

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A Professional Building Designer is an architect without an architect license. Some hang their shingle as an Architect Designer. Mine doesn't. He has not only an architectural background, but also structural engineering and a bunch of technical stuff he uses to compute things. He knows plumbing as well as electric and HVAC needs. He also has an art background and historical architecture. He does his own blueprints, too. Certification is national as well as state.

Interior Designer is a fuzzy definition. It can be restricted to the interior of the dwelling for architectural design such as built ins, woodworking, designing of furniture etc. Some call themselves House Designers meaning they deal with things like custom windows, doors, and overlap in porch designs, floors, etc. Interior Decorator is basically the buyer of items to fill the house, but again, it can cross boundaries to also include design. Some Interior or Home Designers also decorate. And there are various certifications for all..... how's that for mudding the waters.

So it's important that one thoroughly understands what the individual does and does not do no matter what the title.

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