(225 ILCS 310/8) (from Ch. 111, par. 8208)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
    Sec. 8. Requirements for registration.
    (a) Each applicant for registration shall apply to the Department in writing on a form provided by the Department. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, each applicant shall take and pass the examination approved by the Department. Prior to registration, the applicant shall provide substantial evidence to the Board that the applicant:
        (1) is a graduate of a 5-year interior design program
    
from an accredited institution and has completed at least 2 years of full-time diversified interior design experience;
        (2) is a graduate of a 4-year interior design program
    
from an accredited institution and has completed at least 2 years of full-time diversified interior design experience;
        (3) has completed at least 3 years of interior design
    
curriculum from an accredited institution and has completed 3 years of full-time diversified interior design experience; or
        (4) is a graduate of a 2-year interior design program
    
from an accredited institution and has completed 4 years of full-time diversified interior design experience.
    (b) In addition to providing evidence of meeting the requirements of subsection (a), each applicant for registration as a registered interior designer shall provide substantial evidence that he or she has successfully completed the examination administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications.
    Examinations for applicants under this Act may be held at the direction of the Department from time to time but not less than once each year. The scope and form of the examination shall conform to the National Council for Interior Design Qualification examination for interior designers.
    (b-5) Each applicant for registration shall pay to the Department the required registration fee, which is not refundable, at the time of filing his or her application.
    (c) An individual may apply for original registration prior to passing the examination. He or she shall have 2 years after the date of filing an application to pass the examination. If evidence and documentation of passing the examination are received by the Department later than 2 years after the individual's filing, the application shall be denied and the fee forfeited. The applicant may reapply at any time, but shall meet the requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
    (d) Upon payment of the required fee, which shall be determined by rule, an applicant who is an architect licensed under the laws of this State may, without examination, be granted registration as a registered interior designer by the Department provided the applicant submits proof of an active architectural license in Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 100-920, eff. 8-17-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)