Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0120-04-.10 - PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

(1) The registrant shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations and codes governing the practice of interior design, and the use of the title "registered interior designer."
(2) The registrant shall at all times recognize the primary obligation to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public in the registrant's practice of interior design.
(3) The registrant shall perform services only in areas of the registrant's competence.
(4) The registrant shall not engage in any form of false or misleading advertising or promotional activities including, but not limited to, implying unregistered staff members or employees of the firm are registered interior designers.
(5) The registrant shall not divulge any confidential information about the client or the client's project, or utilize photographs or specifications of the project without the express permission of the client; provided, however, this provision shall not apply to those specifications, drawings or photographs over which the designer retains proprietary rights or the designer is required by law or in connection with an investigation by the Board to furnish.
(6) The registrant shall be completely objective and truthful in all professional reports, statements and testimony.
(7) The registrant shall not assist or abet improper or illegal conduct of anyone in connection with a project.
(8) When in public service as a member, advisor, or employee of a governmental body or department, the registrant shall not participate in considerations or actions with respect to services provided by the registrant or the registrant's organization in private professional practice.
(9) The registrant shall not solicit or accept any contract from a governmental body on which the registrant, or a principal or officer of the registrant's organization, serves as a member.
(10) The registrant shall not pay or offer to pay, either directly or indirectly, any commission, political contribution, or gift or other consideration in order to secure work, exclusive of securing salary positions through employment agencies.
(11) The registrant shall not falsify or permit misrepresentation of the registrant's or the registrant's associates' academic or professional qualifications to a prospective or existing client or employer. The registrant shall not misrepresent or exaggerate the registrant's degree of responsibility in or for the subject matter of present or prior assignments.
(a) It shall be the responsibility of each registrant to clearly and appropriately state prior professional experience of the registrant and/or the firm the registrant is representing in presenting qualifications to prospective clients, both public and private.
(b) A registrant who has been an employee of another design firm may not claim unconditional credit for projects contracted for in the name of the previous employer. The registrant shall indicate, next to the listing for each project, that individual experience gained in connection with the project was acquired as an employee. Additionally, the registrant shall provide the time frame in which the project was performed, identify the previous design firm, and describe the nature and extent of the registrant's participation in the project.
(c) A registrant who was formerly a principal in a firm may legitimately make additional claims provided the registrant discloses the nature of ownership in the previous design firm (e.g., stockholder, director or officer) and identifies with specificity the registrant's responsibilities for that project.
(d) A registrant who presents a project that has received awards recognition must comply with the requirements of this rule with regard to project presentation to the public and prospective clients.
(e) Projects which remain unconstructed and which are listed as credit shall be listed as "unbuilt" or by a similar designation.
(12) The registrant shall not request, propose or accept a professional commission on a contingent basis under circumstances in which the registrant's professional judgment may be compromised.
(13) The registrant shall not knowingly associate with, or permit the use of the registrant's name or firm name in, a business venture by any person or firm which the registrant knows, or has reason to believe, is engaging in business or professional practice of a fraudulent or dishonest nature.
(14) The registrant may be deemed by the board to be guilty of misconduct if:
(a) The registrant has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to or is convicted in a court of competent jurisdiction of a felony or fails to report such action to the Board in writing within sixty (60) days of the action;
(b) The registrant's license or certificate of interior design title is revoked, suspended or voluntarily surrendered as a result of disciplinary proceedings in another jurisdiction or the registrant fails to report such action to the Board in writing within sixty (60) days of the action;
(c) The registrant fails to respond to Board requests and investigations within thirty (30) days of the mailing of communications, unless an earlier response is specified;
(d) The registrant fails to comply with a lawful order of the Board; or.
(e) The registrant provides false testimony or information to the Board.
(15) The registrant shall not engage, or offer to engage, in the providing of services specified by law to require other licensed professionals, such as the design of mechanical, plumbing, electrical and load-bearing structural systems, except for specification of fixtures and their location within interior spaces.
(16) Before accepting a project, a registrant shall reasonably inform the prospective client of:
(a) The scope and nature of the project;
(b) The professional services relating to the interior design that will be performed and the method of compensation for those performed services; and
(c) All compensation that the registrant will receive in connection with the project. If the registrant accepts the project, the registrant shall not accept any compensation from any person with whom the registrant deals in connection with the project that has not been fully disclosed to the client in writing prior to acceptance of the project.
(17) A registrant possessing knowledge of an applicant's qualifications for registration shall cooperate with the applicant and/or the Board by responding appropriately regarding those qualifications when requested to do so. A registrant shall provide timely verification of employment and/or experience earned by an applicant under his or her supervision if there is reasonable assurance that the facts to be verified are accurate. A registrant shall not knowingly sign any verification document that contains false or misleading information.
(18) The registrant shall maintain the continuing education records required by rule 0120-05-.10 Records for a period of four (4) years and shall furnish such records to the Board for audit verification purposes within thirty (30) days of the Board's request.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0120-04-.10
Original rule filed May 18, 1993; effective July 2, 1993. Amendment filed July 19, 2002; effective October 2, 2002. Amendment filed September 16, 2008; effective November 30, 2008. Amendment filed September 11, 2009; effective December 10, 2009. Amendment filed March 9, 2011; effective June 7, 2011. Amendment filed December 11, 2012; effective March 11, 2013. Amendment filed November 17, 2014; effective February 15, 2015. A stay of the effective date was filed January 27, 2015; new effective date May 1, 2015. Amendment filed September 15, 2015; effective December 14, 2015. Amendments filed October 28, 2016; effective 1/26/2017.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 62-2-105 and 62-2-203(c).

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