[Rev. 10/1/2014 3:05:32 PM]

[NAC-623 Revised Date: 4-12]

CHAPTER 623 - ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN AND RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

GENERAL PROVISIONS

623.010            Definitions.

623.011            “Board” defined.

623.012            “Contact hour” defined.

623.0125          “Continuing education unit” defined.

623.013            “Direct supervision” defined.

623.015            “Executive Director” defined.

623.017            “Registrant” defined.

623.018            “Respondent” defined.

623.019            Interpretation of term “from the floor of an interior area of a structure designed for human habitation or occupancy to the ceiling.”

623.0195          Interpretation of term “his or her own drawings.”

STATE BOARD OF ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN AND RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

623.115            Meetings of Board.

623.135            Duties of Chair.

623.145            Duties and authority of Secretary-Treasurer.

623.150            Executive Director.

623.155            Audits.

623.160            Financial administration: Duties of Secretary-Treasurer.

623.170            Supplement of budget.

623.175            Seal.

REGISTRATION

General Provisions

623.215            Application for registration.

623.225            Conditions under which application becomes inactive; reinstatement of inactive application.

623.280            Renewal or restoration of expired certificate of registration.

623.290            Fees.

623.300            Evaluation of training received by applicant.

623.310            Determination of practice as principal.

Qualifications of Architect

623.400            Examination for registration; oath before Board.

623.410            Registration and certification in another jurisdiction in lieu of examination.

623.445            Credit for education or training.

623.455            Conditions for credit for education.

623.465            Conditions for credits for training completed after August 9, 1982.

623.475            Additional conditions for credits for education or training completed after August 9, 1982.

Qualifications of Residential Designer

623.500            Examination for registration.

623.505            Requirements and credit for education and training.

Qualifications of Interior Designer: Program of Interior Design Not Accredited by Foundation for Interior Design Education Research

623.562            Definitions.

623.564            “Applicant” defined.

623.566            “Ergonomics” defined.

623.568            “Program of interior design” defined.

623.570            “Student” defined.

623.572            Application for registration: Action by Executive Director and subcommittee of Board; placement on agenda of Board; submission of additional information.

623.574            Application for registration: Action by Board; prerequisites to approval of program.

623.576            General requirements for program.

623.578            Standards for program: Curriculum.

623.580            Standards for program: Development of professional attitudes, traits and values.

623.582            Standards for program: Foundation in fundamentals.

623.584            Standards for program: Knowledge, skills, processes and theories of interior design.

623.586            Standards for program: Communication.

623.588            Standards for program: Building systems, materials and products.

623.590            Standards for program: Laws, codes, regulations, standards and practices.

623.592            Standards for program: Foundation in business and professional practice.

623.594            Standards for program: Faculty members and other instructional personnel.

Continuing Education

623.630            General requirements; approval by Board.

623.632            Self-directed educational activities.

623.634            Structured educational activities.

623.636            Subjects of study.

623.638            Exemptions.

623.640            Retention of certain records by registrant.

623.642            Audits by Board.

623.644            Submission of proof to Board; violation.

623.646            Noncompliance with requirements.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

623.720            Notice of change of address or place of employment.

623.740            Use of corporate or fictitious names.

623.750            Seal for architect.

623.755            Seal for registered interior designer.

623.760            Seal for residential designer.

623.763            Validation and use of stamp or seal; responsibility of registrant.

623.766            Contents of plans, specifications and certain other documents submitted to public authority.

623.770            Reproduction of documents.

623.780            Use and possession of plans, drawings and specifications.

623.800            Proposals for publicly funded projects.

623.810            Restrictions on display of work.

623.830            Adoption by reference of standards for interior design.

623.840            Registered interior designers: Collaboration with certain professionals.

623.850            Registered interior designers: Provisions governing technical elements of preparation of designs.

RULES OF CONDUCT FOR REGISTERED INTERIOR DESIGNERS

623.860            Professional competence.

623.865            Disclosure of compensation.

623.870            Information for client; responsibility to report certain violations.

623.875            Prohibited conduct.

623.880            Additional prohibited conduct.

623.885            Grounds for disciplinary action.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION

623.900            Adoption by reference of Rules of Conduct.

623.905            Complaint; notice.

623.910            Written response; failure to file response deemed admission.

623.915            Investigation of complaint; recommendations of Executive Director.

623.920            Advisory committees: Establishment; appointment of members; provisions applicable to members.

623.925            Duties of advisory committee; use of recommendations by Board; obligations of respondent upon acceptance or rejection of recommendations.

623.930            Informal conference between advisory committee and respondent; notice; committee not bound by rules of evidence.

623.935            Decline by respondent to participate in review of complaint.

623.940            Formal hearing; failure to appear; request for continuance.

623.945            Procedure for hearing; exhibits; prehearing motions; informality of proceeding.

623.950            Conditions of probation.

 

GENERAL PROVISIONS

      NAC 623.010  Definitions. (NRS 623.140)  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NAC 623.011 to 623.018, inclusive, have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, eff. 3-22-94; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, 5-20-96; R120-01, 3-4-2002; R154-08, 12-17-2008, eff. 1-1-2010; R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.011  “Board” defined. (NRS 623.140)  “Board” means the State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96)

      NAC 623.012  “Contact hour” defined. (NRS 623.140)  “Contact hour” means 50 minutes of learning or instruction.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R154-08, 12-17-2008, eff. 1-1-2010)

      NAC 623.0125  “Continuing education unit” defined. (NRS 623.140)  “Continuing education unit” means 1 contact hour in a course or program of continuing education approved by the Board.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R154-08, 12-17-2008, eff. 1-1-2010)

      NAC 623.013  “Direct supervision” defined. (NRS 623.140)  “Direct supervision” means the direction given by a supervisor who has control over and detailed professional knowledge of the work prepared by the supervised person.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96)

      NAC 623.015  “Executive Director” defined. (NRS 623.140)  “Executive Director” means the Executive Director of the Board.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96)

      NAC 623.017  “Registrant” defined. (NRS 623.140)  “Registrant” means a person who holds a certificate of registration issued pursuant to the provisions of chapter 623 of NRS.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96)

      NAC 623.018  “Respondent” defined. (NRS 623.140)  “Respondent” means a person against whom a complaint has been filed pursuant to NAC 623.905.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96)

      NAC 623.019  Interpretation of term “from the floor of an interior area of a structure designed for human habitation or occupancy to the ceiling.” (NRS 623.022, 623.140)  The Board will interpret the term “from the floor of an interior area of a structure designed for human habitation or occupancy to the ceiling” as used in subsection 4 of NRS 623.022, to mean that a partition may penetrate the ceiling a short distance if necessary to brace the partition to the structure in compliance with the practice of the industry.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96)

      NAC 623.0195  Interpretation of term “his or her own drawings.” (NRS 623.140, 623.330)  For the purposes of paragraph (d) of subsection 1 of NRS 623.330, the Board interprets the phrase “his or her own drawings” to include only drawings prepared by a contractor or an employee of the contractor.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R056-04, eff. 7-22-2004)

STATE BOARD OF ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN AND RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

      NAC 623.115  Meetings of Board. (NRS 623.140)  The Board will hold regular meetings at least once a quarter of each year at times and places designated by the Board.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 3, eff. 5-7-80]

      NAC 623.135  Duties of Chair. (NRS 623.140)  The Chair of the Board shall:

     1.  If present, preside over the meetings of the Board;

     2.  Except as otherwise provided in NAC 623.920, appoint all committees of the Board;

     3.  Sign all certificates issued by the Board;

     4.  Exclude a person who does not conduct himself or herself in a respectful manner before the Board during a formal or informal proceeding; and

     5.  Perform all other duties pertaining to the office.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 5, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96; R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.145  Duties and authority of Secretary-Treasurer. (NRS 623.140)  The Secretary-Treasurer:

     1.  Shall act as general administrative and financial adviser to the Board.

     2.  May delegate his or her authority to the Executive Director or a person otherwise authorized by the Board as he or she deems appropriate.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 6, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A 10-26-83; 3-22-94; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R120-01, 3-4-2002)

      NAC 623.150  Executive Director. (NRS 623.135, 623.140)

     1.  The Board may retain a person as Executive Director. If an Executive Director is retained, he or she shall be in charge of the offices of the Board and be responsible for any investigations of the Board.

     2.  The Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the Board.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 7, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A 10-26-83; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R120-01, 3-4-2002)

      NAC 623.155  Audits. (NRS 623.135, 623.140)  The Board will retain a certified public accountant to audit all of its fiscal records at the close of each fiscal year.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 8, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R120-01, 3-4-2002)

      NAC 623.160  Financial administration: Duties of Secretary-Treasurer. (NRS 623.140)  The Secretary-Treasurer shall deposit all fees collected by the Board in a commercial account in the name of the Board in a bank in the State of Nevada selected by a majority of the members of the Board. Ordinary or recurring disbursements by the Board must be made from the commercial account. The Secretary-Treasurer shall also establish in the name of the Board one or more savings accounts in a financial institution in this State selected by a majority of the members of the Board.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 9, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96; R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.170  Supplement of budget. (NRS 623.140)  The Board may, upon a majority vote of a quorum of the Board, supplement its budget for any emergency expense of the Board by using any money available.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 11, eff. 5-7-80]

      NAC 623.175  Seal. (NRS 623.120, 623.140)  The seal of the Board is embossed and consists of two concentric circles, one approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter and the other approximately 1 7/8 inches in diameter. The words “State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design” are centered between the two circles and begin near the middle of the left side, run across the top of the seal and end near the middle of the right side. The words “of Nevada” are centered between the two circles at the bottom of the seal. Within the inner circle is the shield of the Board.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 2, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96)

REGISTRATION

General Provisions

      NAC 623.215  Application for registration. (NRS 623.140)

     1.  An application for registration as an architect, registered interior designer or residential designer must be made on a form prescribed by the Board.

     2.  The application must include:

     (a) The applicant’s name and social security number, the number of his or her driver’s license, and the addresses and telephone numbers of his or her business and residence;

     (b) The applicant’s birthplace and date of birth;

     (c) A statement indicating whether the application is for certification by written examination or by evidence of registration and certification in another jurisdiction;

     (d) The names and addresses of the applicant’s associates in business and the employer from whom the applicant has solicited a letter of reference; and

     (e) A statement indicating whether the applicant has ever been arrested and, if so, the date, place, nature and final disposition of the charge.

     3.  Each application must be notarized.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 12, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A 10-26-83; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R113-99, 12-4-2000; R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.225  Conditions under which application becomes inactive; reinstatement of inactive application. (NRS 623.140)

     1.  An application for registration as an architect, registered interior designer or residential designer becomes inactive if:

     (a) The applicant is applying for registration as an architect or residential designer on the basis of certification in another jurisdiction and the application process is not completed within 1 year after the date on which the application is filed; or

     (b) The applicant is applying for registration as an architect, registered interior designer or residential designer on the basis of examination and fails to participate in the applicable examinations for 5 consecutive years.

     2.  To reinstate an inactive application:

     (a) An applicant for registration as an architect or residential designer on the basis of certification in another jurisdiction must submit a revised application for registration, accompanied by a fee for examination as determined by the Board. An applicant for registration as an architect must also request that the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards transmit a copy of its current blue folder concerning the applicant to the Board. The file must show that the applicant is in good standing with the National Council.

     (b) An applicant for registration as an architect, registered interior designer or residential designer on the basis of examination must reapply by submitting a new application, along with the appropriate fees and materials, in the form required for such an application.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 13, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A 10-26-83; 12-15-86; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, 5-20-96; R120-01, 3-4-2002; R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.280  Renewal or restoration of expired certificate of registration. (NRS 623.140, 623.260)

     1.  If the holder of a certificate which has expired through failure to be renewed has not obtained a renewal of the certificate within 1 year pursuant to NRS 623.260, the holder of the certificate may obtain a renewal of the certificate at any time before the end of the third year after the date of the certificate’s expiration by:

     (a) Submitting a letter of application for a renewal to the Board;

     (b) Completing the requirements for continuing education for each year during which the license is expired; and

     (c) Paying the required fee for late renewal.

     2.  A person whose certificate has expired and has not been renewed within 3 years after the date of its expiration is no longer entitled to have it renewed, but may have it restored. A new registration number and certificate will be issued by the Board if the person complies with the following procedure:

     (a) If the expired certificate was obtained on the basis of certification in another jurisdiction, the person must reapply to the Board in accordance with the provisions of NAC 623.410.

     (b) If the expired certificate was obtained on the basis of examination in Nevada, the person must:

          (1) Submit a new application to the Board;

          (2) Submit a certificate of good standing from every state in which he or she is licensed or has been registered;

          (3) If required by the Board, appear before the Board for an oral interview; and

          (4) Pay any required fees.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 19, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A 10-26-83; 9-15-89; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R076-13, 2-26-2014)—(Substituted in revision for NAC 623.710)

      NAC 623.290  Fees. (NRS 623.140, 623.180, 623.310)

     1.  The following fees are prescribed and will be collected by the Board at the time an application is made or material is furnished:

     (a) For an examination for a certificate:

 

          (1) For the examination for registration as a residential designer if the entire examination is taken at one time.......................................................................................

          $300

          (2) If the entire examination is not taken at one time:

 

               (I) For the graphic section of the examination for registration as a residential designer

            150

               (II) For each written section of the examination for registration as a residential designer............................................................................................................

              75

          (3) For the written examination for registration as a registered interior designer...

            100

          (4) By reciprocity or other means requiring special action by the Board................

            300

          (5) For the computer architect registration examination, in addition to the regular fee for examination............................................................................................................

              50

     (b) For a certificate of registration...............................................................................

            125

     (c) For the late renewal of an expired certificate of registration within 1 year after its expiration......................................................................................................................

            220

     (d) For the late renewal of a certificate which has been expired for more than 1 year but not more than 3 years..................................................................................................

            300

     (e) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (f), for an initial registration or a renewal of a registration....................................................................................................

            150

     (f) For an initial registration issued in November or December...................................

              75

     (g) For restoration of an expired or revoked certificate of registration.......................

            300

     (h) For replacement of a certificate of registration......................................................

              30

     (i) For application forms..............................................................................................

              25

     2.  The Board will, upon request, make available the schedule of fees charged by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards for the examination for registration as an architect and for retaking any part or parts of the examination.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 21, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A 5-13-82; 10-26-83; 11-7-85; 2-24-86; 12-15-86; 12-17-87; 9-30-88; 11-21-88; 9-15-89; 3-22-94; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, 5-20-96; 11-14-97; R178-99, 2-16-2000; R230-03, 4-30-2004)

      NAC 623.300  Evaluation of training received by applicant. (NRS 623.140, 623.190)

     1.  To evaluate the training being received by an applicant, the Board will consider the organization which is providing the training to be an office of a registered architect if:

     (a) The applicant works under the direct supervision of a registered architect who is the principal of the organization;

     (b) The organization is not engaged in construction; and

     (c) The organization has no affiliate engaged in construction which has a substantial economic effect on the principal of the organization.

     2.  An organization or its affiliate is considered to be primarily engaged in construction if it customarily:

     (a) Provides labor or material for all or any significant part of a project of construction, whether or not compensation is paid by a lump sum or on a cost plus basis; or

     (b) Agrees to guarantee to an owner of a project the maximum cost of the construction of all or a significant part of the project.

     3.  For the purpose of this section, a person is a principal of an organization if he or she:

     (a) Is a registered architect; and

     (b) Is in charge of the organization’s architectural practice alone or with other registered architects.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, eff. 10-26-83)—(Substituted in revision for NAC 623.485)

      NAC 623.310  Determination of practice as principal. (NRS 623.140, 623.190)  The following provisions apply to all applicants for registration:

     1.  A stockholder, director or officer of a corporation who is authorized to engage in the practice of architecture or residential design or practice as a registered interior designer is not considered to be practicing as a principal solely because of his or her position in the corporation.

     2.  No employee of a corporation is considered to be practicing as a principal unless he or she is a director or officer of the corporation.

     3.  In any firm composed of general partners as well as limited partners or associates, or both, the general partners are considered by the Board to be practicing as principals. Persons who share in the profits of a firm but not in the losses, or who are not liable for the acts of the firm, will not be considered to be practicing as principals.

     4.  Architects, registered interior designers and residential designers who are employed by firms engaged in the design and construction of buildings, whether by the same or affiliated organizations, are not considered to be practicing as principals.

     5.  The term “principal” may only be used by persons registered pursuant to chapter 623 of NRS.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 23, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A 10-26-83; 10-24-91; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R012-06, 5-4-2006)

Qualifications of Architect

      NAC 623.400  Examination for registration; oath before Board. (NRS 623.140, 623.190)

     1.  The Board hereby adopts the architectural examination prepared by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards as the examination to be used in this State to test applicants for registration as architects.

     2.  In addition to the qualifications of minimum age and good moral character which are prescribed in subsection 1 of NRS 623.190, to participate in the examination an applicant must, except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, have completed or be enrolled in the Intern Development Program of the National Council as the Program existed at the time of application for registration and have received or be eligible to receive a first professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc.

     3.  An applicant who received 7 years of credits for education and practical training before January 1, 1986, may participate in the examination after the applicant has received a total of 8 years of credits for education and practical training pursuant to NAC 623.445. Of the 8 years immediately preceding the date on which the application is submitted, the applicant must have had 3 years of experience in the office and under the direct supervision of a registered architect.

     4.  An applicant who has completed or is enrolled in the Intern Development Program must have the National Council transmit adequate evidence thereof to the Board. If necessary, to evaluate the training received by an applicant who participated or is enrolled in the Program, the Board will require the applicant to substantiate the quality and character of the training during the Program.

     5.  Requests for information regarding the Intern Development Program must be directed to the:

 

  NATIONAL COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURAL

       REGISTRATION BOARDS

  1801 K Street, N.W., Suite 700K

  Washington, D.C. 20006-1310

  (202) 783-6500

  www.ncarb.org

 

     6.  Upon the applicant’s successful completion of all parts of the written examination, each applicant must personally appear before the Board to take an oath prescribed by the Board.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 15, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A 8-9-82; 10-26-83; 1-25-85; 7-15-88; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R120-01, 3-4-2002; R230-03, 4-30-2004; R076-13, 2-26-2014)—(Substituted in revision for NAC 623.235)

      NAC 623.410  Registration and certification in another jurisdiction in lieu of examination. (NRS 623.140, 623.210)

     1.  Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (g), the Board will, in lieu of all examinations, accept satisfactory evidence of an applicant’s registration and certification as an architect in another jurisdiction if the applicant has all of the following qualifications:

     (a) Is of good moral character.

     (b) At the date of application, qualifies to take the architect’s examination.

     (c) Holds a current certification by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and the file which is maintained by the National Council shows that the applicant is in good standing. The applicant must request that the National Council transmit a copy of this file to the Board.

     (d) Has passed the:

          (1) Architect Registration Examination prepared by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards;

          (2) Professional examination prepared by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the qualifying test or equivalency examination if required by the standards of the National Council;

          (3) Seven-part national examination prepared by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, for which 36 hours are scheduled for its completion; or

          (4) Any other examination the Board considers equivalent.

Ê If the examination was prepared by the National Council, the examination and the procedures used in grading it must meet the standards of the National Council at the time the applicant took the examination.

     (e) Has acceptable qualifications concerning seismism, such as having completed:

          (1) The structural examination of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards; or

          (2) A treatise that has been accepted by a member Board within Region 6 of the Western Conference of the Architectural Registration Boards.

     (f) Has a record which does not show any revocation or suspension of a registration for any disciplinary reason.

     (g) Has successfully completed a brief written examination covering chapter 623 of NRS, the appropriate code of ethics and the provisions of this chapter.

     (h) If required, at the discretion of the Executive Director or a person otherwise authorized by the Board, has received a favorable evaluation based on a personal interview before the Board. Each interview will be conducted at a time and place designated by the Board.

     2.  If the applicant meets all the qualifications set forth in this chapter and chapter 623 of NRS and receives the approval of the Board, the applicant is entitled to registration as an architect if the applicant submits the applicable fee for certification.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 16, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A 10-26-83; 12-15-86; 12-17-87; 10-18-89; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R120-01, 3-4-2002; R076-13, 2-26-2014)—(Substituted in revision for NAC 623.270)

      NAC 623.445  Credit for education or training. (NRS 623.140, 623.190)  An applicant for registration as an architect may acquire credit for education or training under the following table:

 

TABLE OF EQUIVALENTS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

       First                                    Maximum

          2              Succeeding          Years      Years               Years             Allowed

 

 

TRAINING

            Credit                 Maximum

          Allowed                  Credit

         (Percent)                Allowed

DESCRIPTION OF EXPERIENCE

 

 

             (Percent)

 

 

      1.  For a bachelor’s degree in architecture or credits from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc., or for a master’s degree in architecture from a school of architecture accredited by that Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        100                  100               5 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      2.  For the first professional degree in architecture or credits toward that degree under a program which has been accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc., not later than 2 years after termination of enrollment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         75                   100               5 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      3.  For the first professional degree in architecture or credits toward that degree under a program which has not been accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

         75                    75                4 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      4.  For a bachelor’s degree or credits toward that degree in architectural engineering or architectural technology or in civil, mechanical or electrical engineering under a program which has been accredited by the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology or ABET, Inc., or for a bachelor’s degree in interior architecture under a program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         50                    75                3 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      5.  For any other bachelor’s degree.

 

 

                                                     2 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      6.  For employment directly related to architectural work in the office of a registered architect.

 

 

 

         50                    50                5 years

 

 

 

             100                    No Limit

 

 

 

 

 

      7.  For experience as an employee of an organization which is regularly involved in the business of construction if the experience is not in the office of a registered architect but is directly related to architectural work and is under the direct supervision of a registered architect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         50                    50                4 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             100                     2 years

 

 

 

 

 

      8.  For experience as an employee of an organization, other than in the office of a registered architect, if the experience is directly related to architectural work and is directly supervised by a professional engineer or a landscape architect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              50                       1 year

 

 

 

 

 

      9.  For experience other than that gained by work described in subsections 6, 7 and 8, if the experience is directly related to operations on a construction site or to physical analyses of existing buildings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              50                     6 months

 

 

 

 

 

      10.  A master’s or doctoral degree in architecture, unless the degree is the first professional degree.

 

 

 

 

 

             100                      1 year

 

 

 

 

 

      11.  For teaching or research under an architectural program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

             100                      1 year

 

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, eff. 10-26-83; A 10-26-84; 9-15-89; 10-24-91; 2-1-94; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R055-04, 7-22-2004; R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.455  Conditions for credit for education. (NRS 623.140, 623.190)  The credit to be allowed for the education described in the table in NAC 623.445 is subject to the following conditions:

     1.  Credit for education must be earned after graduation from high school.

     2.  For the completion of the degrees described in subsections 1 to 5, inclusive, of NAC 623.445, an applicant will receive the maximum credit allowed, regardless of the length of the program to obtain the degree. An applicant with a bachelor’s degree described in that table who has participated in more than one program may not receive credit for more than 3 years in the aggregate for the degree.

     3.  Thirty-two semester hours or 48 quarter hours with passing grades is considered to be 1 year. Credit will be allowed for full years or half years only. A fraction of more than half a year must be rounded to the nearest half year and fractions of less than a half year must not be counted for credit.

     4.  An applicant will be allowed credit for education in a foreign college or university only for a nonarchitectural bachelor’s degree or for the first professional degree under a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc., within 2 years after the period of the applicant’s enrollment. The applicant must pay the cost of any translation or evaluation necessary to determine the credit for this education.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, eff. 10-26-83)

      NAC 623.465  Conditions for credits for training completed after August 9, 1982. (NRS 623.140, 623.190)  The credit to be allowed for the training described in the table in NAC 623.445 is subject to the following conditions:

     1.  Credit for training may be earned only after at least 2 1/2 credits have been earned for education.

     2.  After 5 years of education, each applicant must earn at least 1 year of credit for employment in the office of a registered architect.

     3.  To be allowed credit for a master’s or doctoral degree in architecture or for teaching or research in an architectural program, the subjects studied, taught or researched by the applicant must be evaluated by the Board and found to be related directly to architecture. Twenty semester hours or 30 quarter hours of teaching or research is considered to be 1 year.

     4.  Credits may not be used for both education and training.

     5.  An applicant, upon request by the Board, must substantiate his or her training by showing that it meets the requirements of an intern in the Intern Development Program of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, eff. 10-26-83; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R230-03, 4-30-2004)

      NAC 623.475  Additional conditions for credits for education or training completed after August 9, 1982. (NRS 623.140, 623.190)

     1.  To earn full credit for education or training pursuant to NAC 623.445, an applicant must have worked at least 10 consecutive:

     (a) Weeks for credit pursuant to subsection 6 of NAC 623.445; and

     (b) Months for credit pursuant to subsections 7, 8 and 9 of NAC 623.445.

     2.  An applicant may earn half of the credit required in subsection 6 of NAC 623.445 by working at least 20 hours a week during periods of 6 or more consecutive months. No applicant may receive credit for part-time work for any other training described in NAC 623.445.

     3.  The Board will accept other education and training completed by an applicant if it finds that the training or education is equivalent to the education or training described in NAC 623.445.

     4.  If necessary to evaluate the credits of an applicant for examination, the Board will require the applicant to substantiate the statement that he or she has complied with the education and training requirements specified in this chapter.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, eff. 10-26-83; A 10-24-91)

Qualifications of Residential Designer

      NAC 623.500  Examination for registration. (NRS 623.140, 623.190)  Any person who:

     1.  Applies to the Board pursuant to NAC 623.215; and

     2.  Has a total of 5 years of credit for education and practical training as outlined in NAC 623.505,

Ê is qualified to participate in the examination for registration as a residential designer.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 14, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A 10-26-83; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R055-04, 7-22-2004)—(Substituted in revision for NAC 623.245)

      NAC 623.505  Requirements and credit for education and training. (NRS 623.140, 623.190)  An applicant for registration as a residential designer must have a combination of at least 5 years of education and training with at least 1 year in education, or the equivalent, and at least 1 year in training. An applicant for registration as a residential designer may acquire credit for education and training only pursuant to the following table:

 

TABLE OF EQUIVALENTS:

 

 

 

EDUCATION

TRAINING

 

First

2

Years

 

Succeeding

Years

Maximum

Years

Allowed

Credit

Allowed (Percent)

Maximum

Credit

Allowed

DESCRIPTION OF EXPERIENCE

(Percent)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      1.  For a bachelor’s degree in architecture or credits from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc., or for a master’s degree in architecture from a school of architecture accredited by that Board.

100

100

4 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      2.  For the first professional degree in architecture or credits toward that degree under a program which has not been accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc.

 

 

 

75

 

 

 

100

 

 

 

4 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      3.  For a bachelor’s degree or credits toward that degree in architectural engineering or architectural technology or in civil, mechanical or electrical engineering under a program which has been accredited by the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology or ABET, Inc., or for a bachelor’s degree in interior design or interior architecture under a program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

50

75

3 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      4.  For an associate’s or bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in residential design as approved by the Board.

100

100

2 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      5.  For any other bachelor’s degree.

 

 

2 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      6.  For experience as an employee under the direct supervision of a residential designer or an architect who is registered pursuant to this chapter and chapter 623 of NRS.

50

 

1 year

100

4 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

      7.  For employment directly related to residential design under the direct supervision of a landscape architect who is registered pursuant to chapter 623A of NRS.

 

 

 

50

1 year

 

 

 

 

 

 

      8.  For employment directly related to residential design under the direct supervision of a licensed professional engineer who is registered pursuant to chapter 625 of NRS.

 

 

 

50

2 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

      9.  For employment directly related to residential design under the direct supervision of a registered interior designer who is registered pursuant to this chapter and chapter 623 of NRS.

 

 

 

50

1 year

 

 

 

 

 

 

      10.  For employment directly related to residential design as an employee of a contractor who is licensed pursuant to chapter 624 of NRS.

 

 

 

50

2 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

      11.  For experience as a licensed general building contractor, with a subclassification AB or B-2, who is licensed pursuant to chapter 624 of NRS. The amount of credit allowed will be determined by the Board, based on the quality of experience obtained for projects that have been designed and constructed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As determined by the Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

      12.  For experience in an organization that provides residential drafting services to architects or residential designers who are registered pursuant to this chapter and chapter 623 of NRS. The work experience must be documented on a form provided by the Board and verified by the architect or residential designer for whom the drafting services were provided.

 

 

 

50

1 year

 

 

 

 

 

 

      13.  For experience in an organization that provides drafting services to professional engineers who are registered pursuant to chapter 625 of NRS. The work experience must be documented on a form provided by the Board and verified by the professional engineer for whom the drafting services were provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 year

 

Ê For the purposes of this section, 1 year of education is equivalent to the completion of at least 32 semester hours or 48 quarter hours and one-half year of education is equivalent to the completion of at least 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours. The Board will only grant credit for education in increments of 1 year or one-half year of education. The Board will round down to one-half year of education any amount of credit which is equal to or greater than one-half year of education but less than 1 year of education. The Board will not count as credit for the purposes of satisfying the requirements of this section any amount of credit which is less than one-half year of education.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R055-04, eff. 7-22-2004; A by R093-06, 6-28-2006; R076-13, 2-26-2014)

Qualifications of Interior Designer: Program of Interior Design Not Accredited by Foundation for Interior Design Education Research

      NAC 623.562  Definitions. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)  As used in NAC 623.562 to 623.594, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NAC 623.564 to 623.570, inclusive, have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004)

      NAC 623.564  “Applicant” defined. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)  “Applicant” means an applicant for a certificate of registration to practice as a registered interior designer who has successfully completed a program of interior design which is not accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004; A by R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.566  “Ergonomics” defined. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)  “Ergonomics” means the study of how work affects people and of efforts to reduce worker fatigue and adverse physiological responses to environmental stressors, complex psychomotor tasks and visual monitoring.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004)

      NAC 623.568  “Program of interior design” defined. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)  “Program of interior design” means a program of interior design which is not accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004; A by R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.570  “Student” defined. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)  “Student” means an applicant during his or her enrollment in a program of interior design.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004)

      NAC 623.572  Application for registration: Action by Executive Director and subcommittee of Board; placement on agenda of Board; submission of additional information. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)

     1.  The provisions of this section apply only to an application submitted pursuant to NRS 623.192 by an applicant who has successfully completed a program of interior design which is not accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

     2.  Upon the receipt of an application and appropriate supporting information, the Executive Director shall:

     (a) Establish a subcommittee of the Board to review the application. If possible, at least one of the members of the subcommittee must be a registered interior designer. A subcommittee established pursuant to this paragraph may be composed of architects or registered interior designers who hold a certificate of registration issued pursuant to chapter 623 of NRS.

     (b) Provide each member of the subcommittee with a copy of each pending application and any supporting information.

     3.  The subcommittee shall:

     (a) Meet at least once during each period of 90 days in which any applications are awaiting its review.

     (b) Meet in a closed session to consider the qualifications of an applicant.

     (c) Weigh the application against the requirements of NAC 623.562 to 623.594, inclusive.

     (d) Open its meeting to the public when taking any action.

     4.  After the subcommittee reviews an application, the subcommittee shall:

     (a) Provide the applicant with its preliminary decision concerning the application.

     (b) If the subcommittee finds that the application and supporting information:

          (1) Are sufficient to determine whether the program of interior design completed by the applicant is substantially equivalent to a program of interior design accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, recommend to the Board whether to approve pursuant to subparagraph (2) of paragraph (d) of subsection 1 of NRS 623.192 the program of interior design completed by the applicant. The application will be placed on the agenda for consideration by the Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

          (2) Are not sufficient to determine whether the program of interior design completed by the applicant is substantially equivalent to a program of interior design accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, provide the applicant with a written request for the information necessary to make that determination. Within 90 days after receiving such a request, the applicant must provide to the subcommittee an original and three additional copies of the information requested or a written request for additional time to supplement the information supporting the application, or may notify the subcommittee of the applicant’s intention not to supplement that supporting information. Within 90 days after the subcommittee receives any supplemental information from an applicant pursuant to this subparagraph, the subcommittee shall forward to the Board its recommendation of whether to approve pursuant to subparagraph (2) of paragraph (d) of subsection 1 of NRS 623.192 the program of interior design completed by the applicant.

     5.  As used in this section, “application” means an application submitted pursuant to NRS 623.192 by an applicant who has successfully completed a program of interior design which is not accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004; A by R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.574  Application for registration: Action by Board; prerequisites to approval of program. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)  The Board:

     1.  Will act upon any recommendations submitted pursuant to NAC 623.572 in a public meeting, but may hold a closed session to receive evidence concerning the competence of an applicant for a certificate of registration to practice as a registered interior designer.

     2.  Will not approve pursuant to subparagraph (2) of paragraph (d) of subsection 1 of NRS 623.192 the program of interior design completed by an applicant unless that program complies with the requirements of NAC 623.576, the minimum requirements for satisfaction of the standards set forth in NAC 623.578 to 623.594, inclusive, and at least nine of the additional criteria set forth in NAC 623.578 to 623.594, inclusive, for the satisfaction of those standards.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004)

      NAC 623.576  General requirements for program. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)

     1.  The program of interior design completed by an applicant must provide for the issuance of at least a bachelor’s degree to a student who successfully completes the program and, at the time of the issuance of that degree to the applicant, must:

     (a) Require for the issuance of that degree at least 30 semester credit hours or 45 quarter credit hours of general liberal arts; and

     (b) Be part of an institution located:

          (1) Within the United States or Canada which is accredited by an institutional accrediting body that is recognized by the United States Department of Education or by a Canadian provincial ministry of education; or

          (2) Outside of the United States or Canada which is:

               (I) Part of an educational system based in the United States or Canada; and

               (II) Accredited by an institutional accrediting body that is recognized by the United States Department of Education or by a Canadian provincial ministry of education.

     2.  As used in this section:

     (a) “Quarter credit hour” means 1 hour of credit for a course which has a duration measured in quarters.

     (b) “Semester credit hour” means 1 hour of credit for a course which has a duration measured in semesters.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004)

      NAC 623.578  Standards for program: Curriculum. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)

     1.  The curriculum of the program of interior design completed by an applicant must be structured to facilitate and advance student learning.

     2.  The criteria for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are whether:

     (a) The curriculum follows a logical sequence in which the contents of courses increase in degree of difficulty;

     (b) The standards set forth in NAC 623.580 to 623.592, inclusive, are interrelated and reinforced throughout the curriculum;

     (c) Projects show variety and complexity in type, size and scope;

     (d) The teaching and learning methods incorporate the experience of team approaches to design solutions;

     (e) The teaching and learning methods incorporate experiences which provide interaction with multiple disciplines representing a variety of points of view and perspectives on design problems;

     (f) The curriculum provides interaction with practicing design professionals; and

     (g) The curriculum provides exposure to a variety of business cultures and organizational structures.

     3.  The minimum requirements for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are compliance with the criteria set forth in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of subsection 2 and at least one of the remaining criteria set forth in that subsection.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004)

      NAC 623.580  Standards for program: Development of professional attitudes, traits and values. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)

     1.  The program of interior design completed by an applicant must lead the student to develop the attitudes, traits and values of professional responsibility, accountability and effectiveness.

     2.  The criteria for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are whether:

     (a) The curriculum incorporates learning experiences that address the needs of clients or users, or both, and their responses to the interior environment;

     (b) The curriculum provides learning experiences that address professional ethics and the role of ethics in interior design;

     (c) The curriculum provides learning experiences that address a consciousness of alternate points of view and the appreciation of cultural diversity;

     (d) The curriculum provides learning experiences that address the ability of a designer to affect people and the environment;

     (e) The curriculum provides learning experiences that address a global perspective and approach to thinking and problem solving;

     (f) The curriculum includes learning experiences that incorporate critical, analytical and strategic thinking;

     (g) The curriculum includes learning experiences that incorporate creative thinking;

     (h) The curriculum includes learning experiences that incorporate the ability to think visually and volumetrically;

     (i) The curriculum includes learning experiences that incorporate professional discipline; and

     (j) The curriculum includes learning experiences that incorporate active listening skills leading to the effective interpretation of requirements.

     3.  The minimum requirements for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are compliance with at least five of the criteria set forth in subsection 2.

     4.  As used in this section:

     (a) “Active listening skills” means attending to the content of what is being said and acknowledging an understanding of the message being conveyed in an empathetic and nonjudgmental manner, primarily in conversations in which two or more persons seek mutual understanding of feelings and issues.

     (b) “Creative thinking” means exhibiting a variety of ideas, approaches and concepts with originality and elaboration.

     (c) “Global perspective” means viewing design with an awareness and respect for the cultural and social differences of people and the ecological issues that affect the health, safety and welfare of the planet, and understanding the implications of conducting the business of design within a world market.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004)

      NAC 623.582  Standards for program: Foundation in fundamentals. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)

     1.  The program of interior design completed by an applicant must ensure that the student has a foundation in the fundamentals of art and design, theories of design and human behavior, and discipline-related history.

     2.  The criteria for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are whether work by the student demonstrates an understanding of:

     (a) The design fundamentals regarding the elements of design and the principles of design;

     (b) The design fundamentals regarding color principles, theories and systems, including additive and subtractive color, color mixing, hue, value and intensity, and the relationship of light and color;

     (c) The design fundamentals regarding theories of design and design composition, including functionalism and gestalt;

     (d) The design fundamentals regarding the principles of lighting design, including color, quality, sources and uses;

     (e) Theories of human behavior and interior environments, including:

          (1) The human factors of ergonomics, anthropometry and anthropometrics; and

          (2) The relationship between human behavior and the built environment;

     (f) The history of art;

     (g) The history of architecture;

     (h) The history of interiors; and

     (i) The history of furnishings.

     3.  The minimum requirements for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are compliance with the criteria set forth in paragraphs (a) and (e) of subsection 2 and at least five of the remaining criteria set forth in that subsection.

     4.  As used in this section:

     (a) “Anthropometrics” means the science of measurement of the human body to determine guidelines such as clearances and standard heights.

     (b) “Anthropometry” means the study of people in terms of their physical dimensions.

     (c) “Design composition” means:

          (1) The theoretical base for constructing, viewing and judging the interrelationships of objects, spaces and materials; and

          (2) The compositional theories focusing primarily on how the physical arrangement of elements affects the human perception of those elements.

     (d) “Elements of design” includes space, line, mass, shape and texture.

     (e) “Principles of design” includes scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, emphasis, harmony and variety.

     (f) “Theories of design” means theories developed to enable designers to formulate, apply and evaluate essential design elements and principles to meet human needs and fulfill human aspirations.

     (g) “Understanding” means a thorough comprehension of concepts and their interrelationships.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004)

      NAC 623.584  Standards for program: Knowledge, skills, processes and theories of interior design. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)

     1.  The program of interior design completed by an applicant must ensure that the student understands and applies the knowledge, skills, processes and theories of interior design.

     2.  The criteria for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are whether work by the student:

     (a) Follows a process and demonstrates the ability to apply:

          (1) Two-dimensional design elements and principles in interior design projects; and

          (2) Three-dimensional design elements and principles to the development of the spatial envelope, including volumes of space, visual continuity and balance, visual passages and interconnecting elements;

     (b) Follows a process and demonstrates the ability to select and apply color in interior design projects;

     (c) Demonstrates programming skills regarding problem identification and problem solving;

     (d) Demonstrates programming skills regarding the identification of the needs of clients or users, or both;

     (e) Demonstrates programming skills regarding the gathering, research and analysis of information;

     (f) Demonstrates competence in schematic design and concept development skills regarding space planning, including adjacencies, circulation and the articulation and shaping of space;

     (g) Demonstrates competence in schematic design and concept development skills regarding concept statements;

     (h) Demonstrates competence in schematic design and concept development skills regarding the ability to visualize concepts through sketching;

     (i) Demonstrates competence in design development skills regarding:

          (1) The selection of interior finishes and materials;

          (2) The detailed and developed layout of furniture, fixtures and equipment;

          (3) Space plans, elevations, sketches and study models; and

          (4) The selection and application of luminaires and lighting sources;

     (j) Demonstrates competence in design development skills regarding the detailed and developed selection of furniture;

     (k) Demonstrates competence in design development skills regarding the justification of design solutions relative to the goals and objectives of the project program;

     (l) Demonstrates competence in design development skills regarding the appropriate selection and application of decorative elements;

     (m) Demonstrates competence in skills regarding the preparation of drawings, schedules and specifications as an integrated system of contract documents which are appropriate to the size and scope of a project and sufficiently extensive to show how design solutions and interior construction are related;

     (n) Demonstrates design development skills regarding the appropriate selection and application of art and accessories;

     (o) Demonstrates design development skills regarding the ability to design custom interior elements;

     (p) Demonstrates design development skills regarding the methods of wayfinding; and

     (q) Demonstrates design development skills regarding graphic identification.

     3.  The minimum requirements for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are compliance with the criteria set forth in paragraphs (a), (c), (f), (i) and (m) of subsection 2 and at least eight of the remaining criteria set forth in that subsection.

     4.  As used in this section:

     (a) “Competence” means the ability to apply successfully concepts and information to complete specific tasks.

     (b) “Decorative elements” means elements, other than art or accessories, which help express the character of a job or client, or both, and which are not an integrated part of the interior architecture of a building.

     (c) “Graphic identification” means the design of things that people see and read in interiors and buildings and methods for finding direction and corporate identity in such things as symbols and logos which attempt to maximize both communication and aesthetic quality.

     (d) “Skill” means the ability to do something well as a result of practical experience.

     (e) “Spatial envelope” includes the spaces contained within a large architectural volume and the interior spaces inside a building, as defined by walls, floor and ceiling, and may include the effect of the spatial arrangement within the defined volume and the spatial arrangement of those volumes.

     (f) “Wayfinding” means strategies used by people to find their way in both new and familiar settings, incorporating perceptual and cognitive reactions to architectural, graphic, visual, aural and tactile elements present in the environment.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004)

      NAC 623.586  Standards for program: Communication. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)

     1.  The program of interior design completed by an applicant must ensure that the student communicates effectively.

     2.  The criteria for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are whether:

     (a) Work by the student demonstrates competence in manual or computer-aided techniques of drafting and lettering;

     (b) Work by the student demonstrates competence in illustrative sketching;

     (c) Work by the student demonstrates competence in the presentation of color, materials and furnishings;

     (d) The student expresses ideas clearly in oral presentations and critiques;

     (e) The student communicates clearly in writing, using correct spelling, grammar and syntax, in specifications, schedules, contracts and other business-related documents such as project programs, concept statements, reports, research papers, resumes and correspondences;

     (f) Work by the student demonstrates the ability to render by pencil, marker or another manual medium, computer or any other medium that successfully communicates the design intent;

     (g) Work by the student demonstrates the ability to draw in perspective;

     (h) Work by the student demonstrates the ability to construct models;

     (i) Work by the student demonstrates the ability to apply the metric system; and

     (j) Work by the student demonstrates the ability to communicate through alternative presentation techniques.

     3.  The minimum requirements for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are compliance with the criteria set forth in paragraphs (a) and (e) of subsection 2 and at least three of the remaining criteria set forth in that subsection.

     4.  As used in this section, “competence” means the ability to apply successfully concepts and information to complete specific tasks.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004)

      NAC 623.588  Standards for program: Building systems, materials and products. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)

     1.  The program of interior design completed by an applicant must ensure that the student designs within the context of building systems and uses appropriate materials and products.

     2.  The criteria for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are whether:

     (a) The student has an understanding that design solutions affect and are impacted by:

          (1) Construction systems and methods, including wood frames, steel frames, masonry and concrete;

          (2) Power distribution systems;

          (3) Mechanical systems, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing;

          (4) Lighting systems; and

          (5) Ceiling systems;

     (b) The student has an understanding that design solutions affect and are impacted by energy management;

     (c) The student has an understanding that design solutions affect and are impacted by data and voice telecommunication systems;

     (d) The student has an understanding that design solutions affect and are impacted by flooring systems, including raised and heated floors;

     (e) The student has an understanding that design solutions affect and are impacted by security systems;

     (f) The student has an understanding that design solutions affect and are impacted by acoustics;

     (g) The student has an understanding that design solutions affect and are impacted by the interface of building systems with systems of furniture for work stations;

     (h) Work by the student demonstrates that materials and products are appropriately selected and applied on the basis of their properties and criteria for performance;

     (i) The student has knowledge of sources for materials and products;

     (j) The student has an understanding of the concept of sustainable resources;

     (k) The student has knowledge of methods for the installation of carpets, resilient flooring and wall coverings; and

     (l) The student has knowledge of requirements for the maintenance of material.

     3.  The minimum requirements for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are compliance with the criteria set forth in paragraph (a) of subsection 2 and at least seven of the remaining criteria set forth in that subsection.

     4.  As used in this section:

     (a) “Knowledge” means familiarity with data and information.

     (b) “Sustainable resources” means materials that meet the needs of the present without adversely affecting the current or future ecology.

     (c) “Understanding” means a thorough comprehension of concepts and their interrelationships.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004)

      NAC 623.590  Standards for program: Laws, codes, regulations, standards and practices. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)

     1.  The program of interior design completed by an applicant must ensure that the student applies the laws, codes, regulations, standards and practices that protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

     2.  The criteria for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are whether:

     (a) Work by the student demonstrates an understanding of the impact of the following principles of fire and life safety:

          (1) Compartmentalization, including fire separation;

          (2) Movement, including movement on stairwells and through corridors and exit ways;

          (3) Detection, including detection through the use of smoke and heat detectors and alarm systems; and

          (4) Suppression, including suppression through the use of sprinklers and cabinets for fire hoses;

     (b) Work by the student demonstrates the appropriate application of:

          (1) Codes, regulations and standards, including, but not limited to, the International Building Code and the Uniform Building Code and those of the American National Standards Institute, the Construction Specifications Institute and the Illuminating Engineering Society; and

          (2) Concepts for the design of a barrier-free environment, including the Americans with Disabilities Act;

     (c) Work by the student demonstrates the appropriate application of data regarding ergonomics and other human factors;

     (d) The student has an understanding of the impact on health and welfare of:

          (1) The quality of indoor air;

          (2) Noise; and

          (3) Lighting; and

     (e) Work by the student demonstrates an understanding of the concepts and principles of universal design.

     3.  The minimum requirements for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are compliance with the criteria set forth in paragraphs (a), (b) and (d) of subsection 2.

     4.  As used in this section:

     (a) “Barrier-free environment” means an environment that facilitates ease of movement by persons with disabilities.

     (b) “Understanding” means a thorough comprehension of concepts and their interrelationships.

     (c) “Universal design” means products, interiors and buildings that permit convenient and safe use by all users, regardless of the body size, age or physical ability of a user.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004)

      NAC 623.592  Standards for program: Foundation in business and professional practice. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)

     1.  The program of interior design completed by an applicant must ensure that the student has a foundation in business and professional practice.

     2.  The criteria for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are whether:

     (a) Work by the student demonstrates an understanding of the following project management practices:

          (1) The coordination of a project, including the management of input from the various members of a project team;

          (2) Time management;

          (3) Scheduling; and

          (4) Contract administration;

     (b) Work by the student demonstrates an understanding of the project management practice of estimating project costs and fees;

     (c) Work by the student demonstrates an understanding of the project management practice of budget management;

     (d) Work by the student demonstrates an understanding of the project management practice of information management;

     (e) Work by the student demonstrates an understanding of the project management practice of conflict resolution;

     (f) Work by the student demonstrates an understanding of the project management practice of assessment processes, including postoccupancy evaluation, productivity and square-footage ratios;

     (g) The student has an understanding of basic computer applications for business, including word processing and spreadsheets; and

     (h) The student has knowledge of business processes, including marketing, strategic planning and accounting procedures.

     3.  The minimum requirements for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are compliance with the criteria set forth in paragraph (a) of subsection 2 and at least three of the remaining criteria set forth in that subsection.

     4.  As used in this section:

     (a) “Conflict resolution” means the facilitation of solutions to conflicting objectives.

     (b) “Information management” means the collection and dissemination of relevant project information.

     (c) “Knowledge” means familiarity with data and information.

     (d) “Understanding” means a thorough comprehension of concepts and their interrelationships.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004)

      NAC 623.594  Standards for program: Faculty members and other instructional personnel. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)

     1.  The program of interior design completed by an applicant must ensure that its faculty members and instructional personnel are qualified and adequate in number to carry out the objectives of the program.

     2.  The criteria for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are whether:

     (a) Faculty members and other instructional personnel of the program represent more than one professional point of view, type of design background and type of design experience;

     (b) Faculty members and other instructional personnel of the program have academic or professional experience, or both, appropriate to their areas of responsibility;

     (c) Faculty members and other instructional personnel of the program participate in relevant professional or scholarly associations, or both;

     (d) Faculty members and other instructional personnel of the program engage in any scholarly research, practice or other creative activities leading to professional growth and the advancement of the profession;

     (e) A majority of the faculty members and other instructional personnel of the program who supervise the interior design studio have earned a degree in interior design;

     (f) A majority of the faculty members and other instructional personnel of the program who supervise the interior design studio have passed the complete examination of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification; and

     (g) The number of faculty members and other instructional personnel of the program is sufficient to carry out the objectives of the program.

     3.  The minimum requirements for satisfaction of the standard set forth in subsection 1 are compliance with at least two of the criteria set forth in subsection 2.

     4.  As used in this section:

     (a) “Faculty members” means permanent employees with teaching responsibilities.

     (b) “Instructional personnel” means adjunct or temporary employees with teaching responsibilities, including graduate assistants.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R139-04, eff. 10-8-2004)

Continuing Education

      NAC 623.630  General requirements; approval by Board. (NRS 623.140, 623.255)

     1.  Except as otherwise provided in NAC 623.638, to renew a certificate of registration, the registrant must complete at least 8 continuing education units annually. The continuing education units must include:

     (a) Not more than 4 continuing education units in self-directed educational activities pursuant to NAC 623.632;

     (b) Not less than 4 continuing education units in structured educational activities pursuant to NAC 623.634; and

     (c) Not less than 2 continuing education units in self-directed educational activities or structured educational activities in research or learning relating to relevant building codes.

     2.  Continuing education may be completed in any jurisdiction and at any location.

     3.  All courses of instruction, continuing education units and contact hours must be approved by the Board.

     4.  Continuing education units in self-directed educational activities or structured educational activities required by paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection 1 may only be earned in activities that are not part of the regular day-to-day business activities of the registrant.

     5.  The Board may approve one-half of a continuing education unit for a partial contact hour of not less than 25 minutes of learning or instruction.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R154-08, 12-17-2008, eff. 1-1-2010)

      NAC 623.632  Self-directed educational activities. (NRS 623.140, 623.255)

     1.  The self-directed educational activities in which a registrant may earn the continuing education units required by paragraph (a) of subsection 1 of NAC 623.630 include, without limitation:

     (a) Active participation as an officer or a committee or board member of a professional society, organization, board or commission which is related to the registrant’s profession.

     (b) Completion of a course of self-study sponsored by a professional association, a course that is architecturally significant, or an organized individual or group study on a topic which is related to the registrant’s profession.

     (c) Making a professional or technical presentation at a meeting, convention or conference.

     (d) Participation in an activity that contributes to the welfare of the community and is related to the registrant’s profession.

     (e) Publication of material that is related to the registrant’s profession in a paper, article or book.

     (f) Reading a book or magazine article that is related to the registrant’s profession.

     (g) Serving as a mentor or supervisor for the Intern Development Program of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards or the Interior Design Experience Program of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. A registrant may not claim more than 2 continuing education units annually pursuant to this paragraph.

     (h) Teaching or instructing a topic that is related to the registrant’s profession. A registrant may not claim continuing education units pursuant to this paragraph more than once for the same or similar presentations, or if the registrant is a part-time or full-time faculty member at a college, university or other educational institution.

     (i) Viewing a video presentation that is related to the registrant’s profession.

     (j) Visiting a site that is architecturally significant to maintain and strengthen competency in the registrant’s profession.

     2.  The Board may require a detailed synopsis or report concerning any continuing education units claimed by a registrant for a self-directed educational activity.

     3.  As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires, “self-directed educational activity” means an educational activity which primarily consists of a registrant engaging in an activity concerning a subject relating to public health, safety and welfare which is not systematically presented by another person, including the study of such subjects.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R154-08, 12-17-2008, eff. 1-1-2010)

      NAC 623.634  Structured educational activities. (NRS 623.140, 623.255)

     1.  The structured educational activities in which a registrant may earn the continuing education units required by paragraph (b) of subsection 1 of NAC 623.630 include, without limitation:

     (a) Attendance at a meeting, convention or conference;

     (b) Attendance at an in-house program sponsored by a corporation or other organization;

     (c) Successful completion of a course sponsored by a college or university; and

     (d) Successful completion of a seminar, tutorial, short course, Internet course or correspondence course.

     2.  To receive credit for a structured educational activity, a registrant must have received documentation of completion of the structured educational activity from the sponsor of the activity.

     3.  The Board may require a detailed synopsis or report concerning any continuing education units claimed by a registrant for a structured educational activity.

     4.  Not more than 4 continuing education units earned by a registrant in structured educational activities in a calendar year may be carried forward and applied to the requirements for continuing education applicable to the next following calendar year.

     5.  As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires, “structured educational activity” means an educational activity in which the teaching methodology consists primarily of the systematic presentation of technical and professional subjects by a person or group of persons qualified by professional, practical or academic experience to conduct the educational activity.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R154-08, 12-17-2008, eff. 1-1-2010)

      NAC 623.636  Subjects of study. (NRS 623.140, 623.255)  All continuing education units claimed by a registrant for self-directed educational activities and structured educational activities must encompass the study of relevant technical and professional subjects relating to the safeguarding of life, health and property and promoting the public welfare, including, without limitation:

     1.  Accessibility;

     2.  Acoustics;

     3.  Codes of ethics;

     4.  Construction administration;

     5.  Contracts, including, without limitation, relevant laws and other legal matters relating to construction;

     6.  Documents and services relating to construction;

     7.  Energy efficiency;

     8.  Environmental analyses and issues relating to building materials and systems;

     9.  Environmental issues relating to toxicity, including, without limitation, asbestos, lead-based paint and emissions;

     10.  Fire, including, without limitation, fire codes for buildings, spreading of flames, smoke contribution and explosives;

     11.  Functions, materials, methods and systems of construction;

     12.  Insurance to protect the owners of property and injured parties;

     13.  Laws and regulations governing the practice of architecture, interior design and residential design;

     14.  Life-safety codes;

     15.  Materials and systems, including, without limitation, roofs, waterproofing and walls;

     16.  Mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, including, without limitation, concepts, materials and methods;

     17.  Natural hazards relating to building design, including, without limitation, earthquakes, hurricanes and floods;

     18.  Preservation, renovation, restoration and adaptive reuse;

     19.  Programming and design;

     20.  Security of buildings relating to building design;

     21.  Site and soil analysis;

     22.  Site design;

     23.  Specification writing;

     24.  Standards for fire safety systems, fire detection and alarms;

     25.  Structural issues relating to design;

     26.  Surveying methods and techniques;

     27.  Sustainable design; and

     28.  Uses, functions and features of materials used in construction.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R154-08, 12-17-2008, eff. 1-1-2010)

      NAC 623.638  Exemptions. (NRS 623.140, 623.255)

     1.  A registrant holding an initial certificate of registration issued by the Board, not including a temporary certificate of registration, is exempt from the requirements for continuing education for the year in which the certificate of registration was issued and the next following year.

     2.  A registrant who serves on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States for a period of more than 120 consecutive days during a calendar year is exempt from the requirements for continuing education for that calendar year.

     3.  The Board may exempt a registrant from the requirements for continuing education if the registrant cannot meet the requirements because of illness, physical disability or undue hardship, as determined by the Board based on documentation provided by the registrant before the date of expiration of the certificate of registration.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R154-08, 12-17-2008, eff. 1-1-2010)

      NAC 623.640  Retention of certain records by registrant. (NRS 623.140, 623.255)

     1.  Each registrant who claims credit for continuing education units earned during a calendar year shall retain records sufficient to support the continuing education units claimed for not less than 3 years after the date of renewal of his or her certificate of registration. The records must include any continuing education units that the registrant has carried forward.

     2.  The records that must be retained by a registrant include, without limitation:

     (a) A log, on a form prescribed by the Board, which shows the type of activity claimed, sponsoring organization, location, duration, name of the instructor or speaker, and continuing education units earned;

     (b) Verification of attendance, in the form of a certificate of completion, signed attendance receipt, paid receipt, copy of a list of all persons who attended the activity signed by the person in charge of the activity, or other documentation supporting evidence of attendance; or

     (c) Records as maintained by professional repositories which are approved by the Board, including, without limitation, the American Institute of Architects and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R154-08, 12-17-2008, eff. 1-1-2010)

      NAC 623.642  Audits by Board. (NRS 623.140, 623.255)

     1.  The Board may perform random audits of registrants or audits that are based on complaints or charges against registrants to ensure compliance with the requirements for continuing education.

     2.  If the Board chooses to conduct an audit of a registrant, the Board will notify the registrant of its decision to conduct an audit. The registrant shall provide to the Board detailed information and documentation concerning the continuing education units claimed. Falsification of documentation concerning continuing education is grounds for disciplinary action.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R154-08, 12-17-2008, eff. 1-1-2010)

      NAC 623.644  Submission of proof to Board; violation. (NRS 623.140, 623.250, 623.255)

     1.  Each registrant shall, on or before December 31 of each calendar year, submit to the Board proof of the continuing education units claimed for that calendar year, together with the application for the renewal of registration.

     2.  If a registrant violates the provisions of subsection 1, the application for renewal must include the appropriate fee set forth in NAC 623.290 for the late renewal of a certificate of registration.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R154-08, 12-17-2008, eff. 1-1-2010)

      NAC 623.646  Noncompliance with requirements. (NRS 623.140, 623.255)  Failure of a registrant to complete the requirements for continuing education or satisfy the annual requirement for reporting continuing education units to the Board is grounds for the nonrenewal of his or her certificate of registration.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R154-08, 12-17-2008, eff. 1-1-2010)

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

      NAC 623.720  Notice of change of address or place of employment. (NRS 623.140)  Each architect, interior designer or residential designer who holds a certificate of registration shall advise the Board in writing of any change of address or place of employment within 30 days after the change.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 20, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, 5-20-96)

      NAC 623.740  Use of corporate or fictitious names. (NRS 623.140)

     1.  Every corporate or fictitious name proposed for use by a registrant’s firm, partnership, association or corporation must be submitted to the Board for review and approval before it is adopted and used by the firm, partnership, association or corporation.

     2.  A registrant’s firm, partnership, association or corporation may do business under a fictitious name if the name is submitted to the Board for review and is approved by the Board before it is adopted and used by the business. The decision by the Board to approve or disapprove the name will be based upon whether the proposed name complies with the wording and intent of the Board’s applicable code of ethics, guidelines for corporate and fictitious names for registered architects, interior designers or residential designers and chapter 623 of NRS.

     3.  The name of a registrant’s firm, partnership, association or corporation may include names of natural persons only as follows:

     (a) The name of a living registrant who is a member of the business or a former registrant who is or was a member of the business and who is retired or deceased. The status of a retired member must be indicated on the letterhead of a registrant’s business by the word “retired.” The status of a deceased member must be indicated on the letterhead of a registrant’s business by the word “deceased” or numerals showing the years of the member’s birth and death.

     (b) The name of a person who is a member of another architectural or engineering business or business for the practice of landscape architecture only if the person is a living registered architect or landscape architect or licensed professional engineer and is clearly indicated as being an architect, landscape architect or professional engineer.

     (c) The name of a person who is a member of another registered interior designer business or residential designer business only if the person is a living registered interior designer or residential designer and is clearly indicated as being a registered interior designer or residential designer.

     4.  A firm, partnership, association or corporation which is authorized by the Board to use a corporate or fictitious name shall file with the Board the name of each stockholder, director or other member of the business and shall display all the names and the professional status of each registrant on its letterhead.

     5.  Every architectural firm, registered interior designer firm or residential designer firm, partnership, association or corporation shall notify the Board in writing within 30 days after:

     (a) Any change in the ownership or management of the firm, partnership, association or corporation; and

     (b) Any change of a fictitious name that occurs after the initial approval of the Board.

     6.  A licensee may not use the name of a registrant’s firm, partnership, association or corporation or represent a registrant’s firm, partnership, association or corporation in a manner which reflects the association of another licensee who is not a member of that business.

     7.  A registrant’s firm, partnership, association or corporation requesting to use the plural term “architects,” “registered interior designers” or “residential designers” must have more than one such Nevada registrant employed with the firm.

     8.  The Board will approve or deny an application for a name based upon the protection of the general public, which may include, without limitation, the denial of an application if the Board determines the proposed name is potentially false, deceptive or misleading to the general public.

     9.  As used in this section:

     (a) “Fictitious name” means a name that is not the real name of each registrant who is a member of a firm, partnership, association or corporation.

     (b) “Member” means a person who holds not less than 1 percent financial interest in a firm, partnership, association or corporation.

     (c) The terms “registrant,” “registered architect,” “registered landscape architect,” “professional engineer,” “registered interior designer” and “registered residential designer” include only persons registered or licensed in this State.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 35, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A 2-24-86; 9-30-88; 10-24-91; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, 5-20-96; R230-03, 4-30-2004; R012-06, 5-4-2006)

      NAC 623.750  Seal for architect. (NRS 623.140, 623.185)

     1.  Each architect shall obtain and possess an embossed seal, a seal designed as a rubber stamp or a seal in electronic format which complies with the following specifications:

     (a) The overall diameter of the seal must be approximately 1 7/8 inches.

     (b) The seal must contain the name of the registrant, his or her number of registration and conform to the following design:

 

 

     2.  Each plan, specification, report or other document issued by a registrant must be signed and must be sealed or stamped by him or her either manually or electronically.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 18, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A 10-26-83; 11-21-88; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R120-01, 3-4-2002; R012-06, 5-4-2006)

      NAC 623.755  Seal for registered interior designer. (NRS 623.140, 623.185)

     1.  Each registered interior designer shall obtain and possess an embossed seal, a seal designed as a rubber stamp or a seal in electronic format which must:

     (a) Be an equilateral triangle, each side of which must be 2 1/2 inches;

     (b) Contain the name of the registrant and his or her number of registration; and

     (c) Conform to the following design:

 

 

     2.  Each plan, specification, report or other document issued by a registrant must be signed and must be sealed or stamped by him or her either manually or electronically.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96; A by R120-01, 3-4-2002; R012-06, 5-4-2006)

      NAC 623.760  Seal for residential designer. (NRS 623.140, 623.185)

     1.  Each residential designer shall obtain and possess an embossed seal, a seal designed as a rubber stamp or a seal in electronic format that complies with the following specifications:

     (a) The diameter of the seal must be approximately 1 7/8 inches.

     (b) The seal must contain the name of the registrant, his or her number of registration and conform to the following design:

 

 

     2.  Each plan, specification, report or other document issued by a registrant must be signed and must be sealed or stamped by the registrant either manually or electronically.

     [Bd. of Architecture, § 17, eff. 5-7-80]—(NAC A 11-21-88; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R120-01, 3-4-2002; R012-06, 5-4-2006; R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.763  Validation and use of stamp or seal; responsibility of registrant. (NRS 623.140, 623.185)

     1.  Each registrant shall validate a stamp or seal either manually or electronically. The seal, signature and date must produce a clearly visible and legible image on any copy or reproduction of the document to which they are affixed.

     2.  When a registrant signs, stamps or seals a document containing the work of others, the registrant represents that the entire document has been prepared by the registrant or prepared under the responsible control of the registrant, unless the registrant includes a written statement adjacent to the signature, stamp or seal of the registrant identifying the portion of the document that was prepared by the registrant or prepared under the responsible control of the registrant.

     3.  A registrant who signs, stamps or seals a document which was not prepared by the registrant but was prepared under the responsible control of the registrant is subject to disciplinary proceedings pursuant to chapter 623 of NRS for any errors in that document as if the document was prepared by the registrant.

     4.  For the purposes of NRS 623.185, plans, specifications, reports and any other documents which are issued by a registrant with the intent that they be considered as formal or final documents must be stamped with the seal of the registrant before they are delivered to or filed with any public authority.

     5.  A registrant is not required to stamp the following documents:

     (a) An as-built plan, record plan or bid document;

     (b) A report that includes observations concerning the progress of the construction of a project; or

     (c) An estimate of the costs of a project.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R113-99, eff. 12-4-2000; A by R120-01, 3-4-2002; R012-06, 5-4-2006; R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.766  Contents of plans, specifications and certain other documents submitted to public authority. (NRS 623.140, 623.185)

     1.  Plans submitted to a public authority must include:

     (a) The name, address and telephone number of the firm that submits the plans;

     (b) The name and location of the project for which the plans are submitted;

     (c) The date the plans were issued for printing; and

     (d) A statement that indicates whether the plans are preliminary or final.

     2.  Each sheet submitted to a public authority must bear the date, the original or electronic seal and signature of the registrant who provided the responsible control under which the work indicated on the sheet was performed.

     3.  Each set of specifications submitted to a public authority must include a table of contents or cover sheet that:

     (a) Indicates the professional discipline that is the source of each specification; and

     (b) Contains the stamp of, and is signed and dated by, each registrant who provided the responsible control under which the work in that professional discipline was performed. The seal, signature and date may be in original or electronic format.

     4.  Each report, study, test result, certification or calculation that is submitted to a public authority must be stamped, signed and dated by the registrant who provided the responsible control under which that report, study, test result, certification or calculation was submitted. The seal, signature and date may be in original or electronic format.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R113-99, eff. 12-4-2000; A by R120-01, 3-4-2002; R230-03, 4-30-2004; R012-06, 5-4-2006)

      NAC 623.770  Reproduction of documents. (NRS 623.140)

     1.  Upon approval by the Board, a firm may reproduce any plan, specification, drawing or other document that was prepared by a registrant of the firm for any project after the registrant’s association with that firm has ended.

     2.  If the approval is granted, the Board may make special provision for the stamping of the documents and any modification of the documents it deems necessary.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, eff. 11-21-88; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, 5-20-96; 11-14-97)

      NAC 623.780  Use and possession of plans, drawings and specifications. (NRS 623.140)  Each architect, interior designer and residential designer who holds a certificate of registration shall:

     1.  Take such reasonable steps as are necessary to ensure that his or her drawings and specifications are not used for projects not contemplated at the time those drawings and specifications are completed.

     2.  Include in all contracts between himself or herself and a client the following language:

 

Drawings and specifications remain the property of the design professional. Copies of the drawings and specifications retained by the client may be utilized only for his or her use and for occupying the project for which they were prepared, and not for the construction of any other project.

 

     3.  Retain possession of all original plans, drawings and specifications issued for official use. The plans, drawings and specifications must be printed on paper or stored in an electronic form.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, eff. 9-15-89; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, 5-20-96; R230-03, 4-30-2004)

      NAC 623.800  Proposals for publicly funded projects. (NRS 623.140)  An architect, interior designer or residential designer who holds a certificate of registration shall not submit any information to the State of Nevada or any of its political subdivisions as part of a proposal for a publicly funded project which would enable the public agency to evaluate the proposal on any basis other than the competence and qualifications of the registrant to perform the type of services required.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, eff. 9-15-89; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, 5-20-96; R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.810  Restrictions on display of work. (NRS 623.140)  A registrant or firm shall not display, present, exhibit or otherwise show any drawings, models, renderings, photographs or other work in a manner calculated to suggest that the work was performed by the registrant or firm unless:

     1.  The registrant or firm performed or had responsible control of the performance of the work; and

     2.  The architect, registered interior designer or residential designer and the firm of record is identified in the drawing, model, rendering, photograph or other work.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, eff. 10-24-91; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, 5-20-96; R120-01, 3-4-2002; R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.830  Adoption by reference of standards for interior design. (NRS 623.140, 623.192)  The Board adopts by reference the standards of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification for the experience required pursuant to subsection 1 of NRS 623.192 for a certificate of registration to practice interior design. The standards may be obtained, free of charge, from the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, 1602 L Street, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036-5681, telephone (202) 721-0220, or at the Internet address http://www.ncidq.org.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96; A by R120-01, 3-4-2002)

      NAC 623.840  Registered interior designers: Collaboration with certain professionals. (NRS 623.140, 623.354)  The Board recognizes that registered interior designers are qualified to identify the need for professional engineers or architects to complete a project which the registered interior designer may not perform. A registered interior designer may collaborate with professional engineers or architects to complete a project for the alteration or construction of an interior area designed for human habitation or occupancy. A registered interior designer shall not collaborate on a project with persons from more than two professional disciplines unless a registered architect coordinates the project.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96; A by R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.850  Registered interior designers: Provisions governing technical elements of preparation of designs. (NRS 623.140)

     1.  Because the national standards for education and testing of registered interior designers may not address the technical elements of preparation of designs for alteration or construction of an interior area designed for human habitation or occupancy, the provisions of subsections 2, 3 and 4 govern such designs.

     2.  Partitions included in a design must:

     (a) Except if required by subsection 3, exclude a life-safety system; and

     (b) Comply with the practice of the industry and all applicable codes.

     3.  All door assemblies included in a design must:

     (a) Comply with all applicable building codes; and

     (b) Be limited to doors and door frames for which the required fire-protection rating does not exceed 20 minutes.

     4.  All ceilings included in a design must be pre-engineered ceiling systems and the supporting documentation from the manufacturer of the ceiling must be attached to the design.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96; A 11-14-97)

RULES OF CONDUCT FOR REGISTERED INTERIOR DESIGNERS

      NAC 623.860  Professional competence. (NRS 623.140, 623.145)

     1.  When rendering professional interior design services, a registered interior designer shall:

     (a) Exercise knowledge and skill in performing those services; and

     (b) Comply with all federal, state, municipal and county laws, codes, ordinances and regulations relating to the practice of interior design.

     2.  A registered interior designer shall not perform or attempt to perform a professional service relating to interior design unless the registered interior designer:

     (a) Is qualified by education, training and experience to perform the professional service; or

     (b) Associates himself or herself with, or consults with, another person who is qualified to perform the professional service, to the extent necessary to perform that service competently.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R113-99, eff. 12-4-2000)

      NAC 623.865  Disclosure of compensation. (NRS 623.140, 623.145)  Before accepting a project, a registered interior designer shall fully disclose to the prospective client all compensation that the registered interior designer will receive in connection with the project. If the registered interior designer accepts the project, the registered interior designer shall not accept any compensation from any person with whom the interior designer deals in connection with the project that has not been fully disclosed to the client pursuant to this section.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R113-99, eff. 12-4-2000)

      NAC 623.870  Information for client; responsibility to report certain violations. (NRS 623.140, 623.145)

     1.  Before accepting a project, a registered interior designer shall reasonably inform the prospective client of:

     (a) The scope and nature of the project;

     (b) The professional services relating to interior design that will be performed; and

     (c) The method of compensation for those professional services.

     2.  If a registered interior designer becomes aware that his or her employer or client has decided to take an action regarding a project which is against the professional advice of the registered interior designer, which violates any applicable federal, state, municipal or county law, code, ordinance or regulation and which, in the professional opinion of the registered interior designer, will materially and adversely affect the safety, health or welfare of the public, the registered interior designer shall:

     (a) Report the decision to the person, agency or board that is responsible for enforcement of the law, code, ordinance or regulation;

     (b) Refuse to consent to the decision; and

     (c) If the registered interior designer reasonably believes that other such decisions will be taken notwithstanding his or her advice and objection, terminate his or her services in connection with the project. A registered interior designer who terminates his or her services pursuant to this paragraph is immune from liability for damages sustained by his or her employer or client as the result of terminating those services.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R113-99, eff. 12-4-2000)

      NAC 623.875  Prohibited conduct. (NRS 623.140, 623.145)

     1.  A registered interior designer shall not:

     (a) Knowingly violate any state or federal criminal law; or

     (b) Counsel or assist a client in conduct that the registered interior designer knows, or should know, involves fraud or other illegal acts.

     2.  A registered interior designer shall not give, lend or promise anything of value to a public officer with the intent to influence or attempt to influence the judgment or actions of the public officer in connection with a prospective or existing project in which the interior designer is interested.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R113-99, eff. 12-4-2000)

      NAC 623.880  Additional prohibited conduct. (NRS 623.140, 623.145)

     1.  Except as otherwise provided in NAC 623.763, a registered interior designer shall not sign or seal a drawing, specification or other interior design document.

     2.  A registered interior designer shall not:

     (a) Engage in conduct that involves fraud or wanton disregard of the rights of other persons.

     (b) Make misleading, deceptive or false statements or claims.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R113-99, eff. 12-4-2000; A by R076-13, 2-26-2014)

      NAC 623.885  Grounds for disciplinary action. (NRS 623.140, 623.145, 623.270)  A violation of any provision of NAC 623.763, 623.766 and 623.860 to 623.880, inclusive, is a ground for disciplinary action.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design by R113-99, eff. 12-4-2000)

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION

      NAC 623.900  Adoption by reference of Rules of Conduct. (NRS 623.140, 623.145)

     1.  The most recently published edition of or update to the Rules of Conduct, or portion thereof as determined pursuant to subsection 2, published by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, is hereby adopted by reference as:

     (a) The code of ethics for architects; and

     (b) The code of ethics for residential designers with the following changes:

          (1) The word “architect” is amended to read “residential designer”;

          (2) The word “architects” is amended to read “residential designers”; and

          (3) The word “architectural” is amended to read “residential design.”

     2.  The Executive Director will, on or before August 1 of each year, review the most recently published edition of or update to the Rules of Conduct. Each new edition of or update to the Rules of Conduct shall be deemed approved by the Executive Director for use in this State on August 1 of each year, unless a notice of disapproval of the edition or update, or portion thereof, is posted pursuant to this subsection by the immediately preceding October 1. If the Executive Director wishes to disapprove a new edition of or update to the Rules of Conduct, or portion thereof, he or she will:

     (a) Post a notice of disapproval at the largest public library in each county, the State Library and Archives, the Grant Sawyer Office Building located at 555 East Washington Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada, and all offices of the Board; and

     (b) Send a notice to each person included on the mailing list that the Board is required to maintain pursuant to paragraph (e) of subsection 1 of NRS 233B.0603.

Ê If the Executive Director disapproves an edition of or update to the Rules of Conduct, or portion thereof, the edition or update, or applicable portion thereof, that was most recently adopted by reference or deemed approved pursuant to this section will continue in effect.

     3.  The rules may be obtained, free of charge, from the Board’s website at http://nsbaidrd.state.nv.us or by contacting the:

 

                        State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design

                        2080 East Flamingo Road, Suite 120

                        Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

                        (702) 486-7300

 

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, eff. 10-24-91; A by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, 5-20-96; R178-99, 2-16-2000; R113-99, 12-4-2000; R120-01, 3-4-2002; R199-07, 9-18-2008)

      NAC 623.905  Complaint; notice. (NRS 623.140, 623.150)

     1.  Any person may file a complaint with the Board against a person who may be in violation of chapter 623 of NRS.

     2.  The complaint must include:

     (a) The full name and address of the respondent;

     (b) A clear and concise statement of facts sufficient to establish that an alleged violation of law occurred, including, without limitation, the date, time and place of the alleged violation and the name of each person involved; and

     (c) A citation to the statute or regulation alleged to have been violated, if known.

     3.  The complaint must be in writing.

     4.  The complaint may include the name and address of the complainant.

     5.  The Board will mail written notice of the charges to the last known address of the respondent by certified mail, return receipt requested. The notice must describe each allegation contained in the complaint.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96; A by R199-07, 9-18-2008)

      NAC 623.910  Written response; failure to file response deemed admission. (NRS 623.140, 623.150)

     1.  Within 15 days after receipt of the notice of charges, the respondent shall file with the Board a written response to the notice of charges. Upon the request of the respondent, the Board may extend the time to file a response.

     2.  The response must include:

     (a) If the complaint has been resolved, a statement describing the resolution of the complaint; or

     (b) If the complaint has not been resolved:

          (1) A statement describing in detail whether the respondent admits or denies each allegation in the complaint;

          (2) A statement of the facts relating to the allegations in the complaint; and

          (3) The defenses to the complaint, if any, relied upon by the respondent.

     3.  The response must be signed by the respondent, his or her attorney or another authorized representative of the respondent, and include the name, address and telephone number of the respondent and his or her attorney or other authorized representative, if any.

     4.  The failure to file a response in accordance with this section without good cause shall be deemed an admission by the respondent of all the allegations in the complaint and the Board may resolve the complaint against the respondent.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96)

      NAC 623.915  Investigation of complaint; recommendations of Executive Director. (NRS 623.140, 623.150)

     1.  Upon receipt of a complaint, the Executive Director or a person otherwise authorized by the Board shall appoint a member of the Board’s staff to conduct an initial investigation of the complaint. The investigator shall submit a written report to the Executive Director or a person otherwise authorized by the Board which describes the results of the investigation.

     2.  The Executive Director or a person otherwise authorized by the Board shall review the written report and recommend that the Board:

     (a) Dismiss the complaint;

     (b) Negotiate a resolution of the complaint;

     (c) Authorize the creation of an advisory committee to review the complaint if the respondent agrees to participate in an informal conference with an advisory committee; or

     (d) Schedule a formal hearing.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96; A by R120-01, 3-4-2002; R230-03, 4-30-2004)

      NAC 623.920  Advisory committees: Establishment; appointment of members; provisions applicable to members. (NRS 623.140, 623.150)

     1.  The Board will, when appropriate, establish an advisory committee to:

     (a) Provide assistance in an area that the Board considers necessary; or

     (b) Assist the Board in the review of a complaint which has been filed pursuant to NAC 623.905 if the respondent agrees to participate in an informal review of the complaint by an advisory committee.

     2.  The Executive Director or a person otherwise authorized by the Board shall appoint members to an advisory committee from a list of volunteers. The list of volunteers must consist of architects, landscape architects, professional engineers, registered interior designers, residential designers or other persons approved by the Board, Executive Director or a person otherwise authorized by the Board. If the advisory committee is established to assist the Board in the review of a complaint, the majority of members appointed must, if practicable, be registered in the same profession or discipline as the respondent. The Executive Director or a person otherwise authorized by the Board shall designate one member of the advisory committee to serve as the chair of the committee.

     3.  Members of an advisory committee:

     (a) Serve at the pleasure of the Board;

     (b) Are prohibited from participating in a proceeding in which a member of the Board would be required to abstain under similar circumstances; and

     (c) Serve without compensation, but are entitled to travel expenses and subsistence allowances from the Board.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96; A by R120-01, 3-4-2002)

      NAC 623.925  Duties of advisory committee; use of recommendations by Board; obligations of respondent upon acceptance or rejection of recommendations. (NRS 623.140, 623.150)

     1.  An advisory committee established to assist the Board in the review of a complaint shall:

     (a) Review the complaint and the written report submitted by an investigator pursuant to NAC 623.915 to determine whether probable cause exists that the respondent has violated a provision of this chapter or chapter 623 of NRS;

     (b) Hold an informal conference in accordance with the provisions of NAC 623.930; and

     (c) Work with the respondent to arrive at a resolution of the complaint.

     2.  Within 30 days after the informal conference, the chair of the advisory committee shall submit to the Board a report which summarizes the informal conference and the recommendations of the advisory committee concerning the disposition of the complaint.

     3.  The findings and recommendations of the advisory committee must be supported by substantial evidence.

     4.  The Board is not bound by the recommendations of an advisory committee concerning the disposition of a complaint.

     5.  If the respondent accepts the recommendations of the advisory committee, he or she shall, within 30 days after receipt of the recommendations from the Executive Director or a person otherwise authorized by the Board, execute a proposed settlement agreement with the Board concerning a resolution of the complaint. Such an agreement is not effective until the agreement has been signed by the respondent and approved by the Board.

     6.  If the respondent rejects the recommendations of the advisory committee, or fails to notify the Board that he or she accepts the recommendations within 30 days after receipt of the recommendations, the Board will take further action on the complaint that it considers necessary.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96; A by R120-01, 3-4-2002)

      NAC 623.930  Informal conference between advisory committee and respondent; notice; committee not bound by rules of evidence. (NRS 623.140, 623.150)

     1.  If an advisory committee is established to assist the Board in the review of a complaint, the Executive Director or a person otherwise authorized by the Board shall schedule an informal conference between the advisory committee and the respondent. The Executive Director or a person otherwise authorized by the Board shall provide written notice of the time and place of the conference to:

     (a) Each member of the advisory committee;

     (b) The respondent; and

     (c) Each witness whose appearance has been requested at the informal conference.

     2.  In conducting an informal conference, an advisory committee is not bound by the technical rules of evidence. The chair of an advisory committee shall rule on the admissibility of evidence and accept all evidence which is relevant to the complaint. All evidence admitted is confidential.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96; A by R120-01, 3-4-2002)

      NAC 623.935  Decline by respondent to participate in review of complaint. (NRS 623.140, 623.150)  If a respondent declines to participate in a review of the complaint by an advisory committee, the Executive Director or a person otherwise authorized by the Board shall refer the complaint to the Board for any further action that the Board considers necessary.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96; A by R120-01, 3-4-2002)

      NAC 623.940  Formal hearing; failure to appear; request for continuance. (NRS 623.140, 623.150)

     1.  If the Board schedules a formal hearing, it will give written notice of the time and place of the hearing to the petitioner and respondent by certified mail, return receipt requested. A hearing may be held at any location in the State, but the Board will attempt to hold a hearing at a location which is convenient for the petitioner and respondent.

     2.  If a party fails to appear at a hearing and no continuance has been requested or granted, the Board may:

     (a) Grant or dismiss the complaint with or without prejudice;

     (b) Take evidence from the parties and witnesses present at the hearing and make a decision on the merits; or

     (c) Continue the hearing until a date set by the Board.

     3.  At least 15 days before the date of a hearing, a party may submit to the Board a written request for a continuance of the hearing. The request must be signed by the party requesting the continuance or his or her attorney and include a statement of the reason for the request. The Board may, within its discretion, grant or deny the request for a continuance.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96)

      NAC 623.945  Procedure for hearing; exhibits; prehearing motions; informality of proceeding. (NRS 623.140, 623.150)

     1.  The Chair of the Board will call the hearing to order, note the appearances of the parties and act upon any pending motions, petitions, stipulations or preliminary matters. Upon request and within the discretion of the Chair, the parties may make opening statements.

     2.  The petitioner will present his or her case-in-chief first, followed by the respondent’s case-in-chief. Both parties will have the opportunity to cross-examine, redirect and recross-examine the witnesses.

     3.  Upon request and within the discretion of the Chair, the parties may make closing arguments.

     4.  The Board may:

     (a) Exclude inadmissible, repetitious or irrelevant evidence;

     (b) Examine witnesses;

     (c) Examine a party on issues of law or fact; and

     (d) Require written briefs from the parties in lieu of oral arguments.

     5.  If exhibits will be presented during the hearing, the petitioner and the respondent must provide the Board with 12 copies of the exhibits not less than 20 days before the hearing. Copies must be distributed as follows:

     (a) One copy for the file;

     (b) One copy for each member of the Board;

     (c) One copy for the witness packet; and

     (d) One copy for opposing counsel.

     6.  Prehearing motions must be submitted in writing and filed with the Board within 10 days after the receipt of the exhibit to which the motion applies. A party who opposes the motion may file a response to the prehearing motion not later than 7 days after the date of service of the motion. Upon a showing of good cause, the Board may allow a party to file a prehearing motion or response within such other times as the Board deems appropriate.

     7.  In conducting a hearing or informal proceeding, the Board is not bound by the technical rules of evidence. A decision or order of the Board may not be invalidated based upon the informality of the proceeding upon which the decision or order is made.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96; A by R012-06, 5-4-2006)

      NAC 623.950  Conditions of probation. (NRS 623.140, 623.270)  In addition to the conditions of probation set forth in NRS 623.270, the Board may impose the following conditions of probation on a registrant against whom disciplinary action is imposed:

     1.  Require the registrant to provide information to the Board concerning each project he or she works on during the term of probation, including, without limitation:

     (a) The name of the person for whom the project is performed;

     (b) The name of the project, if any;

     (c) The location of the project;

     (d) The type and scope of work that the registrant will perform on the project; and

     (e) The size of the project;

     2.  Require the registrant to be supervised by a person approved by the Board; and

     3.  Other conditions that the Board considers necessary.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Architecture, Interior Design & Residential Design, eff. 5-20-96)