The incomparable Tiare Pinto brings a wealth of experience to her roles as owner, president and lead designer of Archipelago Hawaii. With over 25 years of design expertise under her belt, Tiare also possesses something not all designers can claim as their own—certifications. Here Tiare breaks down three key values of working with certified designers on your interior design and remodeling projects:
1. Certification means continued education
Certified professionals are required to complete mandatory continuing education units to maintain active certifications. They are also required to meet certain educational requirements to be eligible for the certification process, depending on the designation. Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS), for instance, are asked to complete 12 hours of continuing education every three years. By furthering their education, designers are staying current on the industry’s changing trends and products, and can thereby make educated and strategic decisions on your behalf.
2. Time to take a test
Many certifications require its designers to take and pass a comprehensive exam in order to earn the designation. In order to earn her Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) designation, for example, Tiare had to pass the CKD design exam. These academic exams test designers’ practical skills and require both technical and creative solutions to design challenges. When designers tackle certification exams, they are expected to demonstrate the core concepts they’ve learned—which will ultimately benefit their clients in the long run.
3. Code of conduct
Upon completion of all requirements, designers are required to sign and comply with a “Code of Conduct” or “Code of Ethics,” depending upon the certification. These codes are written to create a standard by which all designers with that certification are expected to operate. The Code of Conduct also benefits homeowners by providing them with recourse, should the certified designer act in a way that’s out of line of the required Code of Conduct. As a homeowner, you have more protection when it comes to your space and how your chosen designers work in it.
“Working with certified professionals is very important to today’s homeowners,” said Tiare. “The value of certifications can’t be overstated, and we’ve found that more and more homeowners are requesting to have certified professionals tackle their projects.”
When working with Archipelago Hawaii, you can expect creativity, professionalism, and certification. Our very own Tiare Pinto is a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD), Allied ASID member, and a Certified Green Professional (CGP). Our design engineer Laurent Chouari is also a Master Certified Green Professional and a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). At Archipelago Hawaii, we’re committed to sharing our design expertise and knowledge of the latest products with our homeowners—and we hope to do so through 2017 and beyond!