Professional Bodies

International Partnerships

SBID has exclusive partnership agreements for the UK with leading international interior design organisations

International Partnerships include the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Interior Design Association (IDC), College of Design Interior Community Valencia (CDICV) and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). These 22 organisations share a collective mission to create a global standard for the professional interior design industry.

SBID and all Member countries of the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA) enjoy a reciprocal agreement, allowing members of each organisation to join the other organisation. In this way, the 19 bodies help members expand outside their own borders and open up exciting new business opportunities.

SBID is allied through an agreement formed with two past Presidents in 2011 and 2014 to more than 26,000 individuals around the world who hold the prestigious NCIDQ Certificate, the accredited mark of a professional in interior design in Canada and in 29 states of America.

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The European Council of Interior Architects is the representative body for the European professional organisations in Interior Architecture and Design. Founded in 1992, ECIA currently represents 19 Country members national organisations, with over 8,000 practicing Interior Architects allowing members of each organisation to join the other organisation. In this way, the Country representative member help their members expand outside their own borders. ECIA provides a common platform for the exchange of information on best professional practices and has established minimum standards of education and professional profile for the Associated Interior Architects in the member organisations.

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SBID is allied to more than 26,000 individuals around the world who hold the prestigious NCIDQ Certificate through the independent international task force established to create a global standard. The certificate measures competence in practice and is taken by designers and architects post-graduation.

NCIDQ Certificate holders are professionals with proven knowledge, experience and proficiency in the latest interior design principles and decision-making skills. Certificate holders have completed a minimum of six years specialised education and experience under USA law and passed NCIDQ’s independent exam.

The NCIDQ Certificate meets the interior design profession’s legal and regulatory standards established by 29 states of America and Canadian provinces. SBID is the representative member for Europe of the international task force created in 2013 to identify a national exam beyond the current USA and Canadian borders. Works in progress.

The International Interior Design Association is a professional networking and educational association of 13,000 Members. It has ten specialty forums which provide members of the design community with insights and information into specific markets and areas. There are 33 Chapters around the world.

The American Society of Interior Designers is a community of designers, industry representatives, educators and students committed to interior design. Founded in 1975, ASID is the oldest and largest professional organisation for interior designers.

The aim of The Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) is to advance the profession, in Canada and internationally. It provides continuing education opportunities and business practice support services to members and is an advocate of the industry to the government and the public.

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The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) represents professionals working and studying in the field of Architectural Technology. CIAT is internationally recognised as the qualifying body for Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT and professionally qualified Architectural Technicians, TCIAT.

CDICV is the Association of Interior Designers of the Region of Valencia in Spain. It brings together design professionals in the region and is the only association recognised by the Spanish Government. It promotes interior design as an independent discipline, while at the same time developing stronger links with associated areas of design and architecture. CDICV promotes its members and looks at ways to enhance their standing and reputation beyond its borders.

SBID and CDICV enjoy a reciprocal agreement, allowing members of each organisation to join the other organisation. In this way, the two bodies help members expand outside their own borders and open up exciting new business opportunities.

Interior Design Courses and Qualifications

SBID broke down UK trading borders by creating for the first time in the interior design profession exclusive global partnership agreements with leading international organisations, including the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA), International Interior design Association IIDA in USA, Interior Designers Canada IDC, the School of Interior Designer region of Valencia (CDICV) Spain and American Society of Interior Designers ASID in USA. Each of these organisations share a collective mission: to create a global standard for the professional interior design industry and all bring their own global specialism to the table, carefully identified for the purpose of developing a UK global market presence for design excellence.

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SBID is committed to providing access to fully accredited interior design courses and to improve the design skills and qualifications of people working in the industry. The range of courses is aimed at enhancing students’ creativity and introducing new technologies, tools and trends. The courses are set up to adhere to industry best practices and provide the training, resources and support to ensure successful acquisition of interior design qualifications. The knowledge and hands on experience gained will help students develop the necessary skills and grounding to stimulate career progression.

Adherence to SBID standards

As an organisation endorsing best practice. SBID is inclusive and encourages all disciplines that overlap with the profession of design practice to connect with us as long as they conform with our ethos of ethical conduct and corporate social responsibility. From time to time a partner may fall below our standards. Our aim is to provide assistance for correction and improvement of skills, ultimately raising standards. With such direction and leadership for betterment we encourage and provide correction that assists in providing the tools for solutions to prevent recurrence.

Following this process, if SBID standards are continually disregarded, we will remove our branding and sever relationships as we have a duty of care to protect the reputation of the organisation. This is a drastic measure and one that we do not take lightly.

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