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Interior Design professionals at all levels of their career as well as Industry Partners benefit from SBID membership. We also welcome those currently studying for interior design qualifications. Join a global industry network of 224,000 to benefit from access to networking opportunities, connections to leaders in the global design industry, CPD and much more.

To find out more about our flexible membership structure, send us your details using the form below.

Alternatively, contact admin@sbid.org or telephone 020 7738 9383.

SBID Membership Categories

SBID Interior Design Professionals

• Interior Design Professional – SBID Accredited
• Interior Design Associate
• International Interior Design Professional – SBID Accredited
• Student

SBID Industry Partners

• Professional Industry Partner – Accredited
• Premium Partner – Accredited
• Platinum Partner – Accredited

Eligibility Criteria

The first education based route to accreditation of a British Interior Designer was first established and launched in the UK by the Society of British and International Design in 2009. Originally adopted from the ECIA Charter of Education, it states that professional accreditation requires:

                                4 years of measured education with a degree in interior design or overlapping sectors

                                +

                                 2 years of work experience

                                Total: 6 years of training and industry work experience 

To ensure continued learning and improvement of accredited designers, SBID incorporated the life-long learning requirement of 24 SBID recognised CPD points p.a. and valid Professional Indemnity Insurance to its accreditation criteria.

This standard was later revised to take consideration of the shorter timeframe of a degree course in the UK which is often completed within two or three years compared with the four year degree course in Europe when the ECIA rule was created. It was also revised to encourage designers who had not acquired the European Council of Interior Architects entry criteria (listed above) to continue to improve.

This allowed a UK Interior Designer with a qualifying two year degree to be an Accredited Designer which the original criteria prevented.

The current entry level for an SBID Accredited Interior Designer requires:

                                4* years of measured education with a degree in interior design or overlapping sectors

                                +

                                2 years of work experience in the field of design

Total: 6 years of training and industry work experience + 24 SBID recognised CPD points p.a. and Professional Indemnity Insurance

*For each missing year of education a substitute of 1.5 years additional work experience and an interview of project procurement is required. The interview lasts approximately 40 minutes and is measured by sector on a category point-system, this measure and other criteria. Successful applicants are invited to join as an interim Accredited Designer for twelve months leading to full Accredited Membership. Interviews are held across the UK.  

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