SBID has exclusive partnership agreements for the UK with leading international organisations, including the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), ECIA, IIDA, IDC, CDICV and ASID. All these organisations share a collective mission to create a global standard for the professional interior design industry.
SBID is allied to more than 26,000 individuals around the world who hold the prestigious NCIDQ Certificate, the accredited mark of a professional in the interior design industry. The certificate measures competence in practice and is often taken by designers and architects post-graduation.
The European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA) is the representative body for the European professional organisations in interior architecture and design. Founded in 1992, ECIA currently represents 16 member countries of Europe by their leading national organisation, with over 7000 practising interior architects.
NCIDQ Certificate holders are professionals with proven knowledge, experience and proficiency in the latest interior design principles and practices, contract documents and administration and decision-making skills. All NCIDQ Certificate holders have been educated, trained and examined to ensure the protection of public health, safety and welfare.
NCIDQ Certificate holders have completed a minimum of six years of specialised education and experience and passed a rigorous, two-day exam based on NCIDQ’s independent, comprehensive analysis of the profession and the practice of interior designers in a range of settings.
The NCIDQ Certificate meets the interior design profession’s legal and regulatory standards established by 29 U.S states and Canadian provinces.
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.
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 promote 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.
The Keymark was created in response to a European Council resolution inviting the European standards organisations (CEN/CENELEC) to establish a harmonised expression of conformity with European standards (ENs). The Keymark is recognised in the majority of EC countries and is accepted as being equivalent to their own national certification marks.
Keymark – a dual assurance
Keymark certification is available for a diverse range of products in the construction sector. Product assessment covers both safety and, where appropriate, performance requirements, as defined by the relevant CEN and CENELEC standards. The purchaser benefits from the dual assurance of a system that, like the BSI Kitemark, assesses both the product and the producer’s manufacturing facilities.
Keymark for thermal insulation products
The Keymark for thermal insulation products allows specifiers and purchasers to differentiate between products that conform to the legally required minimum (safety) characteristics in the European Economic Area, as indicated by the CE marking, and products that conform to the complete European product standard. The most important characteristic of thermal insulation products – the declared thermal conductivity – is assessed by leading, registered test laboratories.
BSI is empowered by CEN to issue the Keymark against the following European standards
Interior Design Courses and Interior Design Qualifications
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.