4 Types of SBID Membership and Their Criteria 16th November 2021 | IN DESIGN ADVICE | BY SBID

The Society of British & International Interior Design (SBID) membership and accreditation is a great way to boost the profile and credibility of your interior design practice. It demonstrates that you, your services and your products adhere to industry-recognised standards. Whether you’re an experienced interior designer or interior designer in training, a manufacturer or product supplier, or an interior fit-out specialist, you can benefit from our membership programme.

Here’s an outline as to who our most common types of members are, as well as the required criteria associated with gaining membership and achieving full SBID Accreditation.

, 4 Types of SBID Membership and Their Criteria

Interior Designers

It goes without saying that a large part of the membership database for the SBID are interior designers. Part of our services is that we accredit those who want to put interior design skills into professional practice. Whether you’re a sole trader, part of an SME or part of a large corporation, our accreditation will benefit you hugely. This is because it’ll demonstrate that you adhere to our globally recognised standards for interior design.

To attain SBID Accreditation as an interior designer, there are some criteria that you must first meet:

  • 3 years of academic education (BA Hons degree or equivalent)
  • 3.5 years of practice
  • 24 SBID Continual Professional Development points
  • Hold valid Professional Indemnity Insurance

Associate level membership is available to designers that do not meet all the criteria for achieving full SBID Accreditation.

Interior Fit-Out Specialists

SBID interior fit-out specialists protect the public from the multifarious risks that can arise through using unregulated providers. They make both decisions and relationships work better and ensure that the final product choices and specifications chosen by a designer are fit for purpose. The aim here is to assure that the product use, installation locations, building regulations and manufacturer recommendations are adhered to.

To become a contract partner of the SBID, you must have 1 year of company accounts, business insurance and meet the SBID 5 Points of Compliance.

4 Types of SBID Membership and Their Criteria

Manufacturers & Suppliers

SBID designers identify high-quality products based on a range of factors aside from their design aesthetics alone. For example, factors such as service, performance, and their overall impact on the planet are also considered. The SBID marque of accreditation means that buyers can be reassured when using a supplier and their products.

Similar to fit-out specialists, this accreditation requires 1 year of company accounts, SBID’s 5 Points of Compliance and valid business insurance as well.


At SBID, we are committed to making sure that Britain produces successive generations of top-quality interior designers who will then retain its reputation as a global leader in the field. To facilitate this, we offer student membership free of charge, provided that you’re studying an SBID accredited course. Not only this, but you also get one year of Associate membership for free to support you on your post-graduate journey to achieving full SBID Accreditation as a professional, practising interior designer.

The SBID are Britain’s leading interior design institution and to get an idea as to who is part of our membership, be sure to check our database of interior design professionals. If you have any questions about our accreditation or membership options then don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling us on +44 (0) 207 738 9383!