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:
- 3 years of measured education with a degree in interior design or overlapping sectors
- 3 ½ years of work experience in the field of design
Total: 6 ½ years of training and industry work experience + 24 SBID recognised CPD points p.a. and Professional Indemnity Insurance
In 2009, under a Memorandum of Understanding between SBID and educators at a variety of universities, groups and forums, an agreement was formed to improve the outcome of course content for a career in the commercial environment. However, due to varying outcomes, in review SBID dissolved the initiative. In 2011, the initiative was revived only with individual universities empowered to provide an interior design degree.
In three years, SBID grew to become the largest professional membership interior design organisation in Britain and the second largest (to Germany) in Europe among the 16-member qualifying countries of the ECIA. In 2011 she launched the SBID International Design Awards to recognise, reward and celebrate talented businesses and individuals in the industry and the awards have since continued to be regarded as one of the most prestigious acknowledgment of global design excellence
In 2015 SBID were awarded independent status by the government to measure interior design education and accredit university course content for interior design degrees. The accreditation relates to measured educational and business processes forming part of each universities central government funding status.
SBID acts as an independently accredited inspector of course content ensuring each course meets all-inclusive standards. SBID assess how fit-for-purpose tuition transfers to the commercial world and interprets the data into a ‘standard’ fed back into the treasury.