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Accreditation distinguishes professional interior designers 

The SBID standard of endorsement is now a globally recognised marque, with its pioneering Accreditation framework now recognised across the UK as a sign of design standards and professional quality. It represents a mix of training, experience and continued professional development in an overcrowded market that distinguishes qualified interior designers. Accreditation separates the trained professionals from DIY social influencers and hobbyists to provide the public with additional security and protection.

SBID not only provides the quality assurance framework for designers, but also manufacturers, service providers and fit-out specialists across interior design industry to verify professional standards from trade to installation throughout the entire procurement process.

What is Interior Design Accreditation?

The Society of British International Interior Design is a recognised and leading professional accreditation body.

As an institute of interior designers, SBID’s membership network comprises British and international talent across the Architecture & Design community, inviting professionals at all levels to join. Those who meet our criteria are awarded with accreditation to signify quality, enhance profiles, further careers and contribute to the success of the industry.

Becoming SBID Accredited provides the public with the comfort that an Accredited member has attained the highest status of assessed knowledge and experience in the UK, equal with our recognised peers in other countries around the world. We embrace the creativity and evolving future of the interior design world, to represent the very best in the business and support experts throughout their careers.

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Interior Design Accreditation For Industry Professionals

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Based on a framework of alternative professions, SBID pioneered accreditation for the British standard of interior designers by setting out measures of competence, skill, experience, and an annual requirement of continued professional development.

This SBID Accreditation framework is now internationally recognised across the interior design industry and has influenced other design organisations in Britain to adopt similar accreditation standards.

Find out more about SBID Accreditation for your sector.

In 2021 SBID will become the first UK interior design organisation to require future applicants to complete an entry exam as a condition of Accreditation.

SBID Accreditation Categories:

SBID Interior Designers

  • UK Interior Design Professional (SBID Accredited)
  • UK Interior Design Associate
  • International Interior Design Professional
  • UK Student

SBID Industry Partners

(Product Manufacturers & Suppliers)

  • UK Professional Industry Partner (SBID Accredited)
  • UK Professional Platinum Partner (SBID Accredited)

SBID Interior Fit-Out Specialists

(Interior Construction & Fit-out Contractors)

  • UK Contract Partner (SBID Accredited)
  • UK Professional Services Provider (SBID Accredited)

Discover more about SBID Accredited professional members.

Eligibility Criteria:

The current entry level for membership as an SBID Accredited professional requires:

Accredited Designer Criteria Diagram
Accredited Partner Criteria Diagram
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Interior designers can begin their journey with SBID at any level of experience in their career. Associate membership category is for designers who do not meet all the criteria for SBID Accreditation. Support is offered to help members to reach their full potential and elevate career opportunities.

For information about the new SBID Entry Exam coming 2021, click here. (Existing members will not be required to sit the exam).

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Find out more about our flexible accreditation structure, membership categories, eligibility and how to apply.

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Becoming ‘SBID Accredited’ means that you have achieved the highest assessed industry benchmark by SBID in your specialist category of interior design.
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