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Accreditation separates professional interior designers from social influencers and hobbyists

Accreditation is something that separates professional interior designers from social influencers and hobbyists. The SBID standard of endorsement is a globally recognised marque. Pioneering SBID Accreditation is now generally recognised across the UK as a sign of design excellence. It represents a mix of training, experience and continued professional development in an overcrowded market that distinguishes qualified interior designers. This separates professionals in practice from DIY, craft and television entertainment shows to provide unrivalled protection as other protected professions demand.

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

About SBID & Accreditation

SBID is an organisation setting, measuring, enforcing and assisting the success and growth of the profession of interior design in the UK and around the world.

SBID is totally dynamic. It is prepared for the rapidly evolving future of interior design, reacting at the speed of modern living with criteria that not only assists designers in their business but also in their careers.

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.

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Accrediting Professional Interior Designers 

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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

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).

Not Accredited? 

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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What makes SBID Accreditation different

SBID Accreditation is a marque of achieving a high level of professional competence defined by education, ongoing training and experience to protect the greater public.

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What does a designer do?

An interior designer’s role is to sell qualified advice for an interior space to provide ultimate safety, wellbeing and performance for its users intended purpose.

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