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Accreditation helps an interior designer or practice demonstrate to the public a level of expertise, separating qualified professionals from social influencers and hobbyists

The SBID standard of endorsement is a globally recognised marque. Pioneering SBID Accreditation is now generally promoted across the UK it endorses a mix of training experience and continued professional as well as personal development to distinguish a qualified and monitored interior designer. Click here to find out what makes SBID Accreditation different.

In 2021 it will become the first UK professional body to require future applications for SBID Accredited status to complete an entry exam as a condition of Accreditation. This step will elevate SBID membership to the highest level of measured qualification beyond an academic BA or MA degree.

Accreditation provides the quality assurance framework for designers, manufacturers and service providers within the UK interior design industry. The SBID has separated itself from DIY, craft and entertainment television programmes to provide the public with unrivalled protection as is demanded in all protected professions.

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 dynamic. It is prepared for the rapidly evolving future of technological and digital advancements and to react at the speed of the modern world with a criteria that not only assists designers in their business and in their career, but also to protect the public.

In 2016, SBID applied for a Royal Charter and in 2019 put the proposal to consultation. In 2020 SBID resigned from the European Council of Interior Architects to represent the UK independently on behalf of the profession and the British government.

Becoming SBID Accredited therefore 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.


Accrediting Professional Interior Designers 

The education-based route to accrediting an interior designer was originally adopted from the European Charter of Education (ECIA) in the UK in 2009, providing the first British interior designer accreditation equal to the peer members of the European Council of Interior Design across Europe. As the UK left the European Union in 2020 the SBID has likewise resigned from the ECIA, but continues to work across Europe as an independent country.

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Based on the European framework, 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 organisations in Britain to create accreditation as a standard.

Find out more about SBID Accreditation for your sector.

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 Platinum Partner (SBID Accredited)

SBID Contract Partners

(Interior Construction & Fit-out Contractors)

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

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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 time in their career or at any level of experience. Associate membership is available for designers who do not meet all the criteria for SBID Accreditation, so we can support you in your design specialism to reach your potential and elevate your career opportunities. 

For information about the new SBID Entry Exam coming 2021, click here.

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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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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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