SBID Accreditation

Accreditation helps you or your studio demonstrate a level of expertise to clients, separating qualified professionals from the hobbyist or social influencers.

SBID Accreditation and endorsements are a globally recognised marque. They provide a high-quality assurance framework for designers, manufacturers, service providers and the UK interior design industry as a whole.

Becoming SBID Accredited provides the public with comfort that you have attained the highest status of assessed knowledge and experience in the UK as laid down through the Charter of Education in Brussels specifically for European Council member Countries. The UK is represented by the Society of British Interior Designers (SBID) aka Society of British and International Design. ©️

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 across the UK.

Based on the European framework, The Society of British & International Design (SBID) pioneered accreditation for British Interior Designers in 2009 by setting out measures of competence, skill and experience. The SBID Accreditation framework is now internationally recognised across the interior design industry and has influenced other organisations to create accreditation as a standard, following the education-based accreditation framework for accrediting British Designers.

To attain SBID Accreditation you must acquire the following criteria:

SBID Accredited UK Interior Designer:

  • 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
  • 24 SBID recognised CPD points
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance

SBID Accredited Industry Partner:

SBID Accreditation status for industry partners is awarded to those who can prove an exemplary level of competency for their service, processes and people. Applications from individuals or companies must meet the SBID 5 points of compliance criteria before being accepted:


SBID 5 points of compliance for Accredited Industry Partners:

  1. Intellectual property (IP)

SBID fights piracy and copyright theft in design. We actively negotiate with government to legislate against IP theft and bad practice. The professional industry partner will also share this commitment.

  1. Corporate Social Responsibility

SBID supports ethical manufacturing and the delivery of products and services that ensure people and environments are not abused or harmed in the production process. The professional industry partner should demonstrate their commitment delivering corporate social responsibility.

  1. Service

SBID believes a responsible supplier needs to provide a long-term quality service as well as after sales care. The prospective partner will share this commitment to exceptional trade service.

  1. Sustainability

SBID promotes sustainability in all business activities. The professional industry partner should demonstrate their commitment to sustainability through product manufacture and use.

  1. Value for Money

Products and services must demonstrate good value.

Use of the accreditation logo across your website, marketing collateral, client pitches and invoices, establishes you as a professionally qualified, trusted and experienced designer or industry partner. This gives customers the assurance that by appointing an SBID Accredited designer or using an SBID Accredited partner’s products, they will be safeguarded from unregulated providers and will therefore receive the highest level of professional service.


To find out more about becoming SBID accredited click here

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