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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

Pioneering SBID Accreditation is now generally promoted across the UK; endorsing a mix of training experience and continued professional and personal development to distinguish a qualified and monitored interior designer. Click here to find out what makes SBID Accreditation different. The SBID standard of endorsement is a globally recognised marque. In 2020/1 it will become the first UK professional body to require all future applications from interior designers applying for SBID Accredited status to complete an entry exam as a condition of Accreditation if they do not meet SBID’s minimum educational requirements; elevating its members 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, but it has gone further. The SBID has separated itself from DIY, craft and entertainment television programmes to provide the public with an unrivalled protection.

SBID Accreditation

SBID is a globally respected organisation setting, measuring, enforcing and assisting the profession of interior design for stakeholders in the UK and around the world.

It is built for the future and designed to react at the speed of a modern world with a criteria that not only assists designers but also protects the public. In 2016, SBID applied for a Royal Charter. In 2019 SBID put the proposal to consultation.

The European Charter of Education is represented in the UK by the SBID ©️. The European Charter of Interior Architecture Education was drafted and signed by all ECIA members. 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 to our recognised peers around the world.

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Accrediting 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 across the UK equal to the peer members of the European Council of Interior Design across Europe.

Based on the European framework, we pioneered accreditation for SBID British Interior Designers by setting out measures of competence, skill and experience in the amended ECIA Code of Conduct, an Accredited CPD annual requirement from recognised providers, as well as work experience. 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. Click here to see eligibility of an SBID Accredited Interior Designer.

You can however begin your journey with SBID at any time in your career or at any level of experience and together we will help you on your way in your chosen interior design specialism to reach your full potential and elevate your career opportunities. In 2020/1 SBID is set to launch the entry exam as the only method to enter the SBID Accredited membership without holding a formal qualification in interior design.

SBID Accreditation Categories:

SBID Interior Design Professionals

• UK Interior Design Professional – SBID Accredited
• UK Interior Design Associate
• International Interior Design Professional
• UK Student

SBID Industry Partners

• UK Professional Industry Partner – SBID Accredited
• UK Platinum Partner – SBID Accredited

Eligibility Criteria:

The education-based route to accreditation for a British Interior Designer was established and launched in the UK by the SBID in 2009. Originally adopted from the ECIA Charter of Education and later revised for British degree time frames, the current entry level for an SBID Accredited Interior Designer or Industry Partner requires:

Accredited Designer requirement
Accredited Partner requirement

Associate membership is available for designers who do not meet the above criteria for SBID Accreditation.

For information about the new SBID Entry Exam coming 2020/21, click here.

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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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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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