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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, but it has gone further. 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, we pioneered accreditation for SBID British Interior Designers by setting out measures of competence, skill, experience, an annual requirement of Accredited CPD from recognised providers, as well as professional 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 begin your journey with SBID at any time in your career or at any level of experience. Together, we will help you in your chosen design specialism to reach your full potential and elevate your career opportunities. SBID is set to launch the entry exam in 2021 as the only method to enter the SBID Accredited membership .

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:

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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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