Become Accredited

Become SBID Accredited

Becoming ‘SBID Accredited’ means that you have had the the highest assessed industry benchmark* in a promoted category of interior design capabilities. Accreditation acknowledges process, skill, experience and knowledge to execute a client brief.©️

Interior Design professionals at all levels of their career as well as Industry Partners benefit from becoming SBID Accredited. We also welcome those currently studying their degree in interior design to join the SBID Students membership for a head-start in your professional interior design degree.

Join a global industry network, benefit from access to networking opportunities, free awards entries, connections to leaders in the global design industry, CPDs and much more.

To find out more about our flexible accreditation structure, simply complete the form below, alternatively you can  contact us directly by emailing [email protected] or by telephone 020 7738 9383.

*SBID is the exclusive BRITISH representative member of the European Council of Interior Architects (Est.1992) whose purpose is to create and promote a unified standard of knowledge executed under EUROPEAN  law by each of 19 qualifying country members.

Becoming SBID Accredited in three simple steps:

1          You complete the enquiry form below which will categorise by membership sector, supplier or practitioner.

                        *Designers are categorised by qualification and experience.

                        *Suppliers are categorised by responsible performance.

The membership team will confirm the correct membership application for your market criteria and experience.


2          We carry out the necessary checks to confirm appropriate membership status.

Due diligence checks are completed to verify accurate, appropriate accreditation level and category.


3          You become ‘SBID Accredited’, a certification is issued along with accreditation materials  and you can take advantage of your accreditation benefits straight away.

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

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Eligibility Criteria

The first education based route to accreditation of a British Interior Designer was first established and launched in the UK by the Society of British and International Design in 2009. Originally adopted from the ECIA Charter of Education, it states that professional accreditation requires:

                                4 years of measured education with a degree in interior design or overlapping sectors


                                 2 years of work experience

                                Total: 6 years of training and industry work experience 

To ensure continued learning and improvement of accredited designers, SBID incorporated the life-long learning requirement of 24 SBID recognised CPD points p.a. and valid Professional Indemnity Insurance to its accreditation criteria.

This standard was later revised to take consideration of the shorter timeframe of a degree course in the UK which is often completed within two or three years compared with the four year degree course in Europe when the ECIA rule was created. It was also revised to encourage designers who had not acquired the European Council of Interior Architects entry criteria (listed above) to continue to improve.

This allowed a UK Interior Designer with a qualifying two year degree to be an Accredited Designer which the original criteria prevented.

The current entry level for an SBID Accredited Interior Designer requires:

                                4* years of measured education with a degree in interior design or overlapping sectors


                                2 years of work experience in the field of design

Total: 6 years of training and industry work experience + 24 SBID recognised CPD points p.a. and Professional Indemnity Insurance

*For each missing year of education a substitute of 1.5 years additional work experience and an interview of project procurement is required. The interview lasts approximately 40 minutes and is measured by sector on a category point-system, this measure and other criteria. Successful applicants are invited to join as an interim Accredited Designer for twelve months leading to full Accredited Membership. Interviews are held across the UK.  

What happens next?

Accredited Professionals and Membership Registrations are added to the international audited SBID register.

The SBID is the sole destination accredited by the British Government Department of Education to measure, assess, set and review education criteria of Interior Design for a Baccalaureate Degree.

As the first and sole UK accredited representative of the European Council of Interior Architects since our founding year, we are proud to have achieved this unique status to further the growth and development of the interior design profession around the world.

*SBID is part funded by the British Government for education.

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