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Interior Design professionals at all levels of their career as well as Industry Partners benefit from SBID membership. We also welcome those currently studying for interior design qualifications. Join a global industry network of 224,000 to benefit from access to networking opportunities, connections to leaders in the global design industry, CPD and much more.

Accreditation has differing values, relevant by industry sectors and experience. The highest independent accreditation an Interior Designer can achieve in the UK of measured training and practice experience is SBID ACCREDITED.

To find out more about our flexible membership structure, send us your details using the form below.

Alternatively, contact [email protected] or telephone 020 7738 9383.

Becoming an SBID Member in three simple steps:

1          You complete the enquiry form 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 confirm the correct on-line 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 and category.


3          Certification is issued.

SBID Membership Categories

SBID Interior Design Professionals

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