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SBID Accreditation has a pre-eminent reputation for representing highly skilled and qualified interior designers, product suppliers, interior fit-out specialists and educational institutions. Our Accreditation acts as a testament to the high standards both SBID and our accredited professionals uphold. Those with SBID Accreditation abide by a globally recognised code of practice, which provides an assurance of high-quality results for all those who work with SBID-accredited professionals.

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SBID members have demonstrated the high standards required to become accredited. Entry is awarded by competence as well as conduct; it is a dual consideration. Each membership category requires applicants to demonstrate a commitment for improvement, be it personal or professional, as well as an agreement to comply with the Code of Conduct, ethical standards and social impacts on society. This pre-eminent level of professional excellence is delivered in the UK through SBID members.

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SBID-accredited designers receive an annual short Professional Service Contract (PSC) for the appointment of professional design services. Additional contracts are available for larger projects, which address the scope and scale of all client instructions and can be used for appointing supervisors, consultants, or other suppliers.

SBID has partnered with NEC Contracts in order to provide SBID members with access to the principal suite of award-winning professional service contracts in the UK for interior design services. Our members must also hold valid Professional Indemnity Insurance in order to quality for Accreditation. This offers financial protection against client non-payment and associated legal costs, where claims of errors may result in a negligence dispute.

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SBID Accreditation is an internationally recognised marque of professional British interior design. Endorsement of the standards for professional practice, experience and qualified knowledge provides consumers with independent validation of the bearers credibility.


Pioneer of Education-based Accreditation

In 2009, SBID pioneered Accreditation that is directly linked to an education-based route into professional interior design practice. It was the first time that a UK accreditation had stipulated a certain level of education in order to qualify. SBID Accreditation relies on an interior designer’s proficiency, as determined by a rigorous entry process and criteria for a first degree in the field of design.

This first to market criteria raised the bar and set the first standard for professional practice in the UK by training, whilst providing a much-needed distinction and clarity for the wider public when selecting an interior designer. SBID Accreditation framework is now internationally recognised as an important influencer of industry standards. Each of the three industry categories, interior designers, fit-out specialists and product suppliers are defined by their knowledge and experience. This creates a unique and holistic design service throughout the supply chain.

Benefits of SBID Accreditation

Interior design professionals can benefit from SBID Accreditation throughout their careers. It provides unrivalled acknowledgement of their skills, as well as opportunities to network and collaborate with industry trade partners, open trade accounts, and meet new suppliers. Becoming SBID Accredited helps members to advance and enhance their careers in a number of ways.

SBID has an extensive communication network that works to highlight and promote member achievements. Members are kept informed of the latest industry developments, government updates and promotional benefits through the member-only platform; SBIDPro.

Members have access to:

  • Access to SBID extensive professional network through exclusive networking opportunities
  • Bespoke business engagements which encourage and facilitate business opportunities
  • Essential updates on law, business, industry news and related matters
  • Regional and online events to connect members to stakeholders in local areas
  • Special offers for international trade events including press trips, VIP access and free tickets
  • Interview opportunities with media partners; consumer, trade and national press
  • Promotional opportunities across SBID media, including a new SpeakEasy platform for podcasts, webinars and digital discussions.
  • Invitation to the exclusive SBID annual Meet the Buyer networking events.
  • Business support; this includes favourable rates for business services
  • Access to SBID’s Accredited continuing professional development (CPD) programme for ongoing specialist training.
  •  Raise global professional profiles with exclusive entry benefits to the SBID International Design Awards.

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