What Can The Interior Design Body Do For You As A Designer? 23rd August 2022 | IN DESIGN ADVICE | BY SBID

The internationally recognised interior design body was developed to support freelance designers and studios in the industry, as well as set students and recent graduates on the pathway for a professional career. The Society for British & International Interior Design (SBID) offers essential guidance for interior designers to grow their careers or business, gain ongoing knowledge and enhance their industry profile.


SBID | What Do We Do?

As the leading professional accrediting body and representative of interior design standards across Britain and around the world, SBID aims to celebrate, support and promote interior designers, fit out specialists and manufacturers to sustain, develop and improve their business and career prospects. SBID connects its network of industry experts and trade specialists who are operating at the highest level of competence. The standards set by SBID help create a genuine pathway for trainees and current working professionals to further their careers, offering valuable education, networking and accreditation.


SBID | Why Join Us?

Joining SBID and receiving accreditation as an interior designer is vital for placing yourself at the front of your profession, distinguishing yourself when it comes to competitors. Making it onto our exclusive designer directory and showcasing your credentials will prove to both your peers and prospective clients that you are a verified, trusted and fully accredited interior designer who is more than capable of completing the project at hand. There are several essential benefits to achieving accreditation and joining SBID as a member. Below, we outline some of the reasons joining us could prove pivotal in your career trajectory!

Designer Directory

At SBID, our extensive designer directory database provides unique access to a whole world of accredited interior design professionals at your fingertips. It’s a vital source for finding proven and trained interior designers with a commitment to excellence and ongoing development. Joining the SBID professional network, achieving accreditation and featuring in our designer directory will showcase to clients that you are an interior designer worth investing in, and that you’re equipped with specialist skills and knowledge they need for their project.


Exclusive Benefits

When you become a member of SBID, you gain access to a unique professional community and a suite of industry benefits that can offer both education and career opportunities. From business prospects, media promotion and publishing, to exclusive member offers, professional resources and Directory listings, choosing membership with SBID will provide you with the benefits to assist you in expanding your reputation as a designer and increasing your visibility in the industry. Below are just some of the vital benefits SBID Designers receive:

  • Unique access to a CPD training programme for ongoing learning
  • Access to Interior Design Contracts for client engagements
  • A suite of exclusive rates for business services, from insurance to accounting solutions
  • Partner exclusive offers and opportunities, including trade show tickets and networking events
  • Free entry into the annual SBID International Design Awards programme
  • Promotional media and editorial publishing to showcase projects, services and expertise



At SBID, we’re proud to work in conjunction with many leading names in the industry and have access to a community of expert suppliers for your project specification and procurement. We help create networking and engagement opportunities to connect interior designers with the unique professional solutions they might require. Invites to member Breakfast Meetings, CPD seminars and other showroom activities help you establish and build key relationships within the interior design profession, while trade event ticket offers help interior designers access the leading and international events for design, such as Decorex and Maison & Objet.

SBID | Accreditation

Perhaps the most important reason for joining the Society for British and International Interior Design is to achieve accreditation status to prove to peers or potential clients that you’re a trusted expert in your industry, demonstrating the knowledge, commitment and expertise required to carry out best practices. Accreditation is the distinguishing factor between inexperienced interior designers and professionals operating at the highest level, signifying to your clientele that they will receive the upmost professional service and design advice, no matter the scope or specifics of their project.

With our unique membership structure, SBID will provide the necessary pathway to achieving accreditation, no matter what stage of your career you currently find yourself in, from emerging designers to seasoned professionals, we support members from humble beginnings to the reaching of their ultimate potential.


SBID | Accredited Interior Design CPD

The UK’s premier membership destination for interior design practitioners, at SBID, we aim to support and facilitate professional development of interior designers across the industry, from students to experienced sole traders, ensuring they are on the right pathway to success. We’re proud to offer an incredible range of professional interior design CPD courses, online training and learning opportunities that help you in furthering your skills and experience to maintain standards.

Interest & Enquiry

The first step on the pathway to accreditation is to complete the initial enquiry form with some basic information to express your interest in joining SBID membership. Once submitted, your enquiry will be reviewed by our Memberships team. They will be in touch to discuss your application and provide you with more detailed information about our membership levels and accreditation requirements, as well as promotional packages and industry benefits available.


Assessment & Verification

Once we understand your eligibility and confirm your appropriate pathway to accreditation, SBID will begin the process of carrying out the necessary checks required to verify your accreditation status. This is essential in ensuring the accurate credentials for your individual case, ensuring you receive the level of accreditation suited to you and your business.


Acknowledgement & Registration

Once you have completed your enquiry and the necessary checks have been carried out, you will then receive official confirmation of the review process. If successful, you will be set up as an SBID member and registered at the appropriate level. You’ll be added to the relevant trade list in our exclusive designer directory. As confirmation, you’ll also receive a digital certificate, alongside any relevant accreditation materials, logos, industry resources and membership benefits.

SBID | Get Accredited by the Leading Interior Design Organisation

SBID is a professional body for interior designers made up of a pool of British and international talent. Those who meet our criteria are welcome to join the society where accreditation is given to further careers and contribute to the success of the industry.

The most effective method to position your business as an interior design expert is to get accredited with The Society of British & International Interior Design. By getting accredited, you’ll be recognised as upholding the professional standards of the industry, joining a wealth of interior design practices across the UK and abroad that are now globally recognised as having the training, experience and dedication to the development of themselves and their field.

Becoming SBID Accredited provides the public with the comfort that the member has attained the highest status of assessed knowledge and experience in the UK. We embrace the creativity and evolving future of the interior design world, to nurture professional designers in the business and support experts through their careers. Contact us today.

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