All BIID Registered Interior Designers are required to undertake and record 20 hours of CPD activity in each membership year (1st April to 31st March). A minimum of 10 hours of CPD activity must be ‘structured’ and the remaining hours can be ‘unstructured’.

Structured CPD activities include:

  • BIID live events – courses, seminars and conferences;
  • CPD offered by BIID accredited CPD Providers – whether live events or online learning;
  • Other live events with clear learning objectives – courses, seminars, workshops and conferences;
  • Online learning and webinars with clear learning objectives - such as that offered on the BIID Knowledge Hub
  • Formal teaching – developing and delivering learning for others that includes clear learning objectives;
  • Authorship – writing an article, manual or book that is published for a professional audience;
  • An academic course (for example an MSc) that has a clear relationship to the practice of interior design;

Unstructured CPD activities include:

  • Attending exhibitions and trade shows, such as Decorex International, Maison et Objet and 100% Design;
  • Reading interiors related journals, magazines and books;
  • Listening to interiors related podcasts;
  • Mentoring or coaching a student or junior designer;
  • Giving a talk or participating in a panel discussion at an exhibition, trade show or festival;
  • Volunteering on a BIID committee, Council or working party or as a BIID membership assessor;


  • Associate members of the BIID who are undertaking the Professional Pathway as a route to BIID Registered Interior Designer status are not required to submit CPD hours.
  • Retired and non-practising designers are also exempt from the requirement.
  • If you become a BIID Registered Interior Designer midway through the membership year, your annual CPD requirement will be pro-rated.
  • Extenuating circumstances, for example a long term illness, will be considered on a case by case basis.

This policy came into effect on 12/10/2016 - the previous BIID CPD requirement was measured in points rather than hours. if you would like any assistance with any aspect of CPD please don't hesitate to give us a call on 020 7628 0255 or email us at

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