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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the BIID

Commitment to CPD helps to ensure that BIID Members are keeping up to date with the latest developments in a rapidly changing industry.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a common term shared by many professions. It is the way by which professionals maintain and update their knowledge and skills after qualification. All BIID Registered Interior Designers are required to undertake an annual CPD requirement to remain a Member.

CPD provides an opportunity to update personal and professional skills, a platform to engage with experts in the industry and a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practice.

The Institute and its approved CPD Providers offer an ongoing calendar of CPD events . Members can also accrue CPD through seminars, lectures, project tours, factory visits, exhibitions, trade shows, webinars, online learning, mentoring and authoring books and articles. Members are encouraged to attain CPD from a variety of sources external to the CPD provided by the BIID. If you have any questions as to what constitutes as CPD, or how to record it, please call or email the office. 

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BIID CPD Requirement

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’.

To record your annual CPD hours, please email the office to receive the current BIID Education Tracker Excel Template, or keep track using your own template.

For assistance with recording your CPD Hours, please see the BIID Users Guide to Recording CPD Hours

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;
  • Other Online learning and webinars with clear learning objectives; 
  • 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 live or virtual 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;

Members should also obtain external CPD hours from a wide variety of sources in addition to or, as a substitute, for those offered by the BIID.


  • Associate members of the BIID who are undertaking Pathway Support 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