MEMBERS AREA

INTERIOR DESIGNER: ASSOCIATE


Associate membership is a category for interior designers with less than 6 years of work experience or interior designers who do not have the required knowledge/work experience to apply for BIID Registered Interior Designer® membership.

Eligibility and Criteria

Your entry point is determined by adding your years of education from recognised course providers to your years in full-time employment as an interior designer.  All candidates, however, must have a total of six years of combined interior design education and work experience or a minimum of 6 years work experience and have completed the Registration Assessment before becoming a BIID Registered Interior Designer®.

Those with a BA/BSc/MA/MDes in Interior Design, Interior Architecture or Architecture will enter membership as an Associate member and will be able to use the BIID Associate logo. These qualifications will contribute to three years of credit towards interior design work experience. Candidates’ time to become a Registered Interior Designer® will depend on their subsequent years of work experience:

Degree + 3 years of work experience = 6 years – apply for Registered Interior Designer®
Degree + 2 years of work experience = 5 years - complete 1 year of work experience
Degree + 1 year of work experience = 4 years – complete 2 years of work experience
Degree + no work experience = 3 years – complete 3 years of work experience

Those with a Diploma (at Level 5)/Foundation Degree/HND in Interior Design, Interior Architecture or Architecture will enter membership as an Associate member and will be able to use the BIID Associate logo. These qualifications will contribute to two years of credit towards interior design work experience. Candidates’ time to become a BIID Registered Interior Design® will depend on their subsequent years of work experience:

Diploma + 4 years of work experience = 6 years – apply for Registered Interior Designer®
Diploma + 3 years of work experience = 5 years complete 1 year of work experience
Diploma + 2 years of work experience = 4 years – complete 2 years of work experience
Diploma + 1 year of work experience = 3 years – complete 3 years of work experience
Diploma + no work experience = 2 years – complete 4 years of work experience

Those with no recognised Interior Design/Interior Architecture educational qualifications will earn no credit toward membership and will enter membership based solely on their years of work experience.  Candidates will start as a Provisional Associate member and may remain as Provisional Associate members until they have completed the requisite years of experience. Provisional Associates may not use the BIID Associate logo. If the candidate already has more than 2 years of work experience or once they have gained 2 years of work experience, they may elect to take the Provisional to Associate Assessment to become an Associate member.

No qualification + 6 years of work experience – apply for Registered Interior Designer®
No qualification + 5 years of work experience – complete 1 year of work experience
No qualification + 4 years of work experience – complete 2 years of work experience
No qualification + 3 years of work experience – complete 3 years of work experience
No qualification + 2 years of work experience – complete 4 years of work experience
No qualification + 1 year of work experience – complete 5 years of work experience
Recently started working in interior design – complete 6 years of work experience

Membership offers you the following benefits:

1.       BIID Associate logo and appellation (Not available to Provisional Associates)

2.       Access to numerous discounted and free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminars, lectures and courses.

3.       Discounted rates with the BIID Professional Indemnity insurance scheme (not available prior to application)

4.       Access to numerous networking opportunities

5.       Access to professional guidance with free legal, HR and CDM Helplines

6.       Exclusive discounts or complimentary tickets to industry events, publications and industry membership’s

7.       Introductory off discount with the BIID Income Protection Scheme

8.       Access to the BIID Professional Pathway which is the route to becoming a BIID Registered Interior Designer. The Pathway is a developed professional standard for a fully inclusive 6 year route to professional competence that recognises time spent in both education and work experience. This progressive Pathway is designed to be undertaken whilst the candidate is working as an interior designer. You will receive:

a.       Support for the BIID Professional Pathway will be provided by the BIID Professional Pathway team who will be able to answer your questions and provide guidance via the quarterly mentoring programme, when needed.

b.      You will be able to formally validate your professional competence and clearly demonstrate to employers, colleagues and clients that you have met the national standard for interior design.

c.       Once you have completed the Pathway, in addition to becoming a BIID Registered Interior Designer® you will be listed on the ‘Find a Designer’ search engine, you will also receive client referrals directly to your inbox.

Please click here to review the BIID Professional Pathway Candidate Induction Guide.

Membership Fees

Associate, *£245 + VAT per year: this membership is for those with a recognised interior design qualification. This enables you to access the benefits of Institute membership and promote yourself as an Associate member, whilst completing the Professional Pathway.

Graduates who apply within a year of graduating from a UK recognised level 5 or 6 diploma/degree in interior design will receive a 50% discount off their first membership subscription.

Provisional Associate: *£95 + VAT per year: this membership is for those without a recognised interior design qualification.

*The membership rates quoted above are the fees you will pay if you switch to paying by direct debit. Fees can be spread over the year by a direct debit collection. If payment is made by BACS/Credit or Debit card an additional £25 will apply. Fees are reviewed annually.

There is a one-off non-refundable Application Fee of £50 + VAT (£60).

Application process

Applicants are required to complete the online application form and include details of their education, work experience and areas of expertise.  Contact details of two professionals who you have worked with and are willing to support your application for membership i.e. architects, surveyors, trade suppliers, educators or BIID Registered Interior Designers.

You will also be required to upload the following information to your application:

  • List of projects undertaken in the past 24 months, if any (bullet points only)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Professional Certificate
  • Colour portrait photograph

 Please click here to apply for Associate member

Please click here to apply for Provisional Associate

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