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INTERIOR DESIGNER: ASSOCIATE

Becoming a BIID Registered Interior Designer is the only way to demonstrate to clients, employers and colleagues that you have met our national professional standard for interior design.

The BIID Professional Pathway 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 experience. This progressive Pathway is designed to be undertaken whilst the candidate is working as an interior designer.

Candidates on the Pathway will complete the BIID Development Diary which provides a way for you to record your own development. The BIID will provide you with a list of all the required competencies so that you can match your achievements. We would expect you to demonstrate these competencies when you apply for full membership of the BIID. Candidates who have the required years of practice to apply for full membership will not be required to complete the BIID Development Diaries.

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 the Pathway as Associate members and will be able to use the BIID Associate logo. These qualifications will contribute to three years of credit towards the Pathway. Candidates’ time to complete the BIID Development Diaries will depend on their subsequent years of work experience i.e., 3 or 4 years of study plus 3 years of work experience, go directly for Registration Assessment; 3 or 4 years of study plus 1 year work experience, complete two years of Development Diaries before final assessment. 

Those with a Diploma (at Level 5)/Foundation Degree/HND in Interior Design, Interior Architecture or Architecture will enter the Pathway as Associate members and will be able to use the BIID Associate logo. These qualifications will contribute to two years of credit towards the Pathway. Candidates’ time to complete the Development Diaries will depend on their subsequent years of work experience i.e., equivalent of 2 years of study plus 4 years of work experience, go directly to final assessment or equivalent of 2 years’ study plus 2 years of work experience, complete two years of the Development Diaries before Registration Assessment.

Those with no recognised Interior Design/Interior Architecture educational qualifications will earn no credit toward the Pathway and will enter the Pathway based solely on their years of work experience.  Candidates will start as Provisional Associate members and may remain as Provisional Associate members until they have completed the requisite years of experience and completed the BIID Development Diaries. 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 and have use of the logo and continue completing the Development Diaries. A minimum of 6 years of work experience is required before Registration Assessment.

How will it benefit me?

There is currently no government regulation of the interior design profession which means that becoming a BIID Registered Interior Designer is the way to evidence your professionalism.

  • 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, when needed.
  • 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.
  • You will be able to enjoy all the additional benefits of BIID membership such as networking, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events and legal advice.
  • Once you have completed the Pathway, in addition to becoming a full BIID Member you will be listed on the ‘Find a Designer’ search engine, you will also receive client referrals directly to your inbox.

Membership Fees

There is no additional charge for undertaking the Pathway as it is included in the cost of your BIID membership. There are three membership levels:

Provisional Associate: *£95 + VAT per year: this membership is for those without a recognised interior design qualification and less than 2 years of work experience as an interior designer.

Associate, *£245 + VAT per year: this membership is for those with a recognised interior design qualification or between 2 and 6 years of interior design work experience. This enables you to access the benefits of Institute membership and promote yourself as an Associate member, whilst completing the Professional Pathway.

Recent graduates of a UK recognised level 5 or 6 diploma/degree in interior design will receive a 50% discount off their first membership subscription.

BIID Registered Interior Designer, *£395 + VAT per year: this membership is for those with more than 6 years of combined interior design education and work experience or a minimum of 6 years of work experience. Candidates will need to show, via a complete design project, how they have researched and developed an interior design project for a client complete with an analysis of their requirements.

*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.

Application Process

Applicants are required to complete the online application form and include details of their education, work experience, areas of expertise and two professional references.

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

  • List of projects undertaken in the past 24 months, if applicable
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of your Professional Certificate
  • Passport sized colour portrait photograph

Once your current level of work experience and education has been assessed, you will receive the BIID Professional Pathway Candidate Induction Guide, Provisional to Associate Assessment, if applicable, together with the BIID Development Diary.

Please click here to apply for Associate member

Please click here to apply for Provisional Associate


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