Design Practice membership is a simple and affordable scheme that will enable all the employees in your practice to be affiliated with the BIID, take advantage of Continued Professional Development (CPD) seminars, network with like minded individuals and receive industry news.

Membership offers you and your practice the following benefits:

  • Badge of professionalism - A clear demonstration that you, the Principal interior designer has met the only national professional standard for interior design
  • Marketing advantage – Use of the well-recognised BIID logo on your website and marketing materials
  • Update your knowledge – Access numerous discounted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminars, lectures and courses
  • Professional Insurance – Discounted rates with the BIID Professional Indemnity insurance scheme
  • Raise your profile - Access to  exclusive media and public speaking opportunities
  • Build your network – Access to numerous networking opportunities
  • Find new clients – Company profile on the BIID website where potential clients can find you. You will also receive client referrals directly to your inbox
  • Influence your industry – volunteer on a committee that works to improve an aspect of the industry you are passionate about, such as policy or education
  • Professional guidance – Free legal, HR and CDM helpline
  • Exclusive discounts – complimentary tickets and discounts to industry events and publications

Eligibility and Criteria

Before a design practice membership is offered the BIID must assess the competence of the Principal designer who must become a BIID Registered Interior Designer by meeting the following requirements:

  • A total of six years of combined interior design education and work experience or a minimum of 6 years work experience
  • Must carry relevant professional insurances i.e. Professional Indemnity, Public and Employers’ Liability insurance
  • Must attend the Final Assessment in person to present one complete project. This final assessment aims to underpin and evidence your knowledge of professional practice in conjunction with the BIID Code of Conduct. The Final Assessment can also be conducted via Skype

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 project undertaken in the past 24 months
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Passport

Once your current level of work experience and education has been assessed, you will be invited to attend the Final Assessment in person. You will need to show via a complete design project, how you have researched and developed an interior design project for a client complete with an analysis of their requirements. A checklist will be provided to ensure that you have all of the relevant documentation for your meeting. For those unable to attend in person, the Registration Assessment can be conducted by Skype provided all work is submitted at least 10 days in advance of the assessment.

Please click here for further details on the Registration Assessment which is included in the Candidate Induction Guide.

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Design Practice subscription Bands

Design Practice subscription fees are calculated on the number of interior design staff a practice employs (i.e. interior designers and design assistants only), plus the fee for Registered Interior Designer.

Individual* Practice* Total VAT Total
* The membership rates quoted above is the fee you will pay if you switch to paying by direct debit. Fees can also 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. Membership fees are reviewed annually.
Band 1 (1-3 Staff) £395 £155 £550 £110 £660
Band 2 (4-8 Staff) £395 £355 £750 £150 £900
Band 3 (9-15 Staff) £395 £605 £1,000 £200 £1,200
Band 4 (16-20 Staff) £395 £1,105 £1,500 £300 £1,800
Band 5 (20+ Staff) £395 £1,605 £2,000 £400 £2,400

The Principal designer must complete the BIID Registered Interior Designer CPD requirement of 20 hours per year. Please click here for further information

Should the Principal designer leave the practice the membership will no longer be valid. Anyone wishing to replace the Principal designer must meet the BIID Registered Interior Designer requirements and attend the Registration Assessment.

Design Practice membership does not entitle practice staff access to the BIID Professional Pathway. Should any practice employee wish to apply for individual membership and join the Pathway they will receive a 25% discount on the cost of their membership.

Membership is not transferable. Any employees leaving a Design Practice who are not also members in their own right would have to take out the relevant membership in order to remain members of the BIID.

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