Interior designers with a total of six years of combined interior design/architecture education and work experience or a minimum of 6 years work experience qualify for BIID Registered Interior Designer® membership.


  • Must carry relevant professional insurances i.e. Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance
  • Must attend the Registration Assessment in person to present one complete project. This registration assessment aims to underpin and evidence your knowledge of professional practice in conjunction with the BIID Code of Conduct. The Registration Assessment can also be conducted via Skype

Please click here to review the format for Registration Assessment.

Application Process

Applicants are required to complete the online application form and include details of their education, work experience and areas of expertise.  Insurance policy details for Professional Indemnity and Public Liability. Contact details of two professionals who you have worked with that can support your application for membership i.e. architects, surveyors, trade suppliers or BIID Registered Interior Designers, please click here for a full list of acceptable referees.

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

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

Once your current level of work experience and education has been assessed, you will be invited to attend the Registration 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.

For those unable to attend in person, the Registration Assessment can be conducted by Skype.

If you are not able to meet the criteria for the registration assessment you may apply to become an Associate or Provisional Associate member (depending on your professional qualifications) until you are ready to upgrade your membership to BIID Registered Interior Designer®.

Membership Fees

BIID Registered Interior Designer *£395 + VAT per year. Membership dues are based on the calendar year (April - March). Memberships are pro-rated on a monthly basis.

*The membership rate quoted above is the fee 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

Member benefits

Membership offers you the following benefits:

  • Badge of professionalism - A clear demonstration that you have met the only national professional standard for interior design. Use of the well-recognised BIID Registered Interior Designer® logo and appellation on your website and marketing materials
  • Update your knowledge – Access to numerous discounted and free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminars, lectures and courses
  • Professional Insurance – Discounted rates with the BIID Professional Indemnity insurance scheme (not available prior to application)
  • Raise your profile - Access to  exclusive media and public speaking opportunities
  • Build your network – Access to numerous networking opportunities
  • Find new clients – Profile on the BIID website where potential clients can find you. You will also receive client referrals directly to your inbox
  • Promote your practice – Align your site board next to other professionals to promote your membership and practice to potential clients
  • 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 helplines
  • Post a Job Vacancy - Receive one complimentary job Advert on the BIID website per membership year (subsequent listing £50 + VAT)
  • Exclusive discounts – complimentary tickets and discounts to industry events, publications and industry memberships
  • Income Protection – Protect your income for the future with the BIID Income Protection scheme and receive a discounted introductory offer.
  • CSCS (PQP) Cards - Members can apply for a Professionally Qualified Persons (PQP) cards from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, the leading skills certification scheme (CSCS) within the UK construction industry

Please click here to apply online for membership
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Click here to download the editable PDF application form if you are experiencing problems with the online applications.

Design Practice membership

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.

Eligibility and Criteria
The Principal Designer must be a BIID Registered Interior Designer®. 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 subscription Bands
Design Practice subscription fees are calculated on the number of interior design and architect staff a practice employs (excludes admin staff), plus the fee for Registered Interior Designer. Please click here for a breakdown of the Design Practice subscription bands.

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

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

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