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Annual CPD Requirement for BIID Registered Interior Designers

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As the year draws to a close, it is our duty to Full Members to remind you that your annual CPD hours are due by Friday 29th April 2022 for all learning activities undertaken in the period 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022.

Why do we require our Full Members to report their CPD?

Staying up to date with the latest materials, technology, innovations, and legislation is essential for interior designers, and commitment to accruing CPD is a benchmark of professionalism. CPD strengthens an individual’s knowledge of their vocation, fortifies the reputation of the sector, and benefits your services to clients.

What is the annual requirement?

All BIID Registered Interior Designers (UK and international) are required to accrue, record, and submit 10 hours of structured learning and 10 hours of unstructured learning per subscription year, or a little over 2 hours per month.

What is structured learning?

Structured learning is any activity undertaken that has clear learning objectives and assists in your professional development as a designer. These can include:

  • Online and in-person workshops and courses
  • Webinars
  • conferences
  • E-learning modules
  • Accredited CPDs from suppliers to the trade
  • 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 that has a clear relationship to the practice of interior design (such as an MA in Interior Design)

Take advantage of the many structured CPD courses offered by the BIID by:

And don’t forget, external sources are counted too, such as

  • Other built environment organisations like RIBA and CITB 
  • Trade Show talk programmes like Decorex Virtual

What is unstructured learning?

Unstructured CPD activities include:

  • Reading interiors related journals, magazines, and books (online and hardcopy)
  • 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 or CPD Provider assessor

Unstructured learning is simple to accrue, especially if you spend an hour a week or so catching up on your favourite interior magazine titles.

How do I record CPD?

CPD is recorded in hours and can be input via three methods:

  • The CPD Tracker in the Member Area*
  • The CPD Tracker template
  • Your own template

The CPD cycle: 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022

Please record and submit your CPD electronically to by no later than Friday 29th April 2021.

*The CPD Tracker in the Member Area has replaced the BIID Knowledge Hub

And finally

We would like to thank all our Members for their resilience and participation this last year. The enthusiasm for our online learning has been excellent and we look forward to the gradual return to in-person events mixed with a continued virtual presence for 2022 and beyond.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff about your annual CPD requirement or require a copy of the template, please get in touch by email or by telephone 0207 628 0255.


  • Associate members of the BIID 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.