What is the BIID and why is it relevant?

By April 18, 2019 May 7th, 2019 Interior Design, Knowledge & Tips, News

Absolute Project Management is now a BIID Registered Practice, this means the business meets the national professional standards for interior design.  While it’s not compulsory for Interior Designers to register, hiring a BIID registered professional will ensure your project is:

  • professionally managed,
  • expertly executed, and
  • will adhere to regulations.

So what is the BIID and how do they achieve/ ensure the above of their members?

BIID stands for the British Institute of Interior Design.  It was founded in 1965 and awarded Institute status in 2009 as the only professional organisation for interior designers in the UK.  Since then it has developed a professional pathway allowing members to gain a national professional qualification.

Becoming a BIID Registered Interior Designer® requires:

  • Completing a minimum of six yearsof combined interior design/architecture education and work experience
  • Successfully passing a Registration Assessment*
  • Demonstrating you have professional insurances in place for work undertaken

Maintaining membership involves:

  • Continue professional development by completing, recording and submitting a minimum of 20 hours of CPD training each year- to ensure continued expertise and knowledge.
  • Maintaining relevantprofessional insurances
  • Adherence to the BIID Code of Conduct.

Liz is now a BIID Registered Interior Designer

For registered professionals in the BIID, Interior Design is a serious professional career choice, not a hobby.  We undertake years of professional training and learn to juggle the needs of clients, regulation and contractors in order to achieve outstanding results, often in limited space.  Interior Design is not a simple undertaking (though we may make it look easy!) and deserves the prestige and professional expectations of other similar vocations in the construction industry.

It is wonderful to have an Institute in the UK which regulates and upholds a professional standard of service, as well as providing exciting training, networking and award events for its members.  As such Absolute are fully committed to continuing our involvement with the BIID.  Liz currently volunteers for CPD assessments, takes part in speaking events and is beginning her full membership by joining the Professional Practice Committee.

If you’d like to know more about our involvement with the BIID or are interested in speaking to us about the professional service we can provide, please get in touch.

*The registration assessment is the presentation of a completed project to an assessment panel.  The project must evidence various competencies over 20 key sections such as- taking a brief, writing a proposal, design development, building regulations, site management, CDM requirements and many more.  More information can be found on the BIID website here.