FAQs

Engaging in a CPD programme as part of professional lifelong learning is an obligatory requirement of SBID membership and incorporated into the founding registered prospectus of the professional organisation for interior design in Britain.

CPD provided by an education-accredited programme will be of greater value to practitioners. Accreditation means the programme is created by an independent authority that has been recognised by a British education standards authority. Anything less is a marketing tool for everyone… except the recipient. The CPD provided by individual professions have different authority and merit. For the profession of interior design, an unprotected title, it is in itself essential that independent education validation is crucial in order to identify validity of content.

An SBID-accredited CPD has a unique value in the sector of interior design because SBID is uniquely accredited by government education bodies and government-supported education providers to provide accreditation to education courses and learning outcomes for interior design. This industry pre-eminence provides assurance to our members and their clients that the CPD education provided and undertaken is fit for purpose by an approved licence. SBID launched the protected programme in 2012.

To find out more about SBID education validity read more here.

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CPD has an added value for SBID Accredited members, who are not only obligated as part of the responsibility of individual membership qualification to acquire CPD points per annum, but aspire to improve personal knowledge of the industry in which they practice generically, but also because knowledge reduces risk.

Statistics show that Insurers providing cover for an educated practitioner such as an SBID Accredited Member have less insurance claims and industry complaints than other sectors of the industry.

Education opens the mind to different ideas. Education inspires.

The SBID Education Authority provides accredited courses by a licensed provider. This route fir improvement is protected by copyright and ‘passing off’ so it is the preeminent CPD Programme in the U.K. for interior design. In the rare situation that an SBID Accredited Member finds the self in a legal dispute, the CPD Log provides a valuable aide of further endorsement of the continued higher professional standards. attained.

These FAQs will help you find the answers you are looking for:

What is the criteria for becoming an SBID CPD provider?

CPD providers must provide material that has been assessed for its knowledge and educational content as well as its relevance to SBID-accredited professional interior designers and architects (who have themselves achieved the highest measure of education and industry experience in Europe as assessed by the European Council of Interior Architects).

What’s SBID’s viewpoint on CPD content?

A CPD is not a marketing tool; it is an educational tool. Its purpose is to ensure that professionals who sell advice and recommend or specify product have the skills and awareness to make informed decisions. Engaging in lifelong learning allows SBID Members to keep up to date with industry technology and legislation as well as built environment and sustainability spikes; it also serves to broadens the mind and inspires creative curiosity and ideas.

Each CPD must provide knowledge. It should whet the appetite and provoke discussion, it can provide solutions and it may simply be a broad view of the industry. There are many CPD providers, many of which do not have independent accreditation and therefore do not meet CPD educational standards. SBID CPD is an authority because it has been assessed for education as well as relevance to the industry by an expert panel and SBID is uniquely accredited for education, making an SBID CPD pre-eminent as a specific interior design sector provider.

Do you have advice on appropriate content for becoming an accredited CPD Provider?

Your submission material for accreditation as a CPD Provider might contain the following criteria:

Product science; Industry legislation (including updates in law); Education on industry sector; Interfacing technology; Installation guidelines; Built environment relevant knowledge; Composition of generic product and environmental impact; Lifecycle expectancy of generic products and functionality demonstrating improvement through design; Technological industry product features

    • CPD may not be used as a sales tool; it is an educational tool.
    • You may not alter the registered CPD presentation content without reassessment.

How long is a CPD licence valid for?

A CPD licence is valid for two years.

What happens after I submit an application to become a CPD provider?

There are three possible outcomes from a submission to become a CPD provider;

      • Your profile meets the standards and you will be invited to submit an application for registration.

If this is the case, we will write to you and let you know.

      • More information is required – we will write to you and let you know what additional information the assessors require to meet the CPD standards. You will be listed on the register as ‘application pending’ while we await more information for the assessors.
      • If your profile does not meet the standards, CPD assessors will provide a three-month extension for applications to be resubmitted with additional guidelines for content to meet our standards of education in CPD. Where the applicant does not meet the SBID Member Ethics Code, the application will be denied, even if the CPD requirement meets the educational standard.

How much does it cost to become a CPD provider?

Registration assessment fee (non-refundable): £500 + VAT
Two-year Accreditation Licence including unlimited presentations: £5,000

What is the registration process for CPD providers?

To become an accredited CPD provider you must provide the required data on the application form along with the non-returnable registration assessment fee of £500. When your CPD application is processed and accredited you will be billed for £5,000 plus VAT. If an application is received from a company or individual that is unable to meet the SBID Code of Ethics, the fee and application will be returned marked ‘application denied’.

The registration assessment fee of £500 + VAT is the assessment costs to have your application to become a licensed CPD Provider and enter your name onto the register.
The CPD register is varied, full and provides our membership with inspiration and knowledge so we have selectively provided a balanced register of high quality CPD licence providers.

How do I apply?

To become an SBID approved CPD provider, you can apply for a recognised listing here. If you are already a CPD provider with another SBID-recognised body, you can apply for a dual listing at a reduced rate through our partnership programmes and recognised providers scheme.

For more information, send details of the independent accrediting CPD body and information relevant to support your application to cpd@sbid.org

If you require multiple CPD accreditations, please contact us below.

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