The British Institute of Interior Design is launching a new protected title scheme for professional interior designers.
The organisation claims that the new BIID Registered Interior Designer title “is a way for clients, designers and other built environment professionals to identity interior designers who have met the BIID’s rigorous professional standard”.
To qualify for the new BIID register, interior designers will have to have six years’ of education and work experience, the support of professional referees and professional indemnity insurance.
They will also have to complete a face-to-face registration assessment, where they will need to demonstrate “extensive” professional practice knowledge and show a completed design project.
To stay on the register, designers will have to adhere to BIID’s code of conduct and also complete an annual continuing professional development requirement.
Once registered, designers will be able to describe themselves as BIID Registered Interior Designers and to use the term RegID after their name.
Other professions have legal protection
BIID draws parallels between its scheme and other registered professional titles in field such as construction.
The organisation adds: “[We hope] that the launch of this new title will bring much needed clarity to the current field.
“While in the UK the term ‘architect’ is a legally protected title, governed by the Architects Registration Board, there is no similar government regulation for interior design.”
Defining the term “interior designer”
BIID president Daniel Hopwood says: “The current widespread title confusion between interior designer, interior architect and interior decorator is not helpful for designers, students or clients.
“Interior designer is the best descriptor for the complex mix of knowledge, skills and experience required to design interior space, which of course includes extensive knowledge of interior architecture and interior decoration.”