The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) announced a new protected title for professional interior designers, BIID Registered Interior Designer. This new 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.
Requirements for the title are 6 years of education and work experience, the support of professional referees, and professional indemnity insurance. Successful completion of a face to face Registration Assessment where a demonstration of extensive professional practice knowledge must be evidenced through presentation of a completed design project.
The BIID will hold a Register of these professionals which clients will be able to use as an essential resource. Once a designer has become a BIID Registered Interior Designer they must adhere to the BIID's Code of Conduct and annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement to remain on the Register. In addition to being able to describe themselves as a BIID Registered Interior Designer individuals will also be able to use the post nominals RegID after their name.
"We are absolutely delighted to be launching BIID Registered Interior Designer and we are confident that it will provide a much needed professional benchmark for our industry," commented Daniel Hopwood, BIID President. "This 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. This view, combined with the fact that the use of the Registered title is already well established in the UK construction sector, led to the development of BIID Registered Interior Designer.
"BIID Registered Interior Designer is a symbol that an individual has met our high standards of professional competence and we are hoping the new title will raise standards across the profession at every level. It is also a Registered trademark and use of the logo will be strictly controlled to ensure only those designers who have met the rigorous standard are able to use the title."