Gilly Craft, BIID President Elect and founder of Koubou Interiors, discusses the latest CPD news from the BIID.

In her role as CPD Director, Gilly oversees the Institute’s CPD programme of seminars, lectures and tours in addition to the expansion of its CPD Providers Directory.

The BIID’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) offering to members is educational and fun – or at least that’s what we try to achieve! Once a BIID Associate has completed the BIID Professional Pathway and become a BIID Member, they are required to undertake an annual CPD requirement to remain a member. In this column, I’d like to explain a bit more about the benefits of the BIID’s CPD offering.

 How can CPD help me?

BIID members are required to achieve 20 hours of CPD in a year. This must be made up from different disciplines so that the training is valuable both to the member and their clients. CPD ensures designers can gain access to the latest developments and update their skills in a rapidly changing industry. It also provides a platform to engage with experts in the industry and a forum for exchanging ideas and best practice.

I have been CPD Director of the BIID for nineteen months now. Together with the other members of the CPD Committee, we look at ways of delivering CPDs that are both informative and enjoyable.


How can I earn CPD points?

There are several ways to gain CPD points, either by attending events and seminars run by the BIID, the CPD Providers, by attending their events or the CPD Provider Showcase which is run once a year, or by visiting the online Knowledge Hub. The Knowledge Hub was started in 2016 and content is being added all the time. This is a huge resource to designers, especially those who are out of town and find it hard to get to events in London.


What do CPD courses cover? 

The CPD offering has a wide spectrum of topics; from specifying Acoustics and Suspended Ceilings, to Styling Interiors for photography, writing press releases and everything in between.

Events and visits, such as tours of buildings and collections that have a relevance to the industry have been very successful and we plan to do many more. In 2016 we had a private tour of the Royal Albert Hall. The architecture alone was spectacular, but we were very lucky to see the underground labyrinth which runs underneath the hall and is vast enough to take huge trucks. All of the equipment for concerts arrives here and is then sent straight up to the stage in enormous lifts. Getting a close-up view of the mushrooms in the dome was breath-taking and required a good head for heights!!

July 2017 saw the tour of Kenwood House in Hampstead, which houses a stunning library designed by Adam and beautiful gardens designed by Humphrey Repton. The Art Collection has works by Rembrandt, Turner, Gainsborough and Vermeer, all gifted to the nation by the 1st Earl of Iveagh.

Another new initiative we recently started was a ‘Meet the Expert’ round table discussion day. Arper very kindly hosted the event in their London showroom. Several experts were invited and each hosted a table together with a member of the CPD Committee. Groups of designers then moved around the room at twenty-minute intervals, visiting each of the tables to ask questions. The experts on the day covered; Building Regulations, CDM, Party Wall, Procurement, Professional Indemnity and Quantity Surveying.


How can I get involved? 


The Institute and its approved CPD Providers offer an ongoing calendar of informative and engaging CPD events through the BIID CPD Providers Directory. This can be found on the BIID website, giving interior designers access to BIID approved specialist CPDs, the majority provided free of charge.

On Tuesday 20th March 2018, BIID members are invited to attend the BIID CPD Providers Showcase, providing an opportunity for interior design professionals to stay up-to-date with developments in the industry and network with other design professionals. This day-long course of BIID-accredited CPD seminars will cover a vast range of different subjects, previously including talks from Crestron, Artichoke, Roca, Domus Group, Eporta, Benjamin Moore UK (Shaw Paints Ltd), Lathams, and Aztec Plants. The programme for this year will be announced soon.

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