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23rd June 2017
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New design accreditation for KBSA designers
Three of the leading organisations in the KBB industry have come together to launch a new design accreditation that will, for the first time, allow qualified kitchen and bathroom designers to be recognised for their kbb design skills and experience.
The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA), the kbb National Training Group (NTG) and The Society of British & International Designers (SBID) are working together in partnership to promote the individual and separate skills of a kitchen and/or bathroom designer within the existing framework of SBID.
Designers that meet the educational and experience requirements can apply to use the newly created SBID-KBB accreditation. Evidence of four years in higher education plus two years' experience or eight years' experience are the current entry requirements. There is an additional requirement for 24 hours of CPD learning each year to retain membership and members must comply with the International Code of Conduct.
SBID has provided a promotional membership rate for qualified designers that are employed by KBSA retailers. Membership will allow the designers to use the accreditation letters after their name and for KBSA members to use the SBID logo on promotional material.
"This is a significant development and presents the first genuine opportunity for kbb designers to be recognised as professionals," said Vanessa Brady, President of SBID, at the launch.
"As we all know, kitchen design has evolved during the past few years, and now embraces aspects of interior design to facilitate the kitchen as a living space. Today's kitchen designers offer wider experience to their clients, and these new categories reflect this change."
KBSA CEO Graham Ball added: "We are delighted to be able to launch this groundbreaking initiative that will enable designers to differentiate their service and promote their expertise under the well-respected banner of SBID. There are clear and transparent rules for entry and the additional CPD element ensures that the accreditation is robust and worthy.
"The industry has been calling for an official and stringent test of competence for design professionals that operate in kitchens and bathrooms, and we are confident that this accreditation will be welcomed."
The ongoing training will be facilitated by the kbb NTG and this element has been welcomed by CEO Renee Mascari who said: "Education is vital for any accreditation system to be successful so we are delighted to be part of this fantastic new opportunity."
Image: Vanessa Brady President of SBID, KBSA CEO Graham Ball and kbb NTG CEO Renee Mascari
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