The profession of interior design – and more specifically, kitchen and bathroom design – is not regulated by the Australian Government, nor legally protected in any way. This means that any individual may call themselves a designer regardless of their level of experience (i.e. little to ample), training (informal or formal) or qualifications.
This presents a challenge for consumers looking to find a suitably experienced design professional. It also disadvantages those who’ve worked hard to establish themselves as skilled designers, whether through formal education, years of experience or a combination of both.
We’re proud to have Members with impressive and well-earned design qualifications who’ve continued to learn as their assessments and tutors are replaced with real projects and challenging clients.
Likewise, we love the contribution of Members with extensive trade and practical experience and learned-on-the-job design skills.
In both cases, the capacity to provide evidence of a high level of skills and knowledge, along with a substantial amount of experience, is what we believe can legitimise an individual calling themselves a designer.
In response to this, KBDi have developed a comprehensive accreditation program with two primary purposes:
- to provide a highly-regarded credentialing system for designers committed to their profession and
- to give confidence to consumers looking for skilled and experienced design professionals.
Who can apply for KBDi Accreditation?
Accreditation is only available to KBDi Designer* Members who meet the criteria set out in our KBDi Accreditation Process Overview (download a copy here).
Upon successful completion of an Accreditation Assessment, candidates are awarded one or both of the following titles (depending on their experience and submission):
- KBDi Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD Au)
- KBDi Certified Bathroom Designer (CBD Au)
Being a KBDi Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD Au) and/or a Certified Bathroom Designer (CBD Au) represents excellence in kitchen and bathroom design.
* A KBDi Designer Member is a Member who has a formal design qualification and/or three years or more of verifiable experience.
About KBDi Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
KBDi Accredited Designers must commit to a wide-ranging CPD program to ensure that their industry skills and knowledge remain current, relevant and reliable. We’ve divided CPD point allocation in to four categories, as set out below:
A KBDi Certified Designer is committed to learning, and values the importance of maintaining and upgrading industry skills and knowledge through continued training (formal or informal), attendance at industry expos, product updates and industry discussions.
A KBDi Certified Designer sees value in sharing their expertise with their industry peers and new and future designers, by making presentations, mentoring and writing papers/articles for journals and other media.
A KBDi Certified Designer continually applies their extensive skills and knowledge, in their day work practices and in special activities/promotions such as award entries, home show design advice desks, developing innovative design aspects or processes.
A KBDi Certified Designer is committed to the design industry as a whole, and contributes to the broader design community by serving on relevant committees, panels etc.
KBDi is proudly supported by the following Premier Partners: