A designer who carries “The mark” is an authorised user who is individually licensed to use the title “online Design Expert” and has undertaken and completed an entire course of study, passed the examination and graduated from the Online Design Expert training provided by Invent Design Create Limited (trading as The Interior Designer’s Business School).
The characteristics certified by this mark are the abilities of the designer to provide an expert online design service and ensure a high standard for delivering online design services in the interior design and related industries (including architecture, interior, architectural drawing, styling, plan drawing, drafting, decluttering/organising, home staging and interior decorating worldwide).
The abilities the designer must demonstrate to pass the examination are outlined in Section 4. The Course Syllabus is shown in Annex A.
The ONLINE DESIGN EXPERT logo Certification Mark is for use by individuals only and is not to be used by companies or businesses except those that are sole proprietors and whose business service provides interior design-related services including (but not limited to) staging, styling, organisation, architectural design, layouts, purchasing, furniture, fitting and equipment specification or design consulting services, and as part of that service or business activity provides an online design service (or any other definition of the term).
This can include, but is not limited to the following:
The characteristic that is being certified is the ability of the designer to provide an expert online design service. This is characterised by having completed the full course of study of the Online Design Expert training provided by The Interior Designer’s Business School (trading as Invent Design Create Ltd) and having graduated with a minimum of 50% PASS in the final examination.
This is to ensure a high standard for delivering online design services in the interior design and related industries such as architecture, styling, plan drawing, drafting, decluttering and decorating worldwide.
The abilities the designer must demonstrate in order to pass the examination are outlined in Section 4. The Course Syllabus is shown at Annex A.
An Authorised User of the Certification Mark will be listed on a publicly available register which is updated annually.
Any person wishing to become an Authorised User of the Certification Mark shall complete the full course of study of the Online Design Expert training provided by The Interior Designer’s Business School (trading as Invent Design Create Ltd) and shall graduate with over 50% PASS in the final examination. The course content is set out in the Course Syllabus.
By attending the course of study and sitting the examination, an Applicant agrees to comply with the Regulations set out in this document during the whole period that they are an Authorised User.
How The Certifying Body Tests For These Characteristics
The certifying body tests for these characteristics by providing a course of study and then an examination where the Applicant must graduate with a pass mark of a minimum of 50% in the final examination score.
An Applicant can apply to re-sit the examination only once within 28 days of the initial examination. The course and assessment criteria require a fee (Refer to Section 6).
The criteria for assessment are as follows:
A certified ONLINE DESIGN EXPERT must demonstrate the following skills and graduate with a pass mark of a minimum of 50% after completing the full course of study in the Online Design Expert Course:
1. A high level of proficiency using digital technology by demonstrating the following abilities:
2. Ability to create designs that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements in response to a client’s design brief.
Each student must demonstrate the following skills and qualities in their design which is aesthetically and technically accurate:
3. Ability to use specific methods of investigation and preparation of the brief for a design project.
4. Ability to work with legal documents, contracts and fee agreements.
The skills required in Sections 1-4 will be demonstrated in an online examination which will include multiple-choice format questions.
The Interior Designer’s Business School was founded by the Proprietor. The School is and will be operated by the Proprietor together with teachers, assessors and technical experts in sufficient ratio in relation to the number of users of the mark.
Upon successful completion of the course and from the following January and every year thereafter, the Authorised User is required to complete or attend three relevant CPD events or activities every year. The CPD event or activity must be a live event or activity.
The Authorised User must keep a record of their CPD activity and provide it for inspection at the time of payment of the Annual Renewal fee (Refer to Section 6).
If a dispute arises between the Proprietor and an Applicant for membership or Authorised User regarding membership or the standard of work carried out by the Authorised User under the Mark, the following procedure shall be adopted:
In the event of a complaint about an Authorised User from a third party, the following procedure shall be adopted:
The Complainant shall provide in writing (either by email, online form or letter) the following details:
A receipt of acknowledgement will be issued within 24 hours. The Proprietor will investigate and provide a written response within 40 days of receipt.
During this time, the Proprietor may request further information and the Complainant may be requested to agree to any reasonable audit or inspection.
If upon receipt of the Proprietor’s written response the Applicant, Authorised User or Complainant wishes to appeal further, they must inform the Proprietor in writing within 14 days of receipt of the response. Either party can then request that the dispute be heard by an independent mediator.
The parties must agree on the selection of a suitable mediator, who shall be nominated by the president of the The Royal Institute of British Architects.
Following mediation, if the parties are still unable to reach agreement, the dispute may be referred by either party to an independent arbitrator appointed by agreement between the parties or in default of agreement within ten business days of nomination, appointed for the purpose by the President for the time being of The Law Society on the application of either party.
The independent arbitrator shall act as an expert and not as an arbitrator and his decision as to any matter referred to him for determination shall in the absence of manifest error be final and binding in all respects. The costs of such mediation/arbitration will be in such proportions and in such a manner as the mediator/arbitrator may decide is fair and reasonable in all of the circumstances.
Upon cessation of membership, whether voluntarily by the Authorised User or at the instigation of the Proprietor, all use of the Certification Mark will be removed from the former Authorised User’s website, literature and any other placements.