Joining the BILD

The British Institute for Learning and Development has adopted the mantra Be Excellent, Be Recognised. 
So why join the British Institute for Learning and Development?

To be Recognised

The BILD recognises your devotion to your profession. As of the 1st October 2015 all new members of the BILD need to hold a relevant TAP qualification. When your qualification has been verified the BILD will award you the membership grade that you deserve and award you the post-nominal according to your membership grade. 

Membership grades are:

  • Affiliate (No post-nominal) - Student Level or TAP certificate holder (non core modules)
  • Associate (post-nominal - ABILD) - TAP Certificate holder (core modules only), International Certificate in Training (BILD.cert)
  • Member (post-nominal - MBILD) - TAP Diploma Holder, International Diploma in Learning & Development (BILD.dip)
  • Fellow (post-nominal - FBILD) - TAP Master Diploma holder (requires further experience, detail available on application)


What Membership Means

Members of the BILD commit to the principles of the BILD Code of Conduct, which indicates the standards of professionalism expected of a member of the British Institute for Learning and Development. It sets out, in general terms, the standards and duties, which is reasonable to expect a member to adopt.

Membership of the Institute is available to both organisations and individual practitioners who wish to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in learning and to network with a leading professional community.

To Become a Member:

In some circumstances we grant someone an Honorary Fellow (post-nominal - FBILDHon) this is a lifetime achievement award for services to Learning & Development.

To be Excellent

The BILD organises 6 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) days per year, as well as a number of webinars. All of the CPD days and webinars are aimed at improving you as a professional and giving you insight in other areas of L&D that you may not have experience.

There is a small charge of £15 for members and £20 for non-members for our CPD days.

How to join

The process for joining the BILD is quite simple:

The cost of joining the BILD is as follows:

  • Affiliate - £30 per annum - with a one off joining fee of £30
  • ABILD - £40 per annum - with a one off joining fee of £40
  • MBILD - £50 per annum - with a one off joining fee of £50
  • FBILD - £60 per annum - with a one off joining fee of £50

All prices are exclusive of VAT, which will be charged at the current rate.

To Become a Member:

Accreditation of Prior Achievement (APA) (please see dropdown below)

Accreditation of Prior Achievement (APA)

Accreditation of Prior achievement is an assessment of your qualifications and experience, benchmarked against the BILD Learning & Development Standards.

The Assessment costs £950 + VAT and is only available at MBILD level.

To apply, please submit as application form and we will be in touch.

Membership Benefits - What can the Institute do for you?

Below are some of the benefits you will be able to enjoy as a BILD member:
To find out more click on any of the items below to expand.

Use of the BILD Logo

Membership of the BILD allows the use of specific logos to demostrate your committment to proefessionalism.

For further information on the different types of logos and their appropriate use,

Code of Conduct

The British Institute for Learning & Development two has Codes of Conduct; one for Organisational Members, one for Individual Members.

The Code of Conduct indicates the standards of professionalism expected of a member of the British Institute for Learning and Development. It sets out, in general terms, the standards and duties which is reasonable to expect a member to adopt.

The adoption of this Code is an integral part of membership and provides the basis through which the Institute promotes the status of its members and their commitment to quality and good practice.

It is also part of a process by which the BILD seeks to encourage its members to adopt a more formal approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement with the overall aim that members seek on-site verification of their learning services and the achievement of the Institute's Quality Mark.

Please see the 'Download attachments' section at the bottom of the page to download a copy of the relevant code.

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Complaints Procedure

The British Institute for Learning & Development (The BILD) takes complaints from members about other members, including the provision of their services and in such cases adheres to a defined professional complaints procedure. In the unlikely event of a compliant, the following procedure is adopted.

  1. Complaints must be put in writing and sent to the Business Manager by letter or email. If a telephone complaint is received and/or discussed then the complainant will be asked to submit their complaint in writing. The Business Manager will acknowledge, in writing, receipt of the complaint within 48 hours.
  2. Details of the complaint are then logged by the Business Manager in the 'Membership/Complaints' file (ie name and contact details of The BILD member/complainant, date the complaint was received and a summary of the complaint).
  3. The complaint letter/email is passed to a nominated Director to review and discuss appropriate action.
  4. The Business Manager may contact the complainant requesting clarification or further details of the complaint if necessary.
  5. The Business Manager will take appropriate action to resolve the matter to the satisfaction of all parties, which also involves conferring with the nominated Director as appropriate.
  6. The Business Manager will log all actions in the Membership/Complaints file.
  7. If the complainant remains dissatisfied, then the formal complaints procedure will be followed, as specified below.

Formal Complaints Procedure

  1. The complaint is put to the Board and, where possible, will be dealt with within a four-week period, with all actions recorded in writing.
  2. The nature of the complaint is discussed and the next steps agreed. Depending upon the nature of the complaint, eg the provision of services, the next steps may involve the use of a quality assurance process.
  3. Where appropriate and having carried out the agreed steps, the Board may decide to suspend a member/organisation for a specific time-frame rather than expel them (N.B. The Board retains the right to expel the member/organisation). If no more complaints are received within the agreed time frame, then the member/organisation will be reinstated.
  4. Where there is evidence that The BILD Code of Conduct has been breached, the Board reserves the right to expel the member/organisation immediately.
  5. In the event of suspension or expulsion, the member/organisation must remove all BILD logos from their website and any other materials where they are in use. Likewise, any post-nominals must not continue be used either on a temporary or permanent basis.
  6. The Board's decision is communicated to both the complainant and the member/organisation subject to the complaint.

The BILD's Appeal Procedure

In the case where a member/organisation is expelled or suspended they retain a right of appeal against the decision. The Appeal must be:

  • in writing and must include detailed justification, together with supporting evidence, as to why the decision should be revoked
  • submitted within 14 days of the original decision notification being received by the member/organisation.

This documentation will be submitted to the BILD Board of Directors at the next Board meeting and the result of the appeal will be notified to the appellant as soon as possible thereafter.

In the case where an appeal is unsuccessful, the Board's decision will be final and the appeals process is exhausted. No further appeals will be considered.

In the case where an appeal is successful the member will be reinstated with immediate effect.

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