Membership Categories

RGD Members are a community of like-minded, ethical professionals who have access to professional development, resources and a vibrant exchange of information. RGD's large and active Membership presents a unified, credible voice when lobbying business and government as we work together to raise awareness of the value of design. Review a breakdown of all Membership Categories and associated benefits.


Categories on the Path to Certification

- Provide Professional Designation (and logo) that can be used after your name on CV, LinkedIn, in professional profiles, on promotional websites, etc.

- Involve eligibility requirements beyond just paying a fee

- Require adherence to RGD's Rules of Professional Conduct.

- Offer opportunities to participate in the governance of and contribute directly to the goals and objectives of the Association.


Student RGD

- Enrolment (part- or full-time) in any recognized post-secondary program

- $30 annual dues (academic year - Sept-Aug)


Provisional RGD

- Graduation from post-secondary program

- From 0 to 8 years experience 

- Portfolio Review by a Certified RGD required

- $150 annual dues (Jan-Dec, pro-rated monthly in first year of Membership)


Certified RGD

- Minimum 7 years of relevant experience 

- May include up to 4 years of relevant design education

- Successful completion of RGD Certification Process ($150 fee)

- $335 annual dues (Jan-Dec, pro-rated monthly in first year of Membership)


General Categories

- No Professional Designation but access to RGD programs, services, discounts and other benefits



- Open to all 

- $225 annual fee 


Junior Affiliate

- Graduation from post-secondary program

- Less than 4 years relevant experience

- $50 annual fee


Other Options


Team Member

- Any organization that employs designers

- Offers Memberships for 5 or more design and/or related professionals

- Annual fee starting at $1,500 



- Any organization that offers products and/or services to designers