Distinguish Yourself as a Certified RGD


Certified RGDs have a demonstrated understanding of business best practices, accessible design principles, research methods and ethical responsibilities, and the successful application of strategic design principles to marketing and communications challenges.


Got questions? 

Attend a virtual RGD Information Session! More information here.


Would a study-buddy help? Join one of our Study Groups!

Work with fellow candidates to go through the material, get prepped for your presentation and keep motivated! Our Study Groups run several times a year, are entirely virtual and only require you to have submitted your application and rationals. Click here for info on an upcoming group.


What does it cost?

Admin Fee*: $169.50 (includes 13% tax)
Annual Dues: $378.55 (includes 13% tax)

* A one-time fee only applied after your application has been received and approved.


How long does it take?

You can go through the process in as little as 3-4 weeks, if information is provided in a timely fashion, or as much as 6 months if you require more time to move from one step to the next.


What is the process?
RGD Certification involves 4 main steps:

1. Apply to determine eligibility

2. Take an open book, multiple-choice Online Test

3. Present your Portfolio (6 pieces) virtually to 3 senior practitioners

4. You are notified of the results and invited to join as a Certified RGD



You are encouraged to regarding visual and hearing impairments, physical and mobility limitations, medical and mental health disorders as well as learning disabilities, so that we may work with you to equalize your RGD Certification Experience. Once self-identification of any issues occurs, we will work with you to develop an accommodation plan. Confidentiality is maintained within the parameters of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Legislation.


If you are unable to attend a live session, the presentation can be viewed here: 




Beyond the tangible benefits of membership listed below, pursuing the RGD designation is primarily about making a personal commitment to professional development. Certified members receive the support of an organization that recognizes the value of professional experience and expertise. Becoming a Registered Graphic Designer means strengthening your commitment to the industry, enhancing your credibility and taking advantage of increased opportunities to speak for your industry and educate others about the value of design. 

  • Our industry is inundated with requests for free work and uneducated buyers who don't understand or value the design process. With the support of the Association, a professional, legislated body, RGDs stand united against harmful and unethical business practices. You could have the opportunity to join the Ethics Committee to work on our No Spec initiative & other issues to make a difference in your industry.
  • RGDs receive exclusive opportunities to be showcased through the RGD website and beyond. By using the RGD logo and designation across professional platforms and promotional materials, you equate yourself with other certified professionals such as CAs and APRs.
  • RGD's free webinars cover a variety of professional development topics and are a great source of inspiration and information, providing opportunities to remain connected to the creative community. All are recorded and archived for viewing by Members at any time, from any computer.

  • RGD offers opportunities to connect with clients, either by inviting them to webinars (10 free passes are provided to RGDs) or to invite 1-2 clients to attend a special business-focused session at the DesignThinkers Conference. Association one-pagers such as Why Hire an RGD? and What do Designers Charge? are also valuable resources to pass on to prospective clients and include in proposals.
  • Every November in Toronto, the DesignThinkers Conference attracts over 1,500 creative professionals from around the world to hear from a line-up of visionary speakers on the important trends, technologies and issues impacting creativity, communication and marketing. RGDs attend at significantly discounted rates. 

  • As a mentor, judging RGD's annual Student Awards or reviewing student portfolios, RGDs have exclusive opportunities to give back and help strengthen the graphic design community for the future. Every March, RGDs are invited to participate in Creative Directions, a career development conference for emerging designers.
  • Publications such as RGD's biannual National SurveyAccessibility Guidelines and Business Handbook provide relevant and up-to-date resources that strengthen the creative community.

    RGD also connects members with the expertise of individuals in specialized fields, providing opportunities to learn from other members in our community. 
  • RGD is run by a volunteer Board of Directors and a variety of Committees who meet virtually to consider how best to move the Association forward, benefit our members, increase respect for our profession and raise standards in our industry.