Distinguish Yourself as a Certified RGD

Certified RGDs have a demonstrated understanding of business best practices, accessible design principles, research methods and ethics, and the application of strategic design principles to marketing and communications challenges. Download a one-pager on what it means to be an RGD. Join us for a live information session on the process.


RGD Certification involves 4 steps:

  1. Apply to determine eligibility
  2. Take an open book, multiple-choice 80-minute Online Test
  3. Present 6 pieces of your work virtually to 3 senior practitioners over 30 minutes
  4. Receive your results and join RGD

Download the Certification Package for Practitioners/Managers

Download the Certification Package for Educators


Complete by April 28, 2023, to receive a free 2 day pass to DesignThinkers 2023 in Vancouver (May 30-31) (in-person or streaming).*


Additionally all 2023 Certification Candidates (who successfully complete by June 9) can enter any eligible case studies submitted as part of their Certification application for free into our new Branding Awards.


Complete by June 30, 2023, to receive free dues for the remainder of 2023 & a free 2 day pass to DesignThinkers Toronto (in-person or streaming).*


Complete by September 29, 2023, to receive free dues for the remainder of 2023 & all of 2024 OR a free 2 day pass to DesignThinkers Toronto (in-person or streaming).*


*Offer applies to those who successfully complete the RGD Certification Process


Certification Costs

Admin Fee*: $150-$250
Annual Dues: $375

*A one-time fee applied only after a candidate's application is approved.
(Admin fee is waived for Affiliate and Provisional RGD Members.)


How long does it take?

You can go through the process in as little as 1 week, 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.



 if you are concerned about visual and hearing impairments, physical and mobility limitations, medical and mental health disorders and/or 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.



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