How to apply


- 7 years of education and relevant work experience, including 2-4 year post-secondary diploma or degree in graphic design

- 10 years relevant work experience and education, can include 2-4 year post-secondary  diploma or degree in any discipline 


Seniority Exemption

If you have 15 years of relevant work experience, you are exempt from 3 out of the 5 sections of the Online Test. Only the Ethics and Accessibility sections must be successfully completed.


Application Form for Design Practitioners

RGD has finalized a new fillable pdf application form for RGD candidates submitting as Design Practitioners. Download the form here. 


If you are applying as either a Manager OR Educator, please complete the forms through Judgify.


Application Review

Once your application is received, it will be reviewed by members of our Eligibility Review Committee and within one week, you will be informed of your eligibility.



Eligible applicants are required to pay an admin fee of CDN$150 plus applicable taxes; FREE for Provisional RGDs and Affiliate Members of RGD.


Next Steps

We will then work with you to schedule sessions for your Online Test and Portfolio Presentation.


The entire process can take as little as 2 weeks from application to RGD membership but you can take up to 6 months after applying to go through the process.



If you have any questions, please contact Director of Membership, Heidi Veri, by email at .