How to apply


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

- 10 years of relevant work experience and education (may be 10 years work experience or 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 Forms

RGD has finalized a new fillable pdf application forms for RGD candidates submitting as Design Practitioners and Design Managers.

- Download the Form for Design Practitioners.

- Download the Form for Design Managers.

- Download the Form for Design Educators.



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 .