Can I fail the Online Test?

There are 5 sections to the test, 2 of which are mandatory to everyone: Rules of Professional Conduct and Accessibility. Each section has a passing mark associated with it, based on marks from past successful candidates.


If you do not achieve the passing mark for either of the Rules or Accessibility sections, you will be required to take those sections again until you pass.


If you fail 1 or more of the other 3 sections, this information will be compared to the score of your Portfolio Presentation to determine how many of the these 3sections of the Online Test you must pass. Based on that score, you may have to write certain sections of the Online Test again until you receive the passing mark.


What if I fail the Virtual Portfolio Presentation?

If you fail the Presentation, you will receive suggestions for how you can improve your work and be invited to join as an Affiliate Member.


You also have the option to appeal the decision and redo your Portfolio Presentation with 3 new Reviewers who have no knowledge of past results. You would be required to present the same 6 pieces as were submitted as part of your Application.


If you do not appeal or you fail the second Presentation, you must wait 2 years until you have the opportunity to re-apply.


I’ve completed both the Test and Presentation, now what?

After you have successfully completed your Online Test and Portfolio Presentation, your scores will be tabulated and your results determined. You will receive an email with these results within 1-2 weeks of your Presentation.


Attached will be an evaluation sheet, giving you the results of your Online Test and marks on your Portfolio Presentation from your three reviewers, and any feedback they may have included.


Great! I’ve passed, am I an RGD now?

Once you pass, you will be asked to submit an RGD Member Application Form and pay your membership dues.


Please note, unless and until you are a Member in good standing of the Association, you may not use the RGD designation. Passing the Certification Process makes you eligible to become a Certified RGD but you are not one until you apply and are accepted for Certified RGD Membership.


Once I have received my RGD designation, how can I use it?

RGDs are encouraged to use the RGD designation after their name wherever it appears in a professional context, including on your personal or firm website, in your LinkedIn profile and your C.V. In addition to receiving a certificate to post in your offices, you also receive a digital logo to include in printed and digital promotion.