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How to apply

Do you have at least seven years of education and/or relevant work experience? Then you’re eligible to become a Certified RGD! 

Email your completed forms to Heidi Veri at

French application

For the French application, download the form here.

Eligibility and application details

Regular eligibility

Seven years of education and/or relevant work experience (can include two to four year post-secondary diploma or degree in graphic design or related field).

Seniority exemption

If you have 15 years of education and/or relevant work experience (can include a maximum of seven years of education), you are exempt from three out of the five sections of the Online Test. Only the Ethics and Accessibility sections must be successfully completed.


For design educators, there is an alternative process with a different application, different requirements for case studies and a different evaluation criteria. For details.

“I believe designers are stronger together, and the sense of belonging, understanding and community is undeniable at RGD. I value higher standards in our practice, because it means good work done in good faith is being put out into our world.”
Lawrence Ly RGD

Submitting your application and next steps

Application review

Once your application is received, it will be reviewed by members of our Eligibility Review Committee to determine if you fall under the Regular Eligibility or the Seniority Exemption. You will be informed within one week of your eligibility.


Eligible applicants are required to pay an admin fee of $150 CAD (seniority) or $250 (regular) 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 two weeks from application to RGD membership, but you can take up to six months after applying to go through the process.


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