How to become CGD Certified

The CGD certification mark is Canada’s first, and only, certification mark for graphic and communication designers.

CGD Certification assures those seeking design and marketing services that the provider has met a rigorous and professional standard of services. It is recognized across Canada as a mark of professional services and ethical business conduct.

The CGD certification mark provides designers with an opportunity to prove the standard of their services and differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace. It indicates a commitment to ethical practice and adherence to the GDC’s sustainability principles. CGD Certification is available for practicing designers and professional design educators.

CGD Certification is licensed to any Canadian who has completed at least seven years, in total, of combined graphic/communication design education and/or professional practice, and whose work and professional integrity are of acceptable standards. CGD Certification is also granted to non-Canadians who are living and practicing within Canada.

To become CGD certified, applicants are required to submit an application form and curriculum vitae. Designers also undergo a confidential case study/portfolio review. Case study reviews are generally held quarterly by each chapter.

CGD Application Form (2015)


Designers Educators
  1. Application Form
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. 7 Case Studies
  1. Application Form
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter from recognized design
    program confirming teaching
    commitment and role


GDC membership is $200 per year. If you have received CGD Certification, annual fees for licensing the CGD Certification mark are only an additional $100 ($300 total per year). Membership fees are paid annually on the join date anniversary. You can set your membership to renew automatically, pay the dues in a single payment, or have them divided into 12 monthly installments.

For details on where to send your completed CGD certification application, please contact your local membership chair (For Members at Large, applicant's work samples are sent to any one of the nine local Chapters):