...a significant step forward in unifying, refining and enhancing visual communications certification in Canada.
The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada announces the establishment of the National CGD Certification Board.
The GDC has been Canada's national certification body for graphic and communication design since 1956, establishing professional standards and actively regulating the professional conduct of both designers and students. With representation in every province and territory, the GDC licenses the unique “CGD” certification mark to designers, educators and administrators whose services meet rigorous, standardized criteria. The CGD certification mark is recognized across Canada as the mark of professional work standards and ethical business conduct.
The establishment of the National CGD Certification Board is a significant step forward in unifying, refining and enhancing visual communications certification in Canada. The Board will perform ongoing review of professional best practices and develop policy recommendations on the criteria and requirements for CGD certification. It will also be responsible for review of portfolio/case study submissions for CGD applicants.
All qualifying graphic and visual communication professionals in Canada who wish to use the CGD certification mark will be able to apply through a nationally administered, standardized program via the National CGD Certification Board.
“This is exciting news for our industry. For the first time in history, Canada will have a national review board for the certification of services provided by graphic and visual communication designers,” says Adrian Jean CGD, GDC National President. “Moving away from a regional system, to a fully national certification board, we take the next step in the evolution of professional practice in Canada. It’s evidence of the strong growth and maturity of our industry. This board will ensure that CGD certification remains current and consistently applied throughout the country.”
“Graphic and communication designers and educators in Canada have a tremendous asset in the GDC,” says Executive Director, Melanie MacDonald, “The National CGD Certification Board will establish long-lasting benefits for the industry, design buyers, Canadian businesses, as well as the general public, here at home and internationally.”
For more information on the GDC National CGD Certification Board, please contact the GDC Executive Director, Melanie MacDonald at