Here are answers to a few questions that we receive on a regular basis. If you have a question that is not answered here, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q I have a design degree and over 20 years experience as a Senior Graphic Designer. Do I still have to write the Registered Graphic Designers Qualification Examination if I want to become an RGD?
A Currently, no one may become an RGD without successfully completing the portfolio interview portion of the Registered Graphic Designers Qualification Examination and the Rules of Professional Conduct section of the written test. If you have seven years of relevant education and/or experience combined, prior to the year 2000 and have been working continuously since then, you are exempt from the balance of the written test.
Q My partner has 10 years experience as a graphic designer but never completed a diploma or degree in graphic design. Can she still apply?
A Recent changes have been made to the Eligibility Criteria so yes she may apply. The Exam Board Eligibility Review Committee will review her record of experience and her six written rationales to determine her eligibility to move to the next stages of completing the written test and portfolio interview.
Q If I apply now, when will I find out if I am eligible to write the next examination?
A If you apply today and submit all of the required documentation, it will likely take about a month before you are notified that you are eligible. Once you have been notified of this, we will keep you updated on opportunities for you to complete the written test and/or portfolio interview.
Q Do I need to read all the suggested texts?
A You may choose to study all or some of the books on this list.
Q I am a professional member of the Manitoba Chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC). May I transfer my membership to RGD ?
A Your professional membership in the GDC is not transferable to RGD. RGD is an independent Ontario corporation. MGDC and RGD are not equivalent. To obtain the RGD designation you must follow the procedures outlined on this website and in the Exam Handbook.
Q Is there a limit to the number of books that I may bring to the open book section of the written test?
A No, there is no limit.
Q May I bring handwritten notes to use for the open book section of the written test?
A Yes, you may, but no electronic notebooks.
Q I am based in Timmins. Do I have to come to Toronto to complete the Exam?
A No, accommodations can be made for you to complete the written test at a location closer to you and you may complete the portfolio interview via Skype. Copies of your six portfolio pieces must be sent to the RGD office in advance of your interview.