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Certification (Accreditation) and Professional Codes of Conduct For Designers

Course Description

David Berman served as the first elected president of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario, North America’s first organization of accredited graphic designer’s, from 1997 to 1999. He drafted the association’s constitution and Rules of Professional Conduct and authored Ontario’s accreditation examination section on ethics and professional responsibility. In 1999, the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada named him a Fellow, in part for his work on certification (accreditation).

In this presentation, David shares the background and history of how the Ontario government came to be the second place in the world to certify graphic design professionals, thus tying a commitment to professional ethics to the rules of the land.

You will learn about the potential benefits to graphic designers, the public, the government, and the education system in establishing a certification for designers in your region. You will learn about how much work is involved, the steps required, and unexpected hurdles that can be anticipated. These include challenges in establishing by-laws, rules of professional conduct, standards for design education and examinations, funding, as well as potential political obstacles.

This course incorporates adult learning principles and activities appropriate to a variety of learning styles, and qualifies for CEUs (certified by organizations such as the Center For Plain Language and PPAC).

About the Expert Speaker

David Berman is the principal of David Berman Communications in Ottawa. He has over 25 years of experience in graphic design and strategic communications. In addition to operating as one of the leading communication strategists in Canada’s capital, in recent years he has also recommitted his career toward sharing his knowledge and unique talents through professional development courses for creative organizations. In 2000, David was elected Vice President Ethics of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, and is currently the National Ethics Chair. David is a National Professional Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), the Global Speakers Federation, and Meeting Planners International. David has been featured in the Financial Post, Marketing, and Applied Arts magazines.

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Reviewed August 3, 2011


Fri, November 12, 2010 (postponed) Budapest, Hungary Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) call
Sat, November 8, 2008 (tentative) Oslo, Norway Grafill call
Sun, April 6, 2008 Oslo, Norway Grafill call
Wed October 7, 2004 Richmond, VA Virginia Commonwealth University call
May 10, 2004 Budapest, Hungary opens in a new browser windowHungarian Academy of Fine Arts free

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One Response to “Certification (Accreditation) and Professional Codes of Conduct For Designers”

  1. David Berman says:

    I am so excited about the potential for certification of our profession in Indonesia! I look forward to seeing my friends there again, in Bali, in May 2012!

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