Certification for designers: what do you think?
2nd November, 2011 by Frank Stillitano
I would like to ignite (or reignite) a debate on graphic design certification.
At the moment I believe our profession needs to be regulated by a similar process that prevents people claiming to be accountants, lawyers, doctors, dentists and architects without the right certification. Otherwise I think it's possible our practice will never be treated as a 'real profession'.
Do you think certification could objectively distinguish between experienced/educated designers and those who have just bought a copy of Photoshop?
Or do you have evidence that it won't work?
Does the graphic design profession as a whole have a responsibility to guarantee clients and the general public we have minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or experience?
Without certification do we risk '$99 logos' (and other questionable design practices) slowly undermining the public perception of our profession and simultaneously decimating our common income stream?
I'd love to hear opinions from both sides of the argument, and particularly from experienced and senior members of the industry.
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