The Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) and the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding, which will enable them to share information, systems, strategies and methodologies concerning the development and implementation of a certification program for graphic designers in Australia.
Collaboration between the GDC and AGDA will provide the opportunity for both parties to further strengthen and support each of their certification programs. Benefits will include the global positioning of GDC and AGDA certification programs as examples of world best practice; a catalyst for the development of a global certification system that may be available for designers in other countries; strength in numbers when approaching governments for support and leadership; mutual recognition of certification in Canada & Australia: a benefit for designers wishing to work within these two countries; a developing relationship between GDC and AGDA that could foster further opportunities for agreements in future years; the creation of momentum for the development of certification programs in other countries.
“The GDC has long admired and respected the work of the AGDA and we were flattered to be asked to assist them in the process of developing a certification program in Australia. The GDC has been certifying graphic and communication designers in Canada for over 50 years. We are keen to share our abundant learnings and processes with our AGDA partners,” said Adrian Jean, CGD, the GDC National President, in a press release.
“What a momentous occasion, not only for members of the GDC and AGDA, but for all graphic and communication designers world-wide as this agreement marks the beginning of what will become a global certification system,” said AGDA President, Paul van Barnveld.