A multidisciplinary approach and membership-driven.
From branding to education, from UX to UI, from application design to placemaking — the design communications industry boasts many overlapping areas of practice and expertise. To reflect our expanding industry and serve its many practitioners, the Design Professionals of Canada’s position is a multidisciplinary one.
The Design Professionals of Canada has been an advocacy-based organization for over 65 years. Since its inception in 1956 it has continued to advance professional design and has cemented itself as a leader and supporter of the Canadian design profession. We are a nationwide organization and community of design professionals, educators, design students, and businesses. Members come together through a vibrant chapter-model across the country. The DesCan community also represents non-design professionals such as photographers, illustrators, copywriters and alike.
DesCan is also Canada’s national Certification body. Committed to the advancement of Certification, DesCan licenses the CDP™ Certified mark to members whose services meet a rigorous and professional standard. The CDP™ Certified mark is recognized as the mark of professional design services and ethical business conduct.
Becoming CDP™ Certified is a combination of your education, a period of meeting relevant experience requirements, and having your work peer reviewed by the the National Certification Board. International professionals can also apply for CDP™ Certification.