Evidence-based certification in architectural lighting design available

5th May 2015

(USA) – Applications now being accepted for first international evidence-based certification in architectural lighting design.

The certification process, governed by the Certified Lighting Design Commission, is designed to assess an individual’s ability to operate as a lead architectural lighting designer in a professional and proficient manner.

“The CLD was created by practitioners for practitioners, and we believe designers will find it a valuable addition to their existing qualifications and portfolio of work,” said David Becker, Chair of the Certified Lighting Designer Commission. “Designers who earn the certification will indicate their high level of professional proficiency to colleagues, clients and the general public.”

The certification was developed in accordance with the best practices of the credentialing industry, under the guidance of a psychometric professional. The multi-step, multi-year effort involved an in-depth job task analysis, global surveys, and pilot studies to confirm that the certification standards and application process effectively measure proficiency in architectural lighting design.

To apply for the CLD, candidates need a minimum of three years of experience working as a lead lighting designer. They must be able to demonstrate proficiency in up to seven areas, known as domains of practice: goals and outcomes, collaboration, ingenuity, synthesis, science, stewardship and human experience.

Candidates will be assessed on written responses to application questions, along with a range of exhibits that support their responses. No tests or specific training are required, nor is membership in any lighting design association.

Applications will be evaluated by multiple reviewers who are highly experienced and respected within the architectural lighting design profession. Lighting designers who earn the CLD will be required to recertify every five years to maintain the certification.