What is the CLD?

The Certified Lighting Designer (CLD) certification is the first evidence-based certification in architectural lighting design in the world. The certification process is designed to assess whether an individual is able to operate as a lead architectural lighting designer in a professional and proficient manner.

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What is required?

The CLD is a global benchmark of performance, making it a valuable addition to your existing qualifications and portfolio of work. Earning your CLD sets you apart from your competitors by demonstrating to clients that you have a proven track record in meeting high standards of professional practice.

What's New?

Miss our last two webinars? Head over to our YouTube channel to view them. 

Three CLDs take home a 37th annual IALD International Lighting Design Award - Jill Cody, Uno Lai, and Yah Li Toh.

Download the new 2019 CLD Candidate Handbook Supplement

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, you need at least three years of experience as a lead architectural lighting designer and the ability to demonstrate your professional competency. You will be assessed on written responses and evidence submitted from your portfolio – no tests or specific training are required.

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