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What is the CLD certification?

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

Am I eligible for the certification?

To be eligible you need to have operated as a lead architectural lighting designer for at least three years. You will also need an up-to-date and comprehensive portfolio that includes a minimum of two projects (you can use a maximum of four) to demonstrate your competence in up to seven domains of practice. The projects you choose to use must have been completed within the last seven years.

What do I need to do to apply?

You need to demonstrate your proficiency by completing an application online. You will be able to save your progress at any time and work on your application at your convenience before you submit it for review. In addition to your written responses, you must submit supporting exhibits and completed attestation forms.

Can I submit in a language other than English?

Currently we can only accept applications in English. As the certification grows and evolves, our goal to be able to accept applications in multiple languages.

What image restrictions do you have for the portfolio exhibits?

All images must fit on A4 paper as the reviewers may need to print them out. No more than four images should be on one document. In addition, all markings that identify you or your firm should be removed.

How much does certification cost?

The application fee is $625 USD. Professional members of approved lighting design associations receive a discounted price of $525 USD. Your payment must be made in full, via credit card, before your application will be reviewed.

How is my application reviewed?

Your application will be reviewed by multiple reviewers who are highly experienced and respected within the architectural lighting design profession. They have undergone intensive training on how to assess and mark CLD applications.

What do I receive once I achieve our certification?

You will be able to use CLD after your name to demonstrate your proficiency. In addition, you will receive a congratulatory letter, a certificate suitable for framing, and a press release and formal announcements that you can use to let your clients know of your accomplishment. Your name will be listed on the CLD web site and a formal notification will be sent to your employer.

Will I need to renew my certification and, if so, how?

Recertification will be required every five years to maintain your CLD status. Details on requirements can be found here.

What happens if additional information is needed to fully demonstrate competency in all domains?

As long as reviewers request additional information in no more than two domains, you will have the opportunity to address the particular omissions they have identified. You may choose to respond to the requests for more information with new projects or just provide additional information on the projects you already submitted.

What happens if I do not achieve the certification?

You will need to reapply. This includes beginning the process again and paying the application fee.

Where can I find the CLD Candidate Handbook?

Click here.