Posted on 16/05/2016 by IED

New registration grade for professional designers under development

The Council of the IED has voted to develop a second grade of professional registration for designers. Sitting alongside the Chartership for Product Designers (CTPD), the Registered Product Designer (RProdDes) grade is being developed specifically for those product designers who hold Batchelors level qualifications and have professional experience that satisfies a specific range of criteria.

This new grade of registration offers professional membership, with the relevant guidance and support, for designers who are not necessarily working at Chartered level, but who can prove evidence of competence as professional product designers.

Applicants for RProdDes will also need to be Members of the IED, with assessment for both membership and registration occurring concurrently in one streamlined process. Registrants will be expected to meet a set of competencies designed to demonstrate the level of professional experience and knowledge required for the grade of registration, with the application peer assessed by existing members of the IED.

It is expected that the new grade of registration will be open for applications from July. If you are interested in finding out more about RProdDes and would like to register to be one of the first designers to apply for this new qualification, email with your name and contact details, and full information will be sent to you in due course.

If you think you have colleagues who may be interested in finding out more about RProdDes, CTPD, CEnv, IED membership, or indeed any of the Engineering Council registration grades that can also be obtained via the IED, please do let us know. We are always more than happy to arrange a visit to your place of work to talk to prospective members.

IED chief executive Libby Meyrick described the new development as “a very exciting time”, adding: “RProdDes is the perfect addition to the family of registration grades offered by the IED.”


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