Certified Lighting Designer Program

Looking for more information on the IALD's work on developing an internationally applicable certification for architectural lighting designers? Explore the links in the sidebar for frequently asked questions, updates on the activities of the IALD Credentialing Task Force and external resources about credentialing within and without the lighting design community.

A Critical Need For Certification 
The initial task of the Credentialing Task Force was to assess the feasibility of creating a global certification for architectural lighting design. During the past four years of research and discussion, it has become clear that there is a critical need for this type of certification. Currently, there are no instruments that assess the unique abilities of architectural lighting designers, nor is it clear what attributes and skills properly define the profession of architectural lighting design. Without an officially codified definition, there is a real risk that those outside the profession and others in the legislative or public spheres will seek to define the profession rather than allow the profession to define itself. It is the strong belief of the Task Force that it should be practitioners who define the architectural lighting design profession.

The task force studying the viability of a global credential has observed that if the architectural lighting design community doesn't define the areas in which we practice and measure competency against a validated standard, there is the very real danger that others will force regulations on us or determine our destiny without our control," says David Becker, Assoc. IALD and Credentialing Task Force Chair. "The alternative is that we make a proactive, unified effort as a global profession to define ourselves by determining the domains of practice and core competencies in which highly sophisticated lighting designers must excel in order to be eligible for certification."

Key benefits of creating this certification program include:
  • Defining the architectural lighting design profession by identifying core competencies and domains of practice.
  • Establishing a validated method for assessing the competency of architectural lighting designers.
  • Raising the visibility and standing of the architectural lighting design professionals before end users and legislators.
  • Influencing the standardization of educational curricula.
  • Establishing best practices in architectural lighting design.
For more information on the IALD's credentialing work, please email credentialing@iald.org or call +1 312 527 3677.


IALD’s Find a Lighting Designer feature includes four search options:

  • Country and Project Type can be searched using the drop-down menus.
  • To search by City, simply type in the city you are interested in. The results will first list lighting designers located in that city. The search will then list any designer that has referenced that city in their profile or project list.
  • To search by keyword, type in any word or phrase of interest (example: designer’s name, company name, project name, zip code). The search will yield any profiles that include the keyword you’ve used, or will yield no results if your keyword is not found exactly as entered.

You can use one field or a combination of fields to locate the desired lighting designer. If you are having trouble with the search, or need further assistance, please contact IALD at iald@iald.org or by calling +1 312 527 3677.

CLD Domains of Practice

Demonstrated skill at designing lighting solutions that satisfy project requirements and design intent so the solutions perform as expected.

Skill at interacting with other disciplines by serving as an integral member of the team so that lighting relates to its context and adds value to a project.

A record of contributing ideas that demonstrate innovation, creativity, originality, or resourcefulness to foster the goals of the project.

Demonstrated ability to integrate the technical and aesthetic elements of lighting with space and form.

Showing how light interacts with people, materials, and building systems by applying the principles of light to meet relevant technical criteria.

Responding to known and potential social and environmental impact by designing solutions that avoid or minimize harm, discomfort, or waste.

Demonstrated ability to design lighting solutions that positively affect people.