IALD Certification News and Resources

In addition to the materials available from IALD on the certification effort, the following publications have published informative articles that will help you to understand the impact of certification on architectural lighting design and the reasons the IALD is pursuing it:

http://www.iald.org/userfiles/image/IMAGES/Certification/AL_CredentialPotential.jpgArchitectural Lighting Magazine
"Credential Potential"
May 2012

Recap of IALD certification efforts as of May 2012, including the history of the IALD credentialing initiative, details about the industry survey, plans for the future and much more.

"Lighting Design Certifications from A-Z"
April 2012

Thorough explanation of the credentialing industry as pertinent to the lighting design profession. Many relevant links to outside sources, including an explanation of the difference between a certification and a membership in a professional association.

Lighting Magazine
"IALD launches credentialing survey"
March 2012

Publicized the IALD Credentialing Task Force's industry survey in the spring of 2012 and emphasized the need for further exploration of a certification in architectural lighting design. Includes helpful and relevant background about IALD's efforts.

http://www.iald.org/userfiles/image/IMAGES/Certification/Lighting_ShowUsYourCredentials.jpgLighting Magazine
"Show Us Your Credentials"
April 2012

A helpful article contextualizing the IALD's certification efforts in the European and UK lighting communities.

http://www.iald.org/userfiles/image/IMAGES/Certification/Mondo_LightingDesignCredentialingImperative.jpgmondo*arc 2012 International Lighting Design Survey
"Getting the Right Credentials"
by Kevin Theobald, IALD President

Penned by Kevin Theobald, IALD, president of the IALD in 2012+2013, this article explains IALD's reasons for engaging in a certification effort and provides helpful information for those wondering how the certification initiative may affect their practices.

http://www.iald.org/userfiles/image/IMAGES/Certification/Mondo_GainingCredentials.jpgmondo*arc 2013 International Lighting Design Survey
"Gaining Credentials: The Next Step"

Details how the IALD will begin to move forward from the results of the IALD Credentialing Task Force's industry survey. What are the next steps?

Review terminology documents from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, the preeminent authority on certification programs and their standards.

View the PRESS RELEASE from the IALD on the results of the Certification Survey, conducted in March 2012. This press release was picked up by more than 150 news outlets in 10 different countries in 2012.


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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.