AIGA DesignOps Certificate

AIGA progressional development

Certificate Description

DesignOps is a burgeoning area of design practice that requires designers to be effective managers of people, processes, and projects. This certificate provides you with the essential courses needed to nurture and manage your creative teams and ensure projects are run smoothly and effectively. 
This certificate is equally valuable to the designer just starting the DesignOps practice for your small or large business, or for those well-established in the practice of DesignOps and looking to learn and grow your leadership and management skills.



Non member: $1,450
AIGA member: $1,200
Chapter leader: $1,180 


Courses Included in this Certificate

  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Introduction to Management
  • Managing People
  • How to Coach
  • Communicating Collaboratively
  • Handling Workplace Conflict
  • Resolving Disputes
  • Quality Management Basics
  • Project Management Team Leadership
  • Effectively Managing Project Stakeholders
  • Conflict Resolution

Key Features

"This training gave me a great insight about Emotional Intelligence and how I can develop mine as a manager. The training is packed with important educational materials and videos. Grateful for this training. Excellent job training!"—Hiwot M.

"The course was very easy to navigate through and had a lot of meaningful information. The mini cases were a great way to practice different scenarios of conflict in the workplace, and it was great to be able to click on suggested responses and video clips after you were able to jot down your own thoughts. I loved comparing my thoughts vs. the suggested responses to see if I was on the same page or totally missed looking at the scenario a different way."—Jeff K.

"Well-structured course that provides the "nuts and bolts" for understanding coaching and mentoring."—Kevin P.

    Non member: $1,450
    AIGA member: $1,200
    Chapter leader: $1,180 

    You may request a refund up to five (5) days from the purchase date. The registration fee will only be refunded if less than 10% of the course has been completed. Completion percentage can be viewed on the Course Progress page from within the course.

    PMI PDUs: 69
    Leadership PDUs: 31.75
    Strategic & Business Management PDUs: 12
    Technical PM PDUs: 25.25
    IACET CEUs: 7.3 (Contact Hours: 75 hours)
    HRCI Credits: 75 (Type: Specified - Strategic Business: 22, General: 53)
    SHRM PDCs: 75


    Courses are offered in collaboration/partnership with MindEdge, a leading online learning platform that has served over 3 million learners.

    Access Time: 365 days

    Estimated time to complete the course: 75 hours

    Frequently Asked Questions

      Lifelong learning is critical for designers, and as design association, AIGA wants to help both design professionals and the profession. We heard from our community that professional development is valued more than anything else. We also learned from our research efforts that there are some non-design specific competency gaps that designers would need to close to best position themselves to advance their careers and the overall profession. AIGA is here to help with the launch of a new pilot program that offers courses for the creative professional. We will continue to improve and build on this initiative with a lean approach, along with your support and collaboration. We encourage you to join the pilot program and please share your insights as we aim to continue listening, learning, and improving this new membership benefit.

      In partnership with the leading online learning platform, MindEdge, AIGA is offering courses that will help creative professionals identify business needs and grow future goals. MindEdge has a comprehensive catalog of professional development courses and certificates for busy professionals. Through this partnership, AIGA is able to offer this benefit to members.  


        During the pilot rollout, all learning will be asynchronous. Once you enroll in the course, you will also have exclusive access to the AIGA course community to network, connect, and learn with your peers. Our goal is to share additional resources and offer optional activities to help customize the learning experience to your specific situation. As part of the pilot program, we will offer a few optional live sessions to meet/greet other learners and learn in action through conversations with your design peers.

          Registration is simple, just follow the steps below:

          1. Select your course, pay, and you'll receive an automatic confirmation/receipt with instructions on how to start learning.

          2. You will also receive an email from AIGA's concierge learning services with onboarding information and instructions, including your login and password for access to the learning community. 

          • The community component is hosted by AIGA + Next Thought.
          • On-demand learning will occur within the AIGA + MindEdge Learning Management System.

          3. Start learning!

          • Take your on-demand course when it works best for your schedule.
          • Join the exclusive course community to network with peers.
          • Watch for more professional development opportunities from AIGA.

            Additional courses will be coming in the next weeks and months. Please send a note to with questions about the courses and we will help you find what you need. 

              The easiest way to give back to the AIGA community is to gift a course to a fellow AIGA member. It is easy! Simply add the name and contact information for the person you wish to give the course to within the application and we will send them the information to join.

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                    Please reach out to If you are an educator provider, education institution, or training center looking to promote your courses, increase credibility of your offers, and set standards for the profession, AIGA maybe able to help offer a solution. 

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