AIGA Leadership, Management, and 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 DesignOps certificate blends leadership development courses with the essential courses needed to nurture and manage your creative teams and ensure projects are run smoothly and effectively. With the skills and knowledge gained from this comprehensive program, you’ll learn how to lead people-centered and design-inspired organizations towards design quality and performance excellence.

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: $2,150
AIGA member: $1,800
Chapter leader: $1,720


Leadership, Management, and DesignOps Certificate

Courses Included in this Certificate

  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Leaders and Work-Life Balance
  • Body Language for Leaders
  • Leading Teams
  • Leadership Assessment
  • Introduction to Management
  • HR Fundamentals for Managers
  • Managing People
  • How to Coach
  • Talent Management and Career Development
  • Performance Management
  • Managing Remote Employees
  • Managing in a Modern Organization
  • Communicating Collaboratively
  • Handling Workplace Conflict
  • Resolving Disputes
  • Quality Management Basics
  • Project Management Team Leadership
  • Effectively Managing Project Stakeholders
  • Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers
  • Conflict Resolution

Key Features

"With change being the only constant in the evolution of organizations, this course offers great lessons in identifying the need for change, the steps required to implement that change, the models one can choose and how to sustain and measure the success or otherwise of the change implemented."—Rachael K.

"I enjoyed this course. I definitely look at teams differently now. Empowered teams are the best way to cultivate crucial leadership skills and that is something I will remember from now on. Great advice on how to defuse workplace conflicts."—Jolene C.

"Found this course to be exceptional; the platform was great. I also liked that this touched on virtual teams, given the current pandemic and the fact that the majority of us are working remotely."—Jolene C.
"This course is well laid out and provides relevant content about who is a leader and how to be as successful leader. I highly recommend it to any person who sees himself or herself as an emerging leader and to those who are already leaders in their own right to refresh their perspectives and skills."—Raphael K.

    Non member: $2,210
    AIGA member: $1,860
    Chapter leader: $1,780

    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: 94
    Leadership PDUs: 45.25
    Strategic & Business Management PDUs: 16
    Technical PM PDUs: 32.75
    IACET CEUs: 10.1 (Contact Hours: 103 hours)
    HRCI Credits: 103 (Type: General: 81, Specified - Strategic Business: 22)
    SHRM PDCs: 99

    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: 103 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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