The Complete Design Leader Certificate

AIGA progressional development

Certificate Description

Effective design leaders are critical to the success of creative teams, able to navigate the impacts of rapid change, work through disputes with partners and clients, and resolve conflict within the organization. They lead teams through feedback exercises, and coach employees to deliver superior creative work. They are advocates for more equitable and inclusive business practices. This collection of three certificates builds your leadership and change management capacity, and offers an indepth look at what it means to build an inclusive organization.   
Certificates in this collection include the Leadership and Team Management Certificate, Managing Change and Resolving Conflict Certificate, and ​​Designing an Inclusive Organization Certificate.
Our courses in this suite offer examples, videos from practitioners and experts, interactive games, case studies, and review questions to ensure mastery of the material. 
A complete listing of all courses included in this certificate package are listed below. This collection of certificates is essential learning for those advancing into leadership roles within their organization. 



Non member: $1,949
AIGA member: $1,699
Chapter leader: $1,619

Design Leadership

Courses Included in this Certificate

  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Leaders and Work-Life Balance
  • Leading Teams
  • Body Language for Leaders
  • Leadership Assessment
  • Introduction to Management
  • HR Fundamentals for Managers
  • Managing People
  • How to Coach
  • Performance Management
  • Talent Management and Career Development
  • Managing in a Modern Organization
  • Managing Remote Employees
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Handling difficult employee behavior
  • Handling Difficult Conversations in the Workplace
  • Communicating Collaboratively
  • Handling Workplace Conflict
  • Emotional Intelligence for Managers
  • Resolving Disputes
  • Introduction to Managing Change and Resolving Conflict
  • Building an Inclusive organization
  • Assessing Diversity and Inclusion
  • Fostering an Inclusive Culture
  • Hiring and Retaining Diverse Talent
  • Building an Ethical Organization
  • Capitalism, Inequality, and Justice
  • Leadership and Organizational Ethics
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Promoting Employee Well-being

Key Features

"Excellent course structuring, since it leads to learning in a solid and effective way. It also allows us to recognize the benefits described through the examples."—Pablo Antonio H.

"The course offered great advice for managing people and what tactics to use to discipline, how to get the most from your staff, and successful leadership skills to encourage, motivate, recognize and reward."—Cynthia L. S.

"This course is very impressive and comprehensive lesson for the learner. The content is really up to date and practical."—Anna C.

"This course was a terrific overview on change management as I prepare for ProSci certification. I appreciate the diversity of exercises and the clarity, knowledge and directness of the speakers in the short videos. Thank you!"—Anya M.
"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.


"It's an excellent course with a combination of descriptive and visual contents. It contains a lot of exercises and questions, which provides you an opportunity to reinforce your learning. This is definitely going to help me progress in my career path. Thanks."—Muhammad J.

    Non member: $1,949
    AIGA member: $1,699
    Chapter leader: $1,619

    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: 76
    Leadership PDUs: 48
    Strategic & Business Management PDUs: 9.75
    Technical PM PDUs: 19.25
    IACET CEUs: 10.6 (Contact Hours: 106 hours)
    HRCI Credits: 107 (Type: Specified - Strategic Business: 12.5, General: 94.5)
    SHRM PDCs: 87

    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: 106 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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