ACIDO’s membership structure offers career-long benefits to designers at every stage of their personal development. To see a comparative listing of benefits, please refer to the boxes below.
Students enrolled in any one of Ontario’s four schools of Industrial design are immediately eligible for Student membership at no cost. The top fourth-year students from each school’s graduating class are invited to participate in Rocket to show their thesis work and compete for recognition and prizes.
Every student who graduates from an Ontario ID program is immediately eligible for Associate membership with or without Mentoring by an accredited ACIDO Professional.
Professional status (which affords the letters ACIDO) may be attained once Associates have acquired sufficient experience to warrant accreditation by their peers.
But it doesn’t end there. Life memberships are awarded to retired Professionals who have ended their working careers but wish to remain connected to the design community. Fellow status is awarded to Life members who are deemed to have made particularly outstanding contributions to the profession over the course of their career. Professionals located outside Canada are welcome to participate as International members but must first be recognized by their home country’s design association.
The Industrial Design community includes a wide range of stakeholders who support Industrial Designers’ work through ethnographic design research, materials supply, prototyping, tooling and production processes, or through marketing support such as graphic and brand design, imaging and promotional activities. ACIDO offers the Affiliate membership category to these individuals and businesses.
ACIDO is dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity within the community where all members, whatever their race, colour, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, family status, age, language or national origin, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.
Accreditation and service benefits for each category are outlined below. For more detailed information on membership criteria please refer to our By-Laws or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.