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IALD launches lighting design survey

5 March 2012 17.00 GMT

(USA) - IALD credentialing task force launches survey to test validity of a globally applicable certification in architectural lighting design.

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) convened a credentialing task force in order to assess prospective domains of practice and qualifications for an international architectural lighting design certification. A survey was launched on 1st March 2012 that tests the validity of the task force's work. The outreach to date has included a broad group of stakeholders: IALD and Professional Lighting Designers' Association (PLDA) members, members of other lighting associations, and related building/design industry professionals from around the world. Building and design professionals who are familiar with the scope of work associated with architectural lighting design should weigh in by taking the 10-minute survey located online at

"The task force studying the viability of a global credential has observed that if the architectural lighting design community doesn't define the areas in which we practice and measure competency against a validated standard, there is the very real danger that others will force regulations on us or determine our destiny without our control," says David Becker, Assoc. IALD and Credentialing Task Force Chair. "The alternative is that we make a proactive, unified effort as a global profession to define ourselves by determining the domains of practice and core competencies in which highly sophisticated lighting designers must excel in order to be eligible for certification."

The threat of outside regulation is not an unrealised fear. On several occasions the IALD has mobilised its members against legislation limiting the practice of architectural lighting designers due to lack of awareness of by policy makers.

"Legislative and code-making bodies around the world have made it clear they are looking for a statement of validity for practitioners of architectural lighting design and a lighting design credential will provide that statement of legitimacy," says IALD President Kevin Theobald. "Thus, it is imperative that we receive feedback from the entire spectrum of building and design professionals via this survey in order to complete the due diligence the international certification industry requires of new certifications."


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