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Membership

Becoming a member

There are two ways to become a member, each involving a different evaluation process:
Training option: this method consists of submitting proof of formal training that demonstrates that you have acquired the necessary competencies outlined in the Instructional Design Competencies document.

Portfolio option: this method consists of requesting an assessment of the competencies you have acquired.

Training Option

If you choose this option, you will be required to submit evidence of any formal training you have taken that covers each of the competencies outlined in the Instructional Design Competencies document. A graduate diploma in Educational Technology, Distance Education or a related field with a focus on instructional design is usually sufficient.

CAID is, however, aware that actual degrees in Instructional Design are rare. In many cases, the competencies are acquired through training in Education or a related program, with additional courses taken to supplement one’s knowledge. For that reason, we ask you to include with your application all transcripts of graduate-level courses related to the competencies listed in the Instructional Design Competencies document, to enable the certification assessment committee to evaluate your application properly. In short, you must demonstrate that you have acquired appropriate graduate-level training in each competency. (Non-graduate-level workshops, certificate courses and vocational training certificates will not be considered).

Training Acquired Outside Canada

Training acquired outside Canada will be considered. However, you must provide a description of the institution and all relevant information that can help us determine the nature, level and objectives of the training. You must also provide specific references, such as the institution’s URL, the title of the program, and, ideally, the name of a person responsible for the training. All documents must either be submitted in French or English or accompanied by a translation in French or English.

Go to the section entitled “To Apply” for the procedure that corresponds to this option.


Portfolio Option

Individuals who have acquired instructional design skills through practice can have this experience recognized through certification on dossier.

The CAID acknowledges certification granted by the Institute for Performance and Learning; however, this must be CTDP (standard) certification in Designing Training (with skill demonstration).

Dossier assessment is only required once to become a CAID member.

NOTE: To be eligible for certification on dossier from the Institute for Performance and Learning, you must first be a member of the organization. If you are successful in obtaining CAID certification, you will be a member of both associations for at least a year. If you then wish to keep your Institute for Performance and Learning certification, you will have to renew your membership with this organization.

Go to the section entitled “Apply to Become a Member” for the procedure that corresponds to this option.