Professional Membership Criteria

Only “Professional” members may utilize the appellation “RDI” after their names to denote accreditation. Professional Members are individuals who meet at least one of the following three requirements:

  1. Engaged on a full-time basis in the profession of store environments and design for a minimum of eight years, and shall be professionally competent in five or more of the following areas of endeavor: Store Planning | Retail Design | Architecture | Fixture Design | Merchandising | Lighting | Colors & Materials | Specification Writing | Project/Construction Administration | Brand Strategy And, as certified by two sponsors who are ‘Professional Members’ in good standing of the Retail Design Institute. The Retail Design Institute Chapter will contact the sponsors by email and ask them to complete a reference form regarding your qualifications.
  2. Same as 1, with minimum of eight years experience for any applicant presenting a four-year degree in Architecture, Interior Design or Engineering from an accredited college or university.
  3. Same as 1, with minimum of four years experience for any applicant presenting a college degree and either NCIDQ or NCARB certification (or international equivalent). Two Professional member sponsors must attest that application is accurate to the best of their knowledge. If an applicant cannot obtain two Retail Design Institute Professional Member sponsors, he/she can substitute other professionals from the design or architectural fields. Applicant must also submit a signed statement listing store projects worked on and their specific contributions thereto; together with documentation sufficient to satisfy the Retail Design Institute International Executive of the candidate’s professional experience.