At the EGM, held on 19 May, CSD members voted in favour of amending the society’s royal charter to allow it to set up the register. Plans to amend the charter had already been approved at the CSD’s annual general meeting.
The CSD says the agreed amendments will now be presented to the Privy Council for royal consent. It says discussions are underway to set up a licensing committee which will set out the processes for awarding the title of chartered designer.
The society says it has consulted with CSD members and the wider design sector in its plan to set up the register. It says it has also met with representatives from relevant Government departments, education and the Design Council.
CSD president Chris Ramsden says, ‘The decision of the members to approve the setting up of the register is arguably the most significant development in the society’s 80-year history.’
He adds, ‘The initiative to set up the register of chartered designers will be open to all who practice in design, while free to belong to any design body licensed to award the title, in keeping with the standards set by a licensing committee.
‘The introduction and award of the title chartered designer will finally signal to society that designers may be held in the same esteem as their professional counterpoints in other areas of commercial and social endeavour who have long held such a title.’