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Looking to progress your career or business and embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future?

Benefits Become a member

Our training programmes and events are informed by industry engagement to meet current and future skills needs. Our goal is to deliver impactful learning experiences to design leaders and practitioners so that they can better understand, manage and shape their careers and business performance.

Design Skillnet is funded by Skillnet Ireland – a business support agency of the Government of Ireland, responsible for advancing the competitiveness, productivity and innovation of businesses operating in Ireland through enterprise-led workforce development.

We are proud to be part of the network across Ireland and to offer co-funded government training support at an incredible value to designers and design agencies across Ireland.

Eligible* Design Skillnet trainees benefits

  • Breakfast briefings, Workshops, and many complementary Seminars and Events
  • Post Graduate Professional Education and training programmes
  • Design Leaders Conference preferential rates
  • Bespoke and in-house tailored solutions- substantially subsidised

*Who can and cannot benefit from the Design Skillnet?

  • Private sector and commercial semi-state design & creative organisations in the Republic of Ireland e.g.
  • Design and Creative Professionals working in the private sector and commercial public service organisations in the Republic of Ireland  (including Marketing and Advertising professionals and account management teams and client services teams in Creative businesses)
  • Design and Creative agencies
  • Businesses with in-house design teams

Co-funding is not available to:

  • Public sector organisations, charities or not-for-profit organisations*


*Can I still avail of Design Skillnet’s training if I am not eligible for the government-funded rate?

Yes, Design Skillnet can offer a limited number of places at full price (non-subsidised rate) on some of its training courses for public sector, charities or non-for-profit organisations, subject to availability.

Subsidised member rates

Design Skillnet is affiliated with the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) and offers additional preferential rates to all its members on a number of our training as part of our commitment to give the design community in Ireland access to our subsidised training initiatives, in-house bespoke solutions and leadership events such as Design Leaders Conference 

We also offer various member rates to eligible private sector members of the ICAD, IAPI and 100 Archive whose businesses are based in the Republic of Ireland*

*subject to eligibility.

Complete the form below or contact us directly at for business membership or individual options. 

Current IDI, 100 Archive, IAPI and  ICAD members are automatically members of Design Skillnet.

If you would like your representative body to benefit from the members’ preferential rates please contact

Who is IDI?

The Institute of Designers in Ireland is the professional body of designers working across disciplines and across Ireland. The EU, the Government, national and international clients and professional bodies recognise IDI as the only professional representative body that represents the Irish design profession and supports the needs of qualified designers in Ireland.

More about IDI

Become an IDI member

IDI graduate members

Recent graduates in employment are very welcome to join The Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) and benefit from IDI members’ preferential rates as Graduate Members. You are the future of Irish design and IDI and Design Skillnet are committed to supporting the early stage of your career through The New Now and additional exclusive IDI Graduate benefits.

More about IDI

IDI Graduate membership

Any questions?

If you’re not sure if you meet these criteria or have any queries, please get in touch via the form below.

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Upcoming Training Events

Professional Diploma Service Design Info Session Read more
Professional Diploma in Service Design 2024 - Information Session
Wednesday 19th June 1pm to 2pm and Tuesday 25th June 5pm to 6pm. (various times)

An information session in partnership with NCAD for our Professional Diploma in Service Design, with Programme Director Dr Caoimhe Mc Mahon,

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Facilitation Skills 2024
Thursday 27th June 2024 (9:30am to 4pm)

Achieve successful outcomes as a Facilitator. Tailored for designers and creatives, this workshop on facilitation skills delves into essential facets of Facilitation skills.

Participants will learn about intervention design, stakeholder contracting and diverse facilitation methodologies and equips you with practical tools such as brainstorming and problem-solving techniques as well as focusing on your self-awareness and personal development as a facilitator.

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Design Management Professional Diploma 2024 - Information Session
Thursday, June 20th & 27th June 2024 (various times available)

Join Design Skillnet and James Hall from PARK for an information session on the Design Management Professional Diploma programme’s background context, structure, content, and gain insights on how it can take your business and career to the next level.

Professional Diploma In UX Design Read more
Professional Diploma in UX Design 2024
Next Intake: July 2nd 2024 6-month Programme

A unique 6-month university-accredited programme in UX for Designers and Creatives, combining online learning and live webinars to further develop business skills and build successful careers.

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Managing Diverse & Remote Teams 2024
Tuesday 2nd July 2024 (10am to 1pm)

Enhance the performance of your diverse teams’ performance in the dynamic landscape of remote working environments. This workshop will focus on sharpening leadership skills to support managers with the nuances of managing diverse, remote and/or hybrid teams. It will cover virtually navigating team development stages, managing performance and productivity in a virtual setting and provide managers with a toolbox for remote conversations and maintaining a strong team connection despite remote conditions.

Professional Certificate in UI Read more
Professional Certificate in UI 2024
Next intake: July 3rd 2024 3-month programme

Are your digital design skills holding you back? Master the key concepts and techniques of user interface design with this 3-month university-accredited programme in UI for Designers and Creatives, combining online learning and live webinars.

Professional Diploma in Content Design Read more
Professional Certificate in Content Design 2024
Next intake: July 4th 2024 10-week programme

Are your content design skills holding you back? Master the key concepts and techniques of content design with this 10-week university-accredited programme in Content Design for Designers, UX/UI Professional and Creatives, combining online learning and live webinars.

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Professional Certificate in User Research 2024
Next Intake: July 4th 2024 4-Month Programme

A unique 4-month university-accredited programme in User Research for Designers and Creatives, combining online learning and live webinars to further develop business skills and build successful careers.

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Professional Diploma in Service Design 2024
Next Intake: 18th September 2024-17th May 2024 2 trimesters (8 Months duration)

Gain a Professional Award in Service Design. Service designers create solutions for complex systemic and societal challenges, developing experiences that address the needs of a diverse range of stakeholders. The Professional Diploma in Service Design teaches the application of design methods, tools and thinking to sectors such as healthcare, technology, finance, transportation and education.