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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 Certificate In Service Design Read more
Professional Certificate in Service Design 2024
Next Intake: 17th April 2024 Duration: 6 Weeks

The Service Design programme seeks to empower students from fields such as design, business, sociology, systems thinking, education, banking, technology and the public sector to shape the services of the future through design thinking and doing.

The course will not only provide students with the core principles of Service Design, but will also equip them with practical experiences, tools and the theory necessary to excel in their future career.

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Taking the Lead With Creatives 2024
Wednesday 17th April & Friday 19th April 9:30am-4pm

This 2-day online programme is a manager’s how-to for managing, leading and developing a high-performing creative individual or team, delivering the business results you have been looking for. This program equips you with fundamental people management skills, practical tools and techniques crucial for success for those stepping into or returning to a managerial role overseeing Creatives.

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Essential Coaching Skills For Creatives [SOLD OUT]
Wednesday 10th April, Tuesday 14th May & Tuesday 23rd April Weds 10th, Tues 23rd 10am-1pm | Action Learning Set on Tuesday May 14th 2024 (3pm to 4.30pm)

Develop the practical skills to Coach your Creatives & Designers to unleash the results you require for your business or in-house team performance – creativity, managing clients and stakeholders, managing projects, aligning to business goals.

Professional Diploma In UX Design Read more
Professional Diploma in UX Design 2024
Next Intake: May 7th 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.

Professional Certificate in UI Read more
Professional Certificate in UI 2024
Next intake: May 8th 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.

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Presenting With Impact 2024
Tuesday 30th April 2024 (10am to 1pm) & Wednesday 8th May 2024 (10am to 1pm)

In these engaging two-half-day workshops, attendees will delve into the nuances of pre-presentation preparation, conquering nerves, structuring captivating presentations, mastering the art of body language, storytelling and leveraging visual aids and digestible content effectively. They will provide hands-on experience and practical feedback empowering individuals to deliver compelling and impactful presentations with ease and confidence.

Professional Diploma in Content Design Read more
Professional Certificate in Content Design 2024
Next intake: May 9th 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: May 9th 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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Innovation and Creativity for Commercial Success 2024
2nd, 9th & 16th May 10am-11:30am

Leverage your Innovation & Creativity for commercial success with these 3 x 90-minute interactive webinars with Russell Beck, Director of Inspiration at ImagineThinkDo and the Founder of ImagineThinkDo, Alison Beck.