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Design Certification

When asked who they would trust the most, 56% of consumers said an Expert or Certified Stylist!

57% of salon professionals believe that certifications are valuable for driving business and attracting clients.


Now more than ever, creating a point of difference for you and your salon is critical. Consumers continue to search for stylists who provide top notch design services and are considered a design expert… and they are willing to pay for it!

Your next step is to become a Redken Certified Design stylist!

CERTIFICATION: The act of making something official.  Granting credit or recognition with respect to an educational institution that maintains suitable standards.

2023 Program Dates:


October 17th, 2023 9:00AM-5:00PM - Register Here

Redken Exchange
404 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018

Tuition : $595 or 39700 pts

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Redken Design Certification is for graduates of the Redken Specialist and Redken Design Authority program that wants to:

  • Be recognized for their design expertise and commitment to excellence
  • Be respected and viewed as a Redken Certified Design Stylist
  • Use this prestigious title to highlight their status and expand their business
  • Take the next step in their stylist career toward becoming a Redken Artist

Becoming Redken Design Certified requires passing a 3 part written and practical exam. You need to achieve a passing score on exams that assess your technical skills, knowledge of Redken products and principles, and your approach to creating specific outcomes.

The Redken Design Certification is a 1-day exam, with a prep class included.


$595 or 39,700 Level Rewards Points

Accepted Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, AMEX

Tuition: Pay in Full or Deposit

Tuition payments are non-refundable. 50% minimum deposit required at the time of registration. Balance is due no later than 60 days before the program. Points are required to be redeemed in full at the time of registration. You will not receive your study kit in the mail until you are paid in full. 


  • Should an individual be unable to attend the original program in which they registered for, they may reschedule for an alternative date and location within the same calendar year. If they are unable to commit to another date and location at the time of cancellation, they will be issued a refund, less a $100 processing fee – as funds cannot transfer over into another calendar year.
  • For payments made via Level Reward Points, they will receive a refund, less 6,700 points as a processing fee. The individual will have 3 months to use their refunded points before they expire and can no longer be used.
  • If you fail to cancel your registration a minimum of 72 business hours prior to or do not show up for your scheduled program, all funds will be forfeited. Funds cannot be reimbursed nor transferred to another program.
  • All Redken Certification cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing and emailed to the Registration Department. ( [email protected])


I have been using Redken products for 5 years, do I have to attend the Redken Specialist program and Redken Design Authority first?

The Redken Design Certification is an advanced level exam that assesses your technical skills, knowledge of Redken products and principles, and your approach to creating specific outcomes. The Redken Specialist and Redken Design Authority programs are meant to be building blocks to Redken Design Certification; preparing and giving you more knowledge about design.

Do I need to attend Redken Design Authority before I take Redken Design Certification?

Yes. The Redken Design Authority program provides you with the tools for success in passing your Redken Design Certification exam.

Will I receive any materials in the mail prior to the program?

Yes. Once paid in full, you will receive a study kit in the mail that will provide you the necessary materials needed to study for the Redken Design Certification exam.

If I fail the Redken Design Certification exam, do I have to retake the whole exam?

You do not need to retake the whole exam. You have 1 year to retake the specific portion of the exam you failed. At a fee, coaching calls are available to focus on the expectation of each portion of the exam. (Not specific to your exam results)

How far in advance should I register and study for Redken Design Certification?

We recommend you allow yourself ample time to study and prepare for the exam. Registration closes 30 days prior to the exam date.

If I cancel my registration, can I receive a refund?

No. Tuition is non-refundable. However, if you need to cancel from Redken Design Certification, you have up to one year to apply the funds to another Redken Design Certification. Or, you can designate someone else to attend your original session in your place.


A comprehensive Redken Design Certification study kit that includes all the essentials you need to study with and pass the exam.

  • Redken Design Certification Study Guide
  • Redken Principle Based Design Manual
  • Redken Product Guide
  • Mannequin and stand
  • Redken materials

After passing the exam, Redken Certified Design Stylists receive tools to increase client base and build a successful business:

  • Gives you the credentials needed to pursue your career as a Redken Artist
  • Social Media Promotion Kit
  • Promote Me Press Kit
    • Redken Certified Design pin/certificate to display in your salon
    • Redken logo usage rights to put on your business card
    • Customizable press materials to send to your local and social media (newspapers, regional magazines, and media websites)

 “Since I earned my accreditation as a Redken Certified Design stylist my guests have been more open to my professional recommendations as it relates to a design that is customized to their individual style, texture, facial shape and features. The end result has been increased retention, retail support and new guest referrals!”
-Brian Washburn- Crofton, MD

Being Design Certified by Redken gives me immediate street cred. It gives you a leg up on your competition.

The first thing I do when I go into a doctor's office is check out their Certification on the wall. Please tell me I'm not the only one!  Just like that doctors certificate, being Redken Design Certified gives you immediate credibility. When that new client sits in your chair and sees that Redken Design Certificate on the wall, they know that you take your profession and their hair seriously.”
-Chris Baran- New York, NY                      

“As a creative professional adding RDC to my accomplishments has given strength to my artistic process. RDC has grounded me in the principles of cutting hair. I no longer have to "guess" how to create a look, I know confidently know how to create a look. Being RDC has also made me a better colorist by helping me understand head-shape, silhouette, and natural fall. This certification has given me a professional edge in my industry, creating client confidence in choosing me as their stylist. My clientele has grown and I am doing the hair that I love every day.”
-Mandy McCullough- Seattle, WA

“This program gave me the power to see and be able to break down hairstyles that I can adapt to my guest. In other words much more vision to see the results before and during my consultations!”
-Michael Gibbs- Smyrna, GA

Redken Design Certification raises the bar for you. It's awesome to be recognized for the level of expertise in cutting, styling and principles. Guests now know they can receive that expertise service also. I recommend for all that want to achieve that level.”
-Tommy Rosario- Philadelphia, PA


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