How do I increase my Designer Level?

How do I increase my Designer Level?

Designers may apply for a level review every 6 months if they meet certain criteria. Once we receive your application we’ll review it and notify you of their decision. Designers may not apply outside of the application periods.

How will I know if I’m eligible for a portfolio review?

You can see your next review date on your account settings page in the “Your Level” tab:

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Designers are eligible to have their level reviewed every 6 months if they meet these criteria:

  • Have filled out their accounts settings fields
  • Have won a contest or completed a project within the last 6 months

Once you’ve fulfilled these criteria, click the “Apply” button and the designer curation team will review your application within 5-7 business days. Fulfilling these criteria does not guarantee we will accept your application.

How is my designer level determined?

The Designer Curation team reviews each application to determine if the designer meets our quality standards. If they do, they are assigned Entry, Mid or Top Level based on the demonstrated level of professionalism and skills across all of the following:

  • Execution of design principles
  • Conceptual thought
  • Technical skills and deliverables
  • Client communication and satisfaction

Our Designer Curation team regularly reviews designer profiles to determine when they are ready to level up.  That’s why it’s always important to make sure your profile is always ready to be reviewed.

Learn more about 99designs’ quality standards →

What should I do if my application is declined?

If your application is declined and are you assigned the same level, you may apply again in 6 months. Unfortunately, we do not currently reconsider declined applications. If you are interested in improving your design knowledge and skills, we offer plenty of great advice, design tips and tutorials on the 99designs blog.



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