Canadian economic development professionals have options for becoming certified. Working with EDA and our partners, professionals can obtain the Canadian designation, Ec.D., or the international designation, CEcD, or both.
A recent survey reported that certified economic development professionals hold salaries an average of 20% higher than those that are not certified.
Re-Certification is a mandatory aspect of certification programs in Canada. Continuing education has been deemed vital for re-certification once every three years. All Certified Economic Developers will have to demonstrate that they have maintained competence through continuing education, which includes attendance at accredited programs.
Ec.D. certified by Economic Developers Association of Canada
Certification of an individual is carried out by a Certification Panel. The Certification Panel is responsible for reviewing and judging all applications for certification. Assessment is made of the educational background and relevant practical experience. Examinations will be set from time to time to test both academic and experiential background of a candidate. Academic qualifications are based on EDAC’s certification procedures along with various course and seminar offerings.
EDAC members are eligible to write the Ec.D. exam to become a Certified Economic Developer once the required 45 points have been accumulated and reviewed/verified by EDAC’s CEO.
CEcD certified by the International Economic Developers Council
In March 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between IEDC and EDA. The MOU commits both parties to developing and delivering training programs for Canadian economic development professionals wishing to become IEDC Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs).
Current Ec.D.’s need only to submit an application form and an up to date CV to obtain their CEcD. This grandfather process will be extended until September 1, 2018.