CEDTP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following section should address most questions about our Community Economic Development Training.

1. What is CEDTP training?

Community economic development is an intensely competitive field.  Regardless of the size of your budget or region, using best practices and well established tools can help you achieve success in growing and expanding a diverse, resilient community.


Our Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) provides practical information that can be directly applied to your economic development practice. CEDTP courses:

  • Clearly define the community economic development function, including roles of volunteers, elected officials and staff
  • Promote community-wide participation in future planning
  • Encourage closer working relationships between federal, provincial, regional and municipal agencies
  • Eliminate barriers between towns and rural jurisdictions
  • Focus on using human and financial resources more effectively and efficiently
  • Provide an interactive setting from which to learn new tools and practices

2. What courses does EDA offer in person?


EDA is pleased to offer the following CEDTP courses in-person and online on a regular basis:

  • Economic Development – Establishing the Foundation- Learn the principles, theories, and fundamentals of economic development that form the basic foundation of every community.
  • Business Retention and Expansion - Integrate effective assessment and planning tools in order to help you build and retain a strong business community.
  • Business and Investment Attraction - Discover the important role business and investment attraction plays in advancing your economic development strategy.         

Economic Development for Elected Officials- The Elected Officials Course is offered in-person only and gives this unique group of community leaders specialized information on the strategies, tools and resources needed to help their communities thrive. It delivers information on issues such as:

  • The role and function of community economic development
  • Issues and best practice examples in areas like: business investment, tourism development, industrial development, and leveraging public and private partnerships.
  • How to manage the process: bringing the whole community to the table.
  • How to create effective outcomes for your community.

Economic Resilience Training for Community and Regional Leaders- An intensive, in-person one or two-day book camp course to help prepare local elected officials, community leaders and economic development leadership to support economic development, disaster resilience and economic recovery activities in their community.

3. What is the cost of each course?

In-Person- ETF, BIA or BRE hosted by a Community:

1-day course costs $1750 + GST + Trainer expenses

Note: We try to provide the Trainer closest to the course location in order to reduce expenses as much as possible. The following out-of-pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed when applicable:

a.     Meal costs based on paid receipts (to a maximum of the daily provincially rated allowances*)

b.     Hotels

c.     Airline tickets

d.     A per kilometre rate* when using personal vehicle to travel to locations

e.     Daily personal expense allowance* 

* Travel rates are based on current rates set by the Province of Alberta.  Rates as of July 1, 2008 are as follows:

  • Per kilometer rate for personal vehicle - $.505. Any travel over 2 hours is also reimbursed $25/hour from EDA and $25 from host community.
  • Meal Allowances:  Breakfast - $9.20; Lunch - $11:60; Dinner - $20.75
  • Personal Expense Daily Allowance - $7.35

In-Person Elected Official Course: Currently this course is $3000 for a day for up to 10 participants plus trainer travel.

In-Person Economic Resilience Training for Community and Regional Leaders Course:

  • 1 day condensed: $2500 includes two trainers and course manuals for participants. Trainer travel fees and hosting logistics (venue and food).
  • 2 day full version: $3800 includes two trainers for two days and course manuals for participants. Trainer travel fees and hosting logistics (venue and food).

4. What does the cost include?


The cost of the in person course includes: course delivery by professional Trainer, course manuals delivered to the Host Community, course evaluation sheets, mailed Certificates of Completion to course participants.

5. Who can book a course?

Communities, regions and organizations interested in hosting community economic development courses in their region are the best candidates to book courses as they have the ability to market the program in their local area, and benefit from the skills derived from the training.

6. Where do the courses take place?

The Host is responsible for selecting the course location. Generally, it is in a meeting room that holds approximately 20 people comfortably.

7. Where can I find a listing of upcoming courses?

All upcoming CEDTP courses are added on the EDA website under "events" so our members and the general public can view the upcoming course dates and locations.


We are also looking at ways to keep track of course inquiries in case one or two regions want to partner together to offer a course.

8. How much time do the courses take?

Generally the courses run 9:00-4:00 PM. The Host needs to decide whether they wish to provide lunch and/or coffee service during the course.

9. How do I book a course?

  • Communities interested in hosting a course contact the EDA office in order to propose their desired course name, possible date/s, time and location.
  • EDA contacts a Trainer closest to the proposed location to determine their availability. If available, EDA confirms date and time (usually 9:00 AM-4:00 PM) with the Host.
  • Once the date/s are agreed upon, two agreements are completed and signed: one by the Host and the other by the Trainer.
  • The Host has up to two weeks to cancel and the Cancellation Policy is stated on the signed agreement.
  • The Host books a meeting space for the course, and promotes the course to interested participants. You can have a maximum of 20 participants in the course.
  • Approximately two weeks before the course takes place, EDA arranges to ship course manuals, sign-in sheets and evaluation forms to the Host. The Host advises EDA in advance where course manuals are to be shipped.
  • On course day, the EDA Trainer facilitates the course utilizing the manuals provided. The course has been designed to be somewhat interactive.
  • Participants fill out evaluation forms at the end of the course
  • Host mails the evaluation forms back to the EDA office
  • EDA invoices the Host for the cost of the course + GST + Trainer expenses.

10.  Are CEDTP Courses also available ONLINE?

Yes, EDA offers three of our CEDTP courses online through the University of Calgary. These courses can be applied to your EcD designation. Each course has a total of 15 hours. They are also available for credit towards the Management Certificate Economic Developers offered through the University of Calgary in conjunction with EDA. Click here to see the online course calendar.

11. Can participants receive credits from these courses towards their EcD designation?

The awarding of EDAC accreditation points towards an EcD designation is as follows: 5 credits per course.  If you wish to obtain the EDAC credits for a course, the fee is $30.00+GST per course. Cheques are to be made payable to and mailed to Economic Developers Alberta. Participants must ensure they include a copy of their completion certificate(s) and correct mailing address.

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