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:
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 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:
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*)
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:
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:
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?
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.