Professional Certification 

Earning your certification is professionalism defined. The letters that follow your name make a powerful statement about the expertise you bring to the table. A recent survey reported that certified economic development professionals hold salaries an average of 20% higher than those that are not certified. Certification also proves your willingness to invest in your own development and demonstrates your commitment to your profession.

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.

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. 


EDA's CEDTP courses are eligible for points towards the Ec.D. 

EDA has developed visual pathways to help you better understand the process of professional certification for each designation:

Ec.D. certified by Economic Developers Association of Canada

Visual pathway for the EcD designation

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. 

Visit the EDAC website for more details

CEcD certified by the International Economic Developers Council

Visual pathway for CEcD designation


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.


Visit the IEDC website for full certification details


CEcD for Canadians FAQ's


CEcD 2017 Application Booklet

Canadian CEcD RECERTIFICATION Application form

Certificate in Professional Management - Economic Developers 

Visual pathway for the Certificate in Professional Management Economic Developers

Through the University of Calgary, EDA's Professional Management Certificate is also eligible for points towards the Ec.D.

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