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Professional Certification 

Earning your certification is professionalism defined.  

Community Economic Development is a profession that requires a foundation of theory and practice. Professional certification is an important part of that foundation.

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:

CEcD- International Economic Developers Council (IEDC)

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).

Visit the IEDC Website for certification details. 

Ec.D.- Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC)

Visual pathway for the Ec.D. designation

Certification of an individual is carried out by a Certification Panel responsible to review and judge applications for certification. 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.

Professional Management Certificate (Economic Developers)- University of Calgary Continuing Education  

Visual pathway for the Certificate

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

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