The Certified Economic Development Professional of British Columbia (CEDP.BC) certification prioritizes evaluating practical skills over rigid educational requirements. This emphasis is crucial in the diverse and interdisciplinary community and economic development field. The National Occupation Classification classifies Economic Development Officers under code 41402 – Business development officers, market researchers, and analysts. While this is not perfect, it will unlikely change until the profession gets enough certified professionals. The CEDP.BC is a step towards making that change.
The Certification aims to encompass a broad spectrum of industry-relevant practices, including community development, business development, traditional economic development, and any related professions that align with its framework. Participation in the certification process will be optional.

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