Economic Development Certification

Certification for Economic Developers is available through both the Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC) and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

EDAC's Ec.D. Certification

The Ec.D. Checklist
  • Must be an EDAC Member (in good standing)
  • Minimum 3 years experience in the field
  • Complete Exam with 75% or higher
  • 45 points required to write the exam – many ways to earn them:
    • Year 1 and 2 seminars = 10 points each
    • EDAC Conference = 3 points
    • Provincial / Territorial Association Conferences = 2 points
    • Relevant Degree (Undergrad) 10 points
    • Relevant Graduate Degree 5 points
    • EDAC Accredited Courses — points vary, to a maximum of: 20 points

IEDC's Certified Economic Developer Program

You have the experience, skills, and knowledge of a great economic developer. Now get recognized for your achievements through the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program. IEDC's Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs) are acknowledged around the world as having achieved the pinnacle of excellence in the economic development field.

New Certification Opportunity for Canadians

IEDC is excited to announce that the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation is now available to Canadian practitioners. Current EcDs in good standing may apply to be grandfathered into the CEcD designation through October 2015, with special circumstances being considered until October 2017. Those applying by December 31, 2014 may do so without paying a fee. Applications received after December 31, 2014 will require an accompanying $200. Canadian practitioners looking for a certification program but have not yet begun can start with IEDC's professional development offerings and begin the track to the CEcD.

Questions? Download this FAQ document.
Contact Emily Bell, Director of Professional Development: ebell@iedconline.org.
If you are a current EcD who would like to apply for the CEcD designation, please download this form.