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Primer To the CEcD Exam Process: What You Need To Know

Date: February 14, 2019

Time:  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET

Price:  Free, but registration is required

Registration Deadline: February 14 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on Tuesday, February 12

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


Give yourself adequate time to prepare for the exam and increase your chances of passing and ultimately, joining the fold of certified professionals.

Being certified by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the highest form of credibility and competency in the economic development profession. Earning the CEcD designation has opened a world of possibilities for hundreds of professionals. You can take advantage of the opportunity to advance your career, community and the profession, too by completing the required coursework in order to sit for the exam.

This workshop provides candidates with a complete overview of the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam process, from application to the oral examination. They will learn tools and techniques for preparing for the exam and witness a mock oral interview.

First-time candidates applying to sit for an exam taking place after December 31, 2014 must participate in a "Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop," either in-person or via webinar.

Why the CEcD?

The roles of economic developers are quite diverse. However, each has one common objective: to stimulate the creation, retention and expansion of jobs; the development of a stable tax base, and ultimately the enhancement of wealth, creating a higher quality of life for all. You're already an experienced economic developer, wearing many hats, and working on multiple, complex problems every day. Put your skills to the test and add the CEcD pin to your lapel.

Questions about Certification? Read Our FAQs.

Download answers to frequently asked questions about the program and what’s required to sit for an upcoming exam, and encourage your team to consider adding the CEcD designation behind their names, too.

At a minimum, we offer a CEcD exam in conjunction with each of our four (4) conferences every year. In addition, we sometimes offer a fifth exam in the 4th quarter. Here are open CEcD Exam dates - be among this round of test takers.

April 13-14, 2019
Washington, DC
The Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-1527
Application Deadline: February 12, 2019

June 8-9, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT
Marriott Salt Lake Downtown City Creek
75 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Application Deadline: April 9, 2019

October 12-13, 2019
Indianapolis, IN
Marriott Indy Place Tri Brand
10 South West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Application Deadline: August 13, 2019

Note: The CEcD exam intends to unite the field by establishing a baseline of core knowledge for economic development professionals. By offering this highly sought after and comprehensive designation, IEDC strives to promote the status and credibility, as well as enhance the knowledge and performance of economic developers.




Speaker information is forthcoming.


Instructions and Technology

Instructions and dial-in information will be sent up to three days in advance and a minimum of two times. If you do not receive an email from IEDC or GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the start of the web seminar, it is your responsibility to email webinar@iedconline.org. No refunds or credits will be given for not receiving the dial-in information for the webinar.


• Using a telephone: A touch-tone telephone
• Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following:
-- a supported sound card
-- speakers or headphones
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 for Windows/Mac/Linux, or Safari 2.0 for Macintosh
• Broadband Internet connection

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