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FAQs from Employers About the CEcD Program


What does my organization gain from having a CEcD on staff?

With a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) on staff, an organization is confident that the professional is equipped with a broad based knowledge of the economic development. Economic development organizations can benefit tremendously from a well-connected network that serves as the engine of the program. CEcDs have the resource of other CEcDs in their region and throughout the nation to gather information, contacts and tools to further generate successful results.


How do I get started?

There are many ways to get started in making certification a part your organization. Take the next step, and begin to see results!

• Develop and budget for a professional development program for your staff that includes the Certified Economic Developer program.
• Add “Certified Economic Developer preferred” to you next job posting and advertise your position opening through IEDC.
• Incorporate certification into your career structure and require certification for advancement to select positions.
• Recognize Certified Economic Developers with higher salaries.
• Announce newly Certified Economic Developers to your media and honor them in your newsletter and within your organization.


How much time investment is needed to complete the process?

The length of time depends on your organization’s budget, your staff’s schedule, and the applicant’s personal commitment to becoming certified. However, applicants typically complete the course requirements and prepare for the exam in approximately 18-24 months.


What is the total cost of going through the CEcD program?

The costs involved in the program include the professional development course fees for six courses and CEcD exam application fee. Interested practitioners can take advantage of early-bird registration fees, IEDC member discounts, and courses that are offered in or close to their regions. View the breakdown for the course fees. The certification exam application fee is $495 for IEDC members and $695 for non-members.


What does it cost to maintain the CEcD certification?

Certified Economic Developers are required to remain active in the economic development field and pursue professional development activities. They must earn 12 recertification credits every three years through a variety of IEDC, national, regional and local activities. The recertification fee is $315 for IEDC members and $495 for non-members.


What qualifications should you look for when choosing a CEcD?

When selecting a CEcD, here are some qualifications to look for:

• An active CEcD certification
• A compatible fit with your organization in regards to personality and communication styles
• Similarity between your community and the communities the CEcD previously served in
• Membership in a professional association

Think about how you want the Certified Economic Developer to impact your organization and community. Do you want the individual to utilize his past experience in communities such as yours or do you want a new perspective with a different background? Does your organization need a business retention or attraction expert? What level of involvement in community activities do you require of the individual? These are questions that can help you define your objectives and expectations to help in finding the Certified Economic Developer that matches your needs best.


How can you get the most value from a CEcD’s services?

Clearly defined goals and objectives will give a new employee in any organization an efficient road map to meet or exceed expectations. In addition to this, there are a number of things you can do to get the most value from a Certified Economic Developer.

• Have a clear understanding of what you want to accomplish in your organization and/or community
• Introduce the individual to key figures in the community. Familiarize the new official with the prevalent procedures in your community
• Provide contacts for individuals who will assist the CEcD in producing results
• Involve the individual in professional development activities to keep him/her abreast of new findings and techniques.

Certified economic developers are prepared to hit the ground running in any community they are associated with, so be assured that favorable results are in the horizon when you have a CEcD on board.