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Become Certified

All candidates must complete the following before taking the exam: 

1. Experience Requirement

  1. Minimum of 2 years of paid, full time in economic development or entrepreneurial support

2.Education Requirements

  1. Required courses:
    1. ) Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Strategies (ESBDS)
    2. ) Introduction to Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development (ELED I)
    3. ) Accelerating Growth through Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development (ELED II)
    4. ) ED Credit Analysis
  2. Electives (choose one):
    1. ) Neighborhood Development Strategies
    2. ) Tech-led Economic Development
    3. ) Business Retention and Expansion
    4. ) ED Finance Programs

Note- If you took any of the above courses with IEDC previously, you will be able to count them towards the new credential.

Certification Exam

The exam will have 2 components:

  1. Multiple choice
  2. Project Assessment and Oral Interview
    1. As part of the course curriculum, attendees will be asked to identify an issue facing their organization or program and develop a plan to address that issue. The idea is to encourage translation of the skills learned in the classroom directly to the attendee’s work. Exam candidates will be asked to submit a brief project write-up and make a presentation during the oral interview. Oral graders will assess and provide feedback.
    2. Oral graders will ask additional questions not pertaining to the project to assess candidates on their knowledge of ELED topics. 

To start, and under the current global pandemic, the exam will be offered only online until such time as it is considered safe to gather in person. IEDC will assess the costs and benefits of online exams vs. in-person exams at a later date and may choose to offer both online and in-person exam opportunities in the future.

For more information on how to apply, please email certification@iedconline.org.