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Canadian economic development professionals have options for becoming certified.  Working with EDCO and our partners, professionals can obtain the Canadian designation, Ec.D., or the international designation, CEcD, or both.

Due to a recent survey it is proven that certified economic development professionals hold salaries an average of 20% higher than those that are not certified.


Ec.D. certified by Economic Developers Association of Canada

Visit the EDAC website for more details


CEcD certified by the International Economic Developers Council

Late in 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between IEDC and EDCO.  The MOU commits both parties to developing and delivering training programs for Canadian economic development professionals wishing to become IEDC Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs).

Visit the IEDC website for more details 
Canadian CEcD. FAQ Document


University of Waterloo

Students may also choose the University of Waterloo professional economic development courses and or the graduate Local Economic Development program. Many courses are offered in conjunction with the Economic Developers Association of Canada. This is the most recognized certification. EDO Certification requires completion of two years of courses along with submission of papers and a final exam. 

University of Waterloo Website

Re-Certification is a mandatory aspect of the program. Continuing education has been deemed vital for re-certification once every three years.  All Certified Economic Developers will have to demonstrate that they have maintained competence through continuing education, which includes attendance at accredited programs. 

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