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|Certified Economic Developer Certification|
GEDA is your source for information about how to receive your Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) credentials and how to maintain your certification once successful. GEDA has a long and proud history of assisting professionals achieve this designation. In fact, Georgia has more CEcDs than all states but one. Read below to learn more about how GEDA can help you join this list of Georgia's CEcDs.
About CertificationCertification is managed by the International Economic Development Council. Candidates must meet minimum experience and professional development requirements in order to sit for the exam. GEDA can assist you with finding the best way to meet these requirements.
The exam was last held in Atlanta on December 12-13, 2015. For information on upcoming exam locations, visit the IEDC website.
What Do I Need?
Who Qualifies?Anyone meeting the above requirements can apply to sit for the exam. You are not required to join IEDC in order to sit for the exam. However, there are reduced rates for IEDC members for many aspects of the certification program, including:
How Can GEDA Help?GEDA offers a variety of support for CEcD candidates.
GEDA can facilitate informal study groups or pairings among course attendees. This has helped keep candidates focused and on track with their studying and preparation.
In addition, GEDA helps connect candidates to IEDC's CEcD mentorship program, a program in which IEDC staff will help GEDA members find a mentor. IEDC mentors provide one-on-one coaching to CEcD candidates as they prepare for the exam. These mentors have been through the process and can provide great insight about their experiences and their thoughts on how to prepare.
GEDA's Professional Development Committee offers more grant funding than any other state ED association in the country, with approximately $16,000 available annually. Funds are available for:
Once certified, candidates must renew their certification once every three years in order to remain current. IEDC has developed a three-tier point system. That system and the recertification application are available on IEDC's website. Also, GEDA has a specific role in helping you attain many of these recertification points.
Shannon James, Sr.