Australian Certified Economic Developer (ACEcD) accreditation

EDA’s Australian Certified Economic Developer (ACEcD) accreditation is a challenging and robust credentialing program which raises the capacity of the economic development sector and raises awareness and recognition of economic development as a critical profession.

How do I become accredited?

To achieve Australian Certified Economic Developer (ACEcD) accreditation, participants must be a member of EDA and complete:

  1. All core competencies (module 1.1 – module 1.4)
  2. A minimum of two elective competencies (module 2.1 – module 2.8)
  3. Successful completion of assigned assessment for each module completed

To achieve accreditation, modules can be completed across multiple calendar blocks but must be completed within 3 years.

How do I retain accreditation?

Recognition as an Australian Certified Economic Developer (ACEcD) is retained through recognised continuing professional development (CPD) activities. EDA members must participate in accredited professional development activities equating to 50 Continuing Professional Development Points (CPD) within a two-year period, and remain a financial member of the organisation.

What is CPD?

CPD is defined as activities which contribute to improving your knowledge, developing best practice and providing service to the economic development profession.

Can I claim CPD points for doing my job?

No. CPD points cannot be claimed for activities undertaken in the course of normal employment or through the delivery of consultancy services.

What if I was accredited under the previous program?

EDA members who held ACEcD recognition under the previous system (prior to October 2020) were required to attain 50 CPD points under the new program, by December 31 2022.

What counts as CPD points?

Most activities that increase your knowledge, skills and ability to do your job will earn you CPD.

When planning your CPD activity, we recommended considering:

  • What is the relevance of the activity to your current and/or future role?
  • What are the intended learning outcomes?
  • What benefits will be gained for you, your employer, your staff, your community or clients?
  • Are there long-term benefits to undertaking the activity?

EDA CPD Activities (earn guaranteed CPD points)

    1. Completion of any EDA core and elective competencies (including exam / assessments) (10 points each)
    2. Attend an EDA webinar (5 points each – capped at 15 points per year)
    3. Present at an EDA webinar (10 points)
    4. Attend the National Economic Development Conference (15 points)
    5. Deliver a presentation at the National Economic Development Conference – by approval of organising committee (10 points)
    6. Attend a face-to-face EDA SPN professional development seminar, workshop or event (CPD points will be specified on registration)
    7. Publish an article in the EDA Journal (10 points per article, capped at 2 articles per year)
    8. Active participation on a SPN Committee (2 points per meeting attended. Capped at 6 points per year)
    9. Subscribe and read the EDA Journal (5 points per year)
    10. Serve as a judge for the National Economic Development Awards for Excellence (7 points – by application only)
    11. Prepare an entry for the National Economic Development Awards for Excellence (5 points)
    12. Other formal economic development education / training (by application – see below)

Can I earn CPD doing non-EDA activities?

Yes. EDA allows a wide range of non EDA learning activities to count towards CPD points.

Some examples of the types of activities that you can recorded as CPD:

  • Relevant conventions and conferences (attendance and speaking)
  • Relevant webinars, seminars and workshops
  • Tertiary and professional body courses
  • Publication in research/industry publications
  • Online learning / media consumption (research / articles / podcasts)

When applying for CPD points, please email the details of the activity for which you seek CPD points, including supporting material (i.e. module overview, conference program, course outline, media links, etc) to

These requests are assessed by EDA’s Accreditation Review Committee on a regular basis and you will be notified of the outcome in due course.


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