Face-to-Face Training in Melbourne

The EDA National Education and Training Program is the only course designed for Australian economic development professionals.

Join us for the next face-to-face round of the program in Melbourne from Monday 29th August to Friday 2nd September.

Limited places are available for EDA members wishing to achieve accreditation at this intensive 5-day course, which provides an accelerated pathway to achieving recognition as an Australian Certified Economic Developer (ACEcD).

Core and elective modules deliver knowledge, skills and insight, using practical case studies, a global perspective and adaptable tools to help economic development professionals build a strong and resilient local economy.


  • 5 days of face to face training at Melbourne CBD location
  • 4 core and 2 elective EDA modules
  • Small group / interactive environment
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • Includes a networking dinner with economic development peers
  • EDA training module participant handbooks for 6 EDA modules.
  • In-class and post module assessments
  • Australian Certified Economic Developer (ACEcD) recognition (logo and certificate supplied)
  • EDA National Education and Training Program certificate of completion
  • Recognition at National Economic Development Conference as a graduating ACEcD
  • Recognition in the EDA Journal as a graduating ACEcD

The Program will deliver 4 core and 2 elective modules over 5 days.

Registration is only open to EDA members completing the whole program.

Numbers are limited.

Price: $3,570 + GST


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Module Overviews

CORE: 1.1: Overview of Best Practice Economic Development

This module provides a synopsis of the economic development strategies and approaches in Australia, and around the world, and how this is reflected in public policy.  Download the module overview.

CORE: 1.2: Strategic Planning for Economic Development

This Module sets out the best practice principles for developing an economic development strategy. Participants will examine the core elements of good strategic planning in a way that is directly relevant to local economic developers and their constantly changing environments. Download the module overview.

CORE: 1.3: Measuring & Evaluating Economic Development

This module provides a practical framework for measuring and evaluating economic development activities, and how to communicate outcomes in the context of broader economic trends.  Download the module overview.

CORE: 1.4: Resilience, Risk & Economic Recovery

This module provides participants with an overview of some of the key risks to local economies and the key principles of economic recovery to implement following a disaster, crisis or downturn. Download the module overview.

ELECTIVE: 2.2 – Industry Clusters to Build Competitiveness

This module will provide an overview of why geography and spatial relationships matter to local and regional economies, and the particular role that clusters play in supporting economic growth. The importance of innovation, and how clusters can increase regional innovation and competitiveness will be a particular focus. Download the module overview.

ELECTIVE: 2.5 – Building Partnerships & Advocacy

This module provides key learnings into how to establish and support relationships, how to stimulate competition and position a city or region more competitively. The module will cover how economic development professionals can work together with complementary disciplines to realise shared outcomes.  Download the module overview.

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EDA reserves the right to change or cancel the dates advertised. A minimum number of students are required for the session to proceed.

Terms & Conditions

Once your registration form has been submitted online, your enrolment is considered confirmed.  Should you be required to gain training approval from your employer, please do so before submitting the registration form.

Please note that some modules may be booked on public holidays.

All cancellations, student substitutions or date change requests must be advised in writing to admin@edaustralia.com.au.  Charges for cancellations and other changes will be applied, as stated below, to cover our fixed cost commitments and administration costs. In the event of a cancellation, all course notes must be returned prior to any refunds being provided.

Attendees of face to face training will be required to show evidence of double vaccination.

More than 60 days prior to the module start date:

  • Cancellation and substitutions permitted with no charge

60-21 days prior to the module start date:

  • Cancellations– A cancellation charge of 50% of the total course fee applies.
  • Substitutions permitted at no charge

21 days or less prior to the course start date:

  • Cancellations – no refund
  • Substitutions permitted – An administration fee of 25% of the total module fee applied

COVID/Travel Restrictions

EDA appreciates that travel restrictions continue in some states and as such, in the event that the state borders are closed between 29 Aug – 2 Sept 2022 and you are therefore unable to attend, a full refund will be offered for the value of your registration.