Professional Accreditation Stream

The EDA National Education and Training Program is the accredited professional development course for Australian economic development professionals. Core and elective modules deliver knowledge, skills and insight, using practical case studies, a global perspective and adaptable tools to help you build a strong and resilient local economy.


Core and Elective EDA modules are recognised activities for EDA members seeking accreditation as an Australian Certified Economic Developer (ACEcD).

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

  1. Four CORE Modules (CORE Module 1.1 – CORE Module 1.4)
  2. At least two ELECTIVE modules. Please note, the electives that are available for this calendar block are listed below. Future calendar blocks will be announced in coming months
  3. Successful completion of assessment for each module

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

Existing ACEcD members will be awarded 10 CPD points upon successful completion of each module. For further information about EDA’s ACEcD accreditation program click here.


Assessments will be conducted for each module via short, on-line tests during the session and longer form, essay format following the session.

The training team

The EDA modules open for registration will be delivered by experts from SGS Economics. SGS were engaged by EDA to develop the modules and learning outcomes and is the ideal partner to deliver the first suite of training. SGS has a long history of delivering workshops and training courses for professionals to share knowledge collaboratively. The team regularly delivers lectures and tutorials in the tertiary education sector.

Video delivery during COVID-19

Due to the travel and social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19, EDA will deliver modules via a live video format in 2021. All modules will be delivered in one-day

The SGS training team has adapted the delivery approach and the format will allow participants to share content and experiences, guaranteeing an engaging and interactive training, education and collegial experience.

EDA Module fees

  • EDA Member full suite: $382 per module (6 or more modules per person must be booked within one calendar block)
  • EDA Member per module: $450
  • EDA non-members per module: $650

All prices are exc of GST.


The July/August course is SOLD OUT.

Registrations for the next course (November/December 2021) are open now:

Register for the Full Suite (6 modules)      
Register for Individual Modules      

Available Modules

CORE: 1.1: Overview of Best Practice Economic Development (1 Nov 2021)

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 (8 Nov 2021)

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 (15 Nov 2021)

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 (22 Nov 2021)

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: 2.1 – Local Business Development, Retention & Expansion (29 Nov 2021)

This Module provides participants with a practical toolkit for supporting and strengthening a region’s existing businesses to attract investment and grow the local economy. It explores different ways economic development can leverage local economies.  Download the module overview.

ELECTIVE: 2.2 – Industry Clusters to Build Competitiveness (Next available in 2022)

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: 2.3 – Investment Attraction & Export Development (Next available in 2022)

This module will equip economic development professionals to understand the core principles of facilitating investment and when to apply the principles of investment attraction. This module will also explore ways to assist businesses develop export markets and will cover what legal and cultural implications should be considered when doing business with key international markets.  Download the module overview.

ELECTIVE: 2.4 – Industry Development (Next available in 2022)

Industry development refers to the process of identifying and implementing actions to support the growth of particular sectors in a local economy. The process of identifying sectors, and the actions to support their development is therefore crucial in administering scarce economic development resources.  Participants will learn how to identify which sectors within their community are competitive and how to design and implement interventions to increase economic output in targeted sectors. The module will also cover supply chain principles and how to identify gaps within targeted sectors.  Download the module overview.

ELECTIVE: 2.5 – Building Partnerships & Advocacy (6 Dec 2021)

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 of 12 students per module are required for the session to proceed.