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

EDA modules are delivered by economic development experts with real life experience, who have been trained in delivering the EDA modules.

Delivery Modes

EDA training is designed to be delivered either face to face or via virtual delivery. Small groups and regular break out sessions ensure quality delivery, collegial interaction and interactive learning.

All modules are full day training – from 10am to 5pm (approx). Sydney time.

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.

Register for the Full Suite > Nov 2022 Virtual Course      
Register for Individual Modules > Nov 2022 Virtual Course      

Modules Available in November 2022 Course

CORE: 1.1: Overview of Best Practice Economic Development | 2 Nov 2022

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 | 9 Nov 2022

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 | 16 Nov 2022

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:  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entrepreneurship & Inclusive Economic Development | 23 Nov 2022

The inclusion of this module reflects Economic Development Australia’s commitment to inclusiveness and equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and aims to build capacity in the economic development sector to ensure better facilitation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ engagement in Australia’s market economy.  Download the module overview.

ELECTIVE: 2.1 – Local Business Development, Retention & Expansion | 28 Nov 2022

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: 2.7 – Sustainable Economic Development | 29 Nov 2022

This module provides insights and tools for economic development practitioners to increase the sustainability of their local economy and achieve circular economy outcomes.  Download the module overview.

ELECTIVE: 2.4 – Industry Development | 30 Nov 2022

This module teaches participants 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: 2.8 – Economic Development Equity, Diversity and Inclusion | 1 Dec 2022

This module provides participants with insights and tools to increase economic participation of diverse and often marginalised groups and to retain wealth within communities as a way of creating a more equitable society.  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.