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Continuing Professional Development Programme 2024

The IED is committed to support economic development colleagues in their professional development and after a successful launch year in 2023, registrations are now open for the 2024 Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Economic Development Programme.

Professionals working in economic development are now able to work towards achieving a Certificate in Economic Development, accredited by the Institute. For more experienced professionals, an Advanced Certificate of Economic Development can be awarded. This level of certificate is aimed at professionals who have a relevant degree and at least 5 years experience working in the field or who have completed the Certificate of Economic Development. 

The structure of the programme is detailed in the document below. Once an individual has completed all the individual modules, they will be awarded a Certificate, which can be provided in both digital and paper format, if required.

As already happens, all CPD modules will be delivered by experts in their field.  There is no requirement for IED members to work towards these certificates and all individual CPD modules will continue to run as they do now, with new ones being added as demand requires.  If you have no interest in completing either qualification then just sign up to courses on an ad hoc basis as usual. 

All details on the cost, the structure and the modules within the Certificate and Advanced Certificate is detailed in the document below.

To register your interest for the Certificate or Advanced Certificate, please in the first instance email

To read some case studies from course delegates, please click on the images below.

Certificate/Advanced Certificate in Economic Development: Maria Cotton, Head of Place Making, Oldham Council

Certificate in Economic Development: Ruth Lambert, Development Manager – Somerset & Wiltshire, Federation of Small Businesses

Advanced Certificate in Economic Development: Daniel Harper, Head of Economic Development, Barnsley Council

Certificate in Economic Development: Claire Hill, Economic Growth Officer, West Lindsey District Council