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IED Accredited Courses and Qualifications

A programme of short courses is available through a range of providers and availability varies according to the time of year. On an adhoc basis, we accredit several short courses run by others. In the past these have included courses run by EDAS, What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, Rural Services Network, Cushman & Wakefield and Nottingham Business School.

Short courses run by EDAS

EDAS (the Economic Development Association Scotland) runs a number of one and two day courses which are accredited by the IED. These include Introduction to Local Economic Development; Inclusive Growth and Appraisal, Monitoring and Evaluation. For more information visit the EDAS website here.

Short courses run by What Works Growth

What Works Growth (What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth) runs free short courses which count towards IED continuous professional development hours. These courses support practitioners to use evidence and evaluation for more effective local growth policy. Courses are typically centred on practical exercises and are less than three hours. They include Making use of logic models, Developing good evaluation questions, and How to evaluate. Please note: some training is exclusive to those working in local government. For more information visit the What Works Growth website here.


A number of Universities offer undergraduate and post graduate courses in areas of relevance to economic development and include the Universities where there are IED Members on the staff or studying. Courses range from part time to full time and some are available as distance learning and you will need to contact the Universities for full details. So many different courses of study are of relevance to economic development in its broadest sense and as such it is impossible to provide a comprehensive list of courses, but do please get in touch if you need any further advice.

The Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) at Newcastle University offers two taught postgraduate degrees, an MA in Regional Development and Spatial Planning and an MA in Local and Regional Development (Research) More details here