Follow us on Social & Subscribe to our newsletter to learn more about EDCC!

Roadmap to Certification

Roadmap to CEcD Certification Webinar

Learn from our professionals on the impact this designation has on your career and organization

  • What is the process of becoming certified and how long does it take?
  • How has this impacted our professionals and their careers.
  • When would it be a good time to certify?

Stephanie Troller, CEcD, Business Development Manager, City of Westminster

Fellow CEcD Colleagues:

  • Adam Krueger, CEcD, Economic Development Deputy Director, City of Thornton
  • Jill Mendoza, CEcD, Economic Development Manager, Town of Superior
  • Tyler Purvis, CEcD, Community Development Director/Ass. City Administrator, City of Brush!

Are you considering becoming CEcD Certified?

Why should I get my certification?

The International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) CEcD program is the most prestigious designation in the economic development profession. Being a CEcD shows that you have the breadth of knowledge to perform at the top level in the profession, it enhances your visibility within your organization and the visibility of your organization within the profession. The credibility you gain through the certification process translates into access to valuable networking opportunities, practitioner based skills, and can increase your salary significantly.

What benefits does this designation have on my career and organization?

Having CEcD after your name makes you more marketable in the job market. Those with the CEcD certification earn a median base salary of $103,500, while those without any certifications received a median of $79,000. Employers seeking expert economic development professionals respect the CEcD certification, and in many cases the certification is highly desired or required in job ads.

Through the process of becoming a CEcD, applicants learn in-depth information on a series of economic development topics as they complete each of the six training courses needed to sit for the exam. The CEcD exam tests applicants knowledge and demonstrates they are extremely knowledgeable in the field of economic development. Once you have earned your CEcD designation, you can proudly display your achievement with your own CEcD pin.

What is the process of becoming certified and how long does it take?

Economic development is a highly multidisciplinary profession, so it is important to be trained in several different areas. In order to achieve the certification, all applicants must complete four core training courses and two elective courses each applicant can choose to explore. This ensures that all CEcDs have a strong baseline knowledge on the fundamentals of economic development, while allowing the candidates to pursue higher comprehension on specific topics of their choosing.

Candidates are also required to have at least four-years of consecutive, paid, full-time economic development related experience. Candidates must be able to demonstrate this experience as this will be tested and revealed during the oral section of the exam. Prior to taking the exam, all applicants must attend a primer to the CEcD exam workshop either in person or online. Once candidates have completed these requirements, they can sit for the exam at any of our conferences or online, and become a CEcD!

What does it take to maintain the certification?

Earn at least 12 credits
During a three-year cycle, CEcDs must earn at least 12 credits and attend at least one ethics workshop or web seminar. These credits can come from attending conferences, courses, webinars, volunteering with IEDC and more. Here is an excerpt from the recertification application that outlines how many credits different professional development events are. Tracking Document – Click Here

Recertification Form
All CEcD recertification applicants must complete the enclosed recertification form demonstrating their required professional development activity and submit a copy of their résumé indicating their continued work in economic development over the past three years. Click Here

The Recertification Application Fee
Recertification is $375.00 for members and $555.00 for non-members. The fee must accompany the application and is fully non-refundable. 

Notice of Application Approval
Applicants meeting IEDC recertification requirements will receive notification of recertification.  Applicants whose applications have been denied will be informed as to the reason for the denial.

Volunteer with IEDC for Recertification Credits
Join IEDC’s Knowledge Management & Development (KMD) team in assisting areas affected by disasters through technical assistance. KMD has a number of exciting projects and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. To become a volunteer, please fill out the form below and the KMD team will reach out to you. Volunteer Form – Click Here

**All Economic Development Council of Colorado’s (EDCC) online and in person events are accredited by the IEDC as can be used as a credit. Volunteering on EDCC committees, mentoring, and speaking opportunties with EDCC all qualify as credits as well.

Visit EDCC’s Event page – Click Here

When is a good time to certify?

Now is a great time to begin the certification process as all of the courses are offered online. This helps save in time, budget, and travel expenses. 

Learn more on IEDC’s website

Several study tips are identified in the webinar. Here’s just a few to entice you to watch the webinar.

  • Study! Take your time and truly study each of your course books. All questions will have a component or process from each of the four core courses and your two electives.
  • Join a study group!
  • Find a mentor either with EDCC or IEDC
  • Take the IEDC CEcD Test prep course. They will supply you with essay examples. While preparing for the essay portion of the test, simulate the time you will be given during the actual test when you are practicing. They are looking for both theory and real life scenarios to show your experience.

A mentor is one of the best practices our CEcD professionals have avised. Mentor’s can help in your preperation for your exam by helping quiz you, send sample essay questions, and mock interviews.

  • Sign up today for a mentor through EDCC.
  • Sign up for a mentor through IEDC.

There are many resources available at your finger tips.

  • Check out IEDC’s Book Store to be sure you have the latest copy of the course manuals.
  • Several Colorado CEcD professionals have used Quizlet to help them study.
  • Watch the Roadmap to Certification webinar for additional tips, tricks, and tools in helping you prepare for the exam.
  • IEDC is not the only place you can get this training. OU Economic Development Institute (EDI) certificate program is an international educational experience that offers participants from around the world an outstanding level of flexibility in creating course schedules with its mixture of online and traditional courses. OU EDI provides comprehensive courses that align with International Economic Development Council (IEDC) manuals, as well as the latest trends in economic development.

Meet Colorado’s CEcD Professionals

Zachary Barker

Zachary Barker, CEcD, MS
President, Startup Support Center





Susan Blansett, CEcD
Energy & Industry Consultant, Colorado Workforce Development Council & Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium





Profile Photo
John Bristol, CEcD
Executive Director, Routt County Economic Development Partnership

Michelle Claymore, CEcD

John Cody, CEcD

Jessica Erickson, CEcD
Director of Business Development, Sun Construction

Cecilia Harry, CEcD
Vice President of Economic Development, SizeUp

Julie Jacoby, CEcD
Retail Administrator, City of Thornton

Lindsey Kimball, CEcD
Economic Development Director, City of Westminster, CO

Adam Krueger, City of Thornton

Adam Krueger, CEcD
Economic Development Director, City of Thornton

Bryce Lange, CEcD

Bryce Lange, CEcD
Town Manager, Town of Hudson

      Laura Lewis Marchino, CEcD
Executive Director, Region 9 Economic Development District





Neil Marciniak

    Neil Marciniak, CEcD
Economic Development Director, City of Centennial





Robin Martinez, CEcD
Economic Development Dircetor, President & CEO, City of Brighton

Troy McCue, CEcD
Executive Director, Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation

R. Michael McCarthy, CEcD
Principal at The McCarthy/Blansett Group LLC

Jill Mendoza, CEcD
Economic Development Manager, Town of Superior

Allison Moeding CEcD

Allison Moeding, CEcD
Economic Development Director, City of Northglenn

Laura Moody, CEcD
Senior Economic Development Specialist, City of Lakewood

Wendi Nafziger, City of Commerce City

Wendi Nafziger, CEcD
Business Development Manager, City of Commerce City

Becky Nelson, CEcD
Director of Economic Development, Denver South EDP

Isabella Nunez

Isabella Nunez, CEcD
Senior Economic Development Specialist, City of Lakewood Economic Development

Martin Postma, CEcD
MPA, Senior Policy Analyst, City of Thornton

Daniel Ryley, CEcD
Vice President of Corporate Attraction, Metro Denver EDC

Tyler Purvis, CEcD
Community Development Director/Assistant City Administrator, City of Brush!

Cathy Schulte, CEcD
Vice President, Upstate Colorado

Diane Schwenke, CEcD


Terry Schwindler, CEcD
Business Development Specialist, Town of Windsor Colorado Economic Development Department

Deana Sheriff, West End Economic Development

Deana Sheriff, CEcD


Benjamin Snow, CEcD
Director, Department of Economic Health and Housing, City of Greeley

Brandon Stamm, CEcD
Executive Director, Downtown Grand Junction Partnership (DDA/BID)

Stephanie Troller, CEcD
Economic Resilience Manager, City of Westminster

Rachel Tuyn, CEcD
Economic Development Director, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments

Mike Van Den Bosch, CEcD
Financial Analyst at Brocade

Vanessa Zarate, CEcD
Senior Economic Developer, City of Centennial