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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why should you become an accredited economic development practitioner?
The AcED is the leading industry designation. Having AcED after your name will make you more marketable. It not only shows that you have the breadth of knowledge to perform at the top level in the profession, it enhances your visibility within your organisation and the visibility of your organisation within the profession.
2. What courses do I need to take?
All learners must complete at least six professional development courses, representing four core competencies, plus two electives. The core and elective courses can be found here ...
If you wish to participate in various courses but not undertake the AcED you are most welcomed to do so. In those circumstances there will be no evaluation, nor will there be any obligation to maintain your professional development activities.
3. Is there an order in which the courses should be taken?
No. You are free to attend the courses that best meet your own schedule, travel budget and professional needs.
4. How long does the certification process take?
There is no set time frame for obtaining accreditation. The length of time depends on your budget, schedule and the urgency you personally feel about becoming accredited.
5. How much does the accreditation process cost?
Individual members of EDNZ: Each course has a stand alone cost of $340 plus GST if you are an individual member of EDNZ
Corporate member of EDNZ: If your organisation is a corporate member of EDNZ then the cost for each course is $270 plus GST. If you aren't sure whether your organisation is a corporate member then please head over to our membership directory to find out.
Not a member of EDNZ: The cost of courses for non EDNZ members is $540 plus GST if you are not a member of EDNZ.
To achieve the ACeD you will need to attend six courses, the total cost if a member is $2,040 plus GST . If not an EDNZ member it is $3,240, plus GST.
Individual membership of EDNZ costs $400 plus GST per annum and can be achieved online in under three minutes. You can join here ...
6. How will my learning be evaluated?
At the completion of the six courses you will be asked to a) complete a multiple choice / short answer series of questions that come directly from the four core and elective topics. You will also be asked to provide an essay relating to the core courses. You will be invited to attend an interview with a panel of experts to test your learning.
7. What must I do to maintain my accreditation?
Once you have earned your AcED, you must participate in economic development activities , as well as remain active in the field. Learn more about the specific requirements of maintaining your AcED here ...
8. What if I don't want to complete a qualification but do wish to attend courses?
No problem, simply enroll in those courses that appeal to you?
9. What if I just want to access the resource centre?
No problem, simply create your World of Learning free account and enjoy.
10. Will my previous qualifications in ED be recognised?
Absolutely. If you have a Graduate Diploma or Masters in Economic Development please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. How do I get started?
Whether you want to achieve accreditation, access the resource centre or just attend courses as and when you wish; create your free World of Learning account to gain access to your own world of learning. If you aren't a member of EDNZ then you may wish to consider becoming one to save monies. You can explore EDNZ membership here...