CEDTP Online Courses

In order to make our training accessible, we offer our courses in an online format as well as in-person. These courses can be applied to your Ec.D designation, and are eligible for credit towards the Management Certificate-Economic Developers offered through the University of Calgary in conjunction with EDA.  Read about CEDTP hereRead what CEDTP participants have to say.

We currently offer online training through two platforms:

University of Calgary

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Course Registration

To Register for an upcoming online course, click on the course of your choice below and follow the registration process.

Upcoming Online Courses

    • November 09, 2021
    • December 13, 2021
    • Online through the University of Calgary

    This course is the first in a series that will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become proficient at economic development. In choosing to educate yourself, you have chosen to improve the decisions that will have a significant effect on your community’s future. The function of economic development (ED) is often complex, and understanding your role in the process will be key both to the success of your career, and to the overall success of your economic development activities. This course is the 30,000-foot view of the process of economic development. It provides the theory and fundamentals of ED along with examples of how it can be applied. There is no one way to do ED. Each community, organization or volunteer group will do ED differently.

    Course Details

    The primary goals of this course are to:

    • Identify what economic development is;
    • Determine how you fit into the function;
    • Examine how you can best serve your community as an economic development professional; and
    • Identify the tools and resources that can help economic developers meet local development challenges.

    To register: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=12618114

    Instructor: Holly Sorgen

    • February 15, 2022
    • March 21, 2022
    • Online through the University of Calgary
    Business retention and expansion (BR&E) is a primary economic development strategy. BR&E supports and fosters the development and growth of the business community. The result of a strong BR&E strategy is a healthy and thriving business community which in turn provides a long term sustainable community foundation. Long-term BR&E programs are a means of connecting businesses with resources and opportunities that will improve their competitive position, market networks and ultimately their profitability.   

    If you wish to have credits applied to Continuing Education’s Professional Management Certificate – Economic Developers, you will need to contact our office at 403-220-2866 . Credits for the Community Economic Development courses equals 2/3 of the instruction hours to a maximum of 30 hours, i.e. for a 15 hour course you will receive 10 hours credit.

    Instructor: Natalie Gibson 

    To register: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=15264259

    • March 08, 2022
    • April 11, 2022
    • Online through the University of Calgary
    Learn key concepts related to business and investment attraction in economic development. Cover community investment readiness; competitive advantage, how to select key target markets for investment attraction; working with site selectors; and, attracting foreign direct investment to help your community expand its economic base. Learn how to develop business investment strategies that will benefit your community.   

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Recognize the different types of new investment versus investment attraction
    • Examine criteria to evaluate if your community is in fact ‘investment ready’
    • Describe components that may be included in an Investment Attraction Strategy
    • Identify methods to recognize the target industries that may be attracted to your community
    • Explore investment attraction tools and resources
    • Classify the different types of site selectors and what their search criteria may be
    • Recognize the four basic stages of site selection
    • Review types of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and support resources
    • Compare methods of measuring your BI&A program or activities success

    Online registration https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=15410870

    Instructor: Natalie Gibson

    • April 26, 2022
    • May 30, 2022
    • Online through the University of Calgary

    This course is the first in a series that will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become proficient at economic development. In choosing to educate yourself, you have chosen to improve the decisions that will have a significant effect on your community’s future. The function of economic development (ED) is often complex, and understanding your role in the process will be key both to the success of your career, and to the overall success of your economic development activities. This course is the 30,000-foot view of the process of economic development. It provides the theory and fundamentals of ED along with examples of how it can be applied. There is no one way to do ED. Each community, organization or volunteer group will do ED differently.

    Course Details

    The primary goals of this course are to:

    • Identify what economic development is;
    • Determine how you fit into the function;
    • Examine how you can best serve your community as an economic development professional; and
    • Identify the tools and resources that can help economic developers meet local development challenges.

    To register: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=12618114

    Instructor: Holly Sorgen

    • July 19, 2022
    • August 22, 2022
    • Online through the University of Calgary
    Business retention and expansion (BR&E) is a primary economic development strategy. BR&E supports and fosters the development and growth of the business community. The result of a strong BR&E strategy is a healthy and thriving business community which in turn provides a long term sustainable community foundation. Long-term BR&E programs are a means of connecting businesses with resources and opportunities that will improve their competitive position, market networks and ultimately their profitability.   

    If you wish to have credits applied to Continuing Education’s Professional Management Certificate – Economic Developers, you will need to contact our office at 403-220-2866 . Credits for the Community Economic Development courses equals 2/3 of the instruction hours to a maximum of 30 hours, i.e. for a 15 hour course you will receive 10 hours credit.

    Instructor: Natalie Gibson 

    To register: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=15264259

Here's what people are saying about our online courses: 

I found the collaboration between different Economic Developers across multiple municipalities and provinces that we were introduced to in the course to be very valuable , along with the information provided by Natalie Gibson to be extremely informative and comprehensive. 

Blake Chartrand MBA, Urban Form & Corporate Strategic Development Economic and Environmental Sustainability,  City of Edmonton AB

I found the  courses very helpful and I really enjoyed working with other professionals across the province. Not only was the course insightful and timely, I found that it could help even the most seasoned veteran. The networking I experienced was a fantastic side benefit as well.  I'd highly recommend this course for any Economic Development Specialist.

Greg Robinson, Director Community Development & Human Resources, Town of Raymond AB


I liked the online format because it allowed me to access content whenever I wanted. For those intimidated by the online concept,  this was my first time taking an online course. Whenever I had an issue, my instructor, was there with a prompt answer so I was able to continue. I found great benefit in the ‘Discussion Board’ where you could interact with other students and learn from them as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this process. What a great way to learn!

Carolyn McIntyre, CED Assistant for the Wildrose Region AB. 

Economic practitioners appreciate EDA's new online or e-learning courses. E-learning has many benefits; students can self-pace assignments to suit their schedules, learning styles and complete course work from anywhere and at anytime. The assignments are paced in a way that is manageable for the students; and interaction through-out the four weeks creates an online community similar to a classroom experience. The students are welcomed into the course and encouraged to interact with each other through the discussion board, or in the live group session called Elluminate; both are excellent ways to share ideas and ask questions.  -Natalie Gibson, CEDTP trainer. 

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