Pathways to ACE Certification

(Waiver requests must be submitted with appropriate supporting documentation to helen@caled.org by June 14, 2019)

Keys Course Waiver Form

Advanced Institute Course Waiver Form (complete one form for each course waiver request)

  • Standard Pathway (Keys Course +Advanced Institute)

    -Successfully complete Introduction to Economic Development Certificate Program ("Keys Course") in October.

    -Successfully complete Advanced Institute following Keys

    Keys Fee (member/non-member)
    Keys ($700/$800)

    Advanced Institute Fee (member/non-member)
    Advanced Institute ($1,300 / $1,500)

    Advanced Institute Certificate of Completion (included with Advanced Institute Fee)
    Pass completion test for each Advanced Institute Course

    ACE Final Exam Fee (member/non-member)
    Certification Test Fee ($200/$250) with 80%+ score

    2-year paid work experience
    Provide a summary of experience (including dates and relevancy of work in economic development) + a reference (name and contact details)

    ACE Fee (member/non-member)
    Certification Registration Fee = $100/$150


    Total Fee (member/non-member)
    $2,300 / $2,700

  • Waiver of Keys Course

    In order to be eligible to request a waiver for the "Keys Course", at least one of two criteria must be met:

    1.) A minimum of 6 years experience in economic development and/or closely-related field is required:

    • Provide a summary of experience (including dates and relevancy of work in economic development) + a reference (name and contact details)
    • Experience is within the past 10 years

    2.) Successful completion of the Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) in another state:

    • Provide course certificate or letter on course provider letterhead confirming successful completion of coursework
    • Acceptable BEDC course are those accepted by IEDC

    Please submit the waiver request form and supporting documentation to helen@caled.org by the deadline date to be considered for waiver.

    Keys Course Waiver Fee (member/non-member)
    If meet waiver eligibility = $100/$100

    Advanced Institute Fee (member/non-member)
    Advanced Institute ($1,300 / $1,500)

    Advanced Institute Certificate of Completion (included with Advanced Institute Fee)
    Pass completion test for each Advanced Institute Course

    ACE Final Exam Fee (member/non-member)
    Certification Test Fee ($200/$250) with 80%+ score

    2-year paid work experience
    Provide a summary of experience (including dates and relevancy of work in economic development) + a reference (name and contact details)

    ACE Fee (member/non-member)
    Certification Registration Fee = $100/$150


    Total Fee (member/non-member)
    $1,700 / $2,000

  • Waiver of Advanced Institute Course(s)

    For each Advanced Institute course requested to be waived:

    • Provide course certificate or letter on course provider letterhead confirming successful completion of coursework
    • Acceptable course providers may include APA, OUEDI, IEDC, NDC, ULI
    • Course taken within past 5 years
    • Include course description (comparable to Advanced Institute course)

    Note: Only up to three (3) courses may be waived. Navigating the Regulatory Environment and Entitlement Process in California is not eligible for waiver.

    Please submit the waiver request form and supporting documentation to helen@caled.org by the deadline date to be considered for waiver.

    Keys Course Waiver Fee (member/non-member)
    If applicable and meet waiver eligibility = $100/$100

    Advanced Institute Course Waiver Fee (member/non-member)
    Per waived course = $50/$50

    Adv. Inst. Fee (member/non-member)
    Each Advanced Institute Course = $300/$350

    Advanced Institute Certificate of Completion (included with Advanced Institute Fee)
    Pass completion test for each Advanced Institute Course

    ACE Final Exam Fee (member/non-member)
    Certification Test Fee ($200/$250) with 80%+ score

    2-year paid work experience
    Provide a summary of experience (including dates and relevancy of work in economic development) + a reference (name and contact details)

    ACE Fee (member/non-member)
    Certification Registration Fee = $100/$150


    Total Fee (member/non-member)
    Varies based on number courses waived/registered

  • Waiver for CEcD's

    CEcD's seeking waiver of Advanced Institute coursework:

    • Provide certificate or letter on IEDC letterhead confirming successful certification and current standing
    • Must be in current standing on CEcD requirements

    Note: Navigating the Regulatory Environment and Entitlement Process in California Adv. Inst. course is not eligible for waiver.

    Please submit the supporting documentation specified above to helen@caled.org by the deadline date to be considered for waiver.

    Advanced Institute Fee (member/non-member)
    Navigating the Regulatory Environment and Entitlement Process in California Course = $300/$350

    Advanced Institute Certificate of Completion (included with Advanced Institute Fee)
    n/a for all courses except Navigating the Regulatory Environment and Entitlement Process in California

    ACE Final Exam Fee (member/non-member)
    Certification Test Fee ($200/$250) with 80%+ score

    2-year paid work experience
    n/a (work experience requirement met with CEcD)

    ACE Fee (member/non-member)
    Certification Registration Fee = $100/$150

    Cross-Certification Fee (member/non-member)
    Cross-Certification Fee for current CEcD's = $400/$600


    Total Fee (member/non-member)
    $1,000 / $1,350

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