Registration Information

Interested individuals can enroll online, or by contacting Josh Markham at or 501.450.3460.

Register online

Enrollment in each of the three concurrent sessions of the three-year program is limited. Prospective participants are encouraged to register as early as possible.  Attendees receive 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for each year’s attendance.

Please note that participants must move through the program sequentially. To attend Year 2, attendees must have attended Year 1, and to attend Year 3, attendees must have attended both Years 1 and 2. To attend the Advanced Year, participants must be a CDI graduate.


CDI Scholarships

To view information about or to apply for a scholarship, see Scholarships.



CDI sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 1 and will end at 4:30 pm, Friday, August 5, 2016.  A required special event is planned for Monday evening. Only participants who attend all sessions will receive credit for the Institute.



CDI sessions are held at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas, located at 201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, Arkansas, 72035.



Registration Type Rate Deadline
Early-bird $550 December 15, 2015
Regular $600 June 15, 2016
Late $650 After June 15, 2016
MSCED Student Rate (rate applies to anyone currently enrolled in MSCED graduate program) $300 (does not include charge for 1 credit hour)
 Advanced Year  $550  July 25, 2016


Cost for attending the Institute covers the entire week of institute sessions, materials, refreshments, and special events.

Final payments are requested by July 15, 2016, unless prior arrangements are made. 

Full refunds will be issued for cancellations received on or before July 15, 2016.  Cancellations made after this date will be charged a $50 processing fee.

All registration fees can be paid by check, credit card (VISA, Mastercard, or Discover), or cash.

Send payments to:
UCA- Outreach & Community Engagement
Attn:  CDI Central
201 Donaghey Avenue, BHCC 102
Conway, Arkansas 72035



Rooms have been reserved in Conway at the Hilton Garden Inn, 501.329.1444. Mention Community Development Institute for special room rates.



The Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) test will be offered Friday afternoon following the closing ceremonies.  Testing fee is $225, with checks payable on-site to the Community Development Council.  Advance authorization and pre-registration for the test are required 45 days in advance. Pre-register to take the PCED exam at The PCED is optional and is not required for CDI attendance.

The next PCED exam will be held in spring 2016 on March 10, 2016, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

The PCED exam will also be held on August 5, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

Graduate Credit

The CDI curriculum is linked to UCA’s Master of Science in Community Development (MSCED) graduate degree program.  CDI participants may earn graduate credit toward completion of the MSCED program during CDI by completing all prescribed CDI sessions during the week.  Those who seek the credit course option must be admitted to graduate school and pay the required credit course registration.

To register online to UCA Graduate School go to  Please note:  There is no out-of-state tuition for this program.  All students pay in-state tuition.

MSCED Students who choose the degree credit course option will pay $300 plus the cost of credit course.  MSCED students who choose to attend, but without the credit course option, will pay a rate of $300 for CDI attendance. These rates apply to all currently enrolled MSCED students. There is no late registration cost for students.

A one-time $25 graduate application will be charged for participants who have not been admitted to graduate school.


To Apply to Graduate School

Step 1: Go online to and apply to Graduate School Online

Step 2: Remit a one-time $25 graduate school application fee to:
UCA – Graduate School
Torreyson Library 328
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, Arkansas 72035