What is the PCED Certification?
The Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) Certification is a designation offered for professionals who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in the field community and economic development. The certification is designated by the Community Development Council.
How do I become a certified PCED?
To obtain the PCED, you must complete an application, which demonstrates your experience and expertise in the field. You must also take a certification exam, proctored by a representative of the Community Development Council. For more exam information, go to http://www.cdcouncil.com/ccd.htm or contact:
Ms. Laura Guerin
C/O Southern Economic Development Council
P.O. Box 18369
Atlanta, GA 30316 or,
FAX: (404) 523-0406
Phone: (404) 523-3030
When is the PCED exam normally offered?
The PCED exam is normally offered three times a year in Conway, Arkansas, at the University of Central Arkansas in the Brewer Hegeman Conference Center:
- Second week of March
- First Friday in August, at the close of CDI Central
- Thursday, November 1st, at 1:00 pm at the close of the Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Community Development Society.
The exam is also offered at other times and locations outside of Arkansas. Contact Laura Guerin (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for more information on other testing dates and locations.
When is the next PCED exam?
The next PCED exam will be offered on March 7, 2013 from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm in Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center at UCA.
If I complete the Community Development Institute, am I required to take the PCED exam?
No. The exam is optional.
Do I have to attend CDI to take the PCED exam?
No, you do not have to attend CDI to take the PCED exam. However, attendance at CDI is one way professionals can gain eligibility to take the exam. In addition, the curriculum covered at CDI will help professionals successfully pass the exam.
Does CDI administer the PCED exam?
No, but CDI curriculum helps professionals understand the key concepts covered by the exam. The PCED is overseen by the Community Development Council.
Why do I have to pay additional fees to take the PCED exam when I have already paid for three years of CDI?
The PCED exam is separate from the CDI experience. While many CDI graduates chose to take the exam, it is not required.
How much is the testing fee?
$200, which includes an exam study guide.