Tennessee Certified Economic Developer - TCED

The Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) program—broken up into courses, including certification—covers economic trends, opportunities, core components and tools essential for competition in today’s global economy, with a focus on economic development in Tennessee.

The TCED program is tailored to give participants a broad based knowledge of economic opportunities and trends, core components, and tools required to compete in today’s global economy, with a focus on economic development in Tennessee. Upon completion of the TCED course curricula and certification requirements, participants are awarded the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer certification, indicating that they have developed core competency in the principles and practices of economic development in Tennessee.

The TCED program offers a series of economic development courses in locations across the state or online. The Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC), an International Economic Development Council (IEDC) certified 24 hour course, is considered the anchor course for the certification program; however, it is not a prerequisite to other course offerings, as courses may be taken in any order. Other course requirements include six specific subject matter core courses (10-hour courses) and an elective course*. 

In addition to completing the required courses, participants will need to complete a Capstone Project including a written and oral presentation​ which applies knowledge gained in the program. Course offerings are structured such that a TCED candidate can complete certification requirements within a two year period. To maintain certification, participants will need to complete a minimum of 7 hours of training in each calendar year.


TCED Capstone

One of the definitions of the word "capstone" is a crowning achievement. The TCED final capstone report provides participants with an opportunity to conduct a project which they consider to be the crowning achievement of their Tennessee Certified Economic Developer experience. 

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TCED Capstone Course
TCED Recertification

TCED Recertification

TCED Recertification is required every three years.  Spring TCED graduates must recertify by June 30  and Fall TCED graduates must recertify by December 31.  Recertification requirements focus on continuing education opportunities in economic development.  A minimum of 48 hours of professional development is required over the three-year cycle, with 16 hours of training recommended per year.

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