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Tennessee Certified Economic Developer Program

​The Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) Program, administered by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services, provides high quality training, continuing education and professional development opportunities to Tennessee’s economic and community development practitioners and community leaders. 

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, courses may be taken in any order.  Other course requirements include six specific subject matter core courses (10-hour courses) and an elective course*.  View theTCED Program Flyer-2016.pdfTCED Program Flyer.

In addition to completing the required courses, participants will need to complete a paper or capstone project and 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.  The required courses and a tentative schedule of upcoming courses are presented below. 

TN Strategic Planning for Economic Development Course (10 hours)
Elective Course (8 hours)

*The TCED program will allow substitution of other IEDC accredited Basic Economic Development Courses for the TBEDC and will allow up to (2) of the remaining (6) core subject matter courses to be substituted with the equivalent courses offered through IEDC provided that the equivalent IEDC courses have been completed within five years of beginning TCED program coursework and the participant provides proof of course completion to the TCED Program Director.
For more information regarding the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) Program, please ​​contact Kim K. Denton, CEcD, TCED Director, at or (865) 974-8464.

Course Schedule:





Basic Finance Course


February 8-9, 2018


Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Course ​Franklin ​March 13-14, 2018 $​345

Business Retention & Expansion




Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course


May 7-10, 2018


Managing Economic Development Organizations Course




Advanced Finance Course




Retail Development Course ​Franklin TBA $

Strategic Planning for Economic Development Course​​




Marketing and Attraction Course




*Indicates price of early registration.