ACE Program & Advanced Institute for Economic Development

/ACE Program & Advanced Institute for Economic Development
ACE Program & Advanced Institute for Economic Development2019-08-14T15:28:32-07:00


Accredited California Economic Developer (ACE) Program

New Training/Certification Program for California Economic Developers

The Accredited California Economic Developer (ACE) program is a new certification program offered through a partnership between CALED; the California Academy for Economic Development; the California State University, Fresno; and the University Business Center.

The ACE program addresses the unique challenges of economic development practitioners in California. At the end of successful completion of all program requirements, the participant will earn ACE certification which can help set them apart in their field.

Standard Requirements for ACE Certification:

  • Completion of Introduction to Economic Development Certificate Program (“Keys Course”)
  • Completion of 5 Advanced Institute for Economic Development (Advanced Institute) courses (see below)
  • Score of 80% or higher on a comprehensive final exam
  • Completion of at least two years of paid professional experience (public and/or private sector) in the field of economic development
  • Payment of certification test and registration fees

Please view the Pathways to ACE Certification to see how one can become accredited via the Standard Pathway (Keys Course and the Advanced Institute) or through special circumstances which include a Keys Course Waiver, waiver of certain Advanced Institute courses, or for those with CEcD accreditation.  

Click here to view the various Pathways to ACE Certification

Waiver requests must be submitted to Helen Schaubmayer by 5pm on June 14, 2019.

Waiver Deadline For the 2019 Advanced Institute has Passed

Keys Course Waiver Form

Advanced Institute Course Waiver Form

Contact Helen Schaubmayer at if you have any questions about requesting a waiver.


The first 5-day Advanced Institute will be held at Fresno State University from August 19-23, 2019

Registration for the 2019 Advanced Institute is closed 

The ACE program’s Advanced Institute offers California-specific course curriculum which can be completed in 5 days. The Advanced Institute builds on the “Introduction to Economic Development Certificate Program” (also known as “Keys to Successful Economic Development” or “Keys Course”) which has been offered by CALED and its partners for almost 10 years. The week-long “Keys Course” is a prerequisite to the Advanced Institute and is required for full ACE certification, although a waiver of the Keys Course requirement may be considered for individuals with 6+ years of professional experience and/or individuals who have completed a comparable Keys Course in neighboring states.

The five one-day courses offered in this launch are (click on the course name to view its syllabus and instructor information):

–Each course will be held from 9am to 4:30pm–

Who Should Attend:

  • Economic development professionals currently employed (or seeking employment) in California
  • Professionals in related fields whose job responsibilities include economic development functions
  • Those who have already attended the Keys Course and want to take the next step towards ACE certification

Registration Fee for Advanced Institute (Keys Course is a separate fee):

  • CALED Member = $1,300
  • CALED Non-member = $1,500

Registration for the 2019 Advanced Institute is closed 

There will be limited-space availability so register early!

Click here to get your name on our contact list.

Contact Helen Schaubmayer at for questions.


Refunds and Cancellations

CALED is pleased to incur expenses on your behalf to process your registration. If necessary, you may cancel your registration up to seven days before the day of the event and your registration fee, less a 15 per cent handling fee, will be credited to a future CALED event of your choice (to be used within a 12-month period). All cancellations must be sent to CALED in writing in order to be valid. Cancellation requests must be emailed to Laura Cole-Rowe at by August 12, 2019. CALED does not provide cash refunds for any reason. Registrants who cancel less than seven days before the day of the event and all no shows are responsible for full payment. You may make a substitution at any time.


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