THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
The Community Development Council (CDC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 to promote the advancement of standards of competence for community development professionals through accreditation of community development educational programs and professional certification. The CDC is governed by a Board of Directors that includes representatives from the five CDI sites across the country, the private sector, such as utility companies, and the public sector, such as state economic development organizations.
The CDC administers the Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) certification. The PCED certification is available to professional developers who are engaged in a purposeful effort to collaboratively shape and guide the development and economic prosperity of their community. The certification requirements include attendance at CDI, work experience and/or education in community and economic development, and passing a professional examination. Over 350 individuals nation-wide have received the Professional Community and Economic Developer designation.