The CED Certificate Program is an eight-month certificate in CED planning and practice that immerses students in a peer supported learning environment.  We place great emphasis on using a cohort approach to the program since the majority of our students are already mature professionals. Peer-support encourages mutual sharing of personal cases studies and learnings, builds confidence among participants as they become “experts” in their field, and enables networking opportunities that contribute to long-term success in both their daily work and their career advancement.

The program has two components: course work and "The Project". 


CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL COURSE LIST.  (Not all courses are taught in the certificate.)

Courses are provided over the course of eight months online. 

The curriculum focuses on multiple areas of CED theory and practice, including:

  • Economic reconciliation and Indigenous worldviews
  • Ecosystem sustainability and resource-based economic development
  • Circular and localist economies
  • Social entrepreneurship and the social economy
  • Community organizing and engagement for systemic change
  • Economic resilience and recovery from disruption
  • Tools and strategies for daily CED practice in the field
  • Personal and professional development as a CED leader

Usually a rotating selection of 13 courses are offered each year, including "The Project" course.  being mandatory for program completion. A full list of course descriptions can be found here, including what courses are offered for the 2022 program. 

The Project

Each student in the CED Certificate program is asked to develop a final project that integrates all of the experiences and curriculum in the program, and
provides students with a “safe to fail, safe to succeed” space to try out what they have learned. The project includes three components:

1) Completion of a CED Project Canvas, which is a tool for mapping out a project at a high level.

2) Completion of a CED Project Brief, which helps describe a project’s elements and rationale
across a variety of categories.

3) Completion of a 10-minute in-class (online) presentation on the project.

While working on "The Project", you will have individual meetings with your mentor through the process. 


Tuition & Fees

  • Program tuition is $4,995. 
  • $75 non-refundable application fees

For additional questions, please review our FAQs page or contact for more information.

Program Adjustments

Covid-19 has dramatically changed the way higher education is being delivered across Canada and, although this time has been challenging for everyone, it is also more important than ever that we focus on learning and capacity building. The economy that emerges out of the pandemic will need to pivot to incorporate more social, environmental, and culturally-inclusive values. This is a very important moment for us as a society, and SFU CED will contribute as best we can by continuing to train and support our economic leaders across Western Canada.

So for the time being we will be altering the way we deliver the program. All the curriculum and primary instructors will remain the same, but the following changes will be made to ensure that students can learn and complete the certificate program:

  1. All classes will be held online. Usually we have two one-week intensives in Vancouver. However, during this time, we will be moving all courses on line. This is a very difficult decision to make since we believe in the face-to-face cohort model, we also believe that this will allow students to join the program who have previously found travel to be a barrier.
  2. Most courses will consist of video learning, at your own pace. In an effort to make courses more flexible for students who are balancing work and home life, we will be transitioning many of our online courses to recorded modules that students can review at their own pace. We will still be connecting students to each other and instructors through mandatory, real-time class sessions, but these will be fewer in number across the certificate term. Set assignment deadlines will help keep you on pace. 
  3. CED projects will still be the primary practice method of the program, but with some tweaks. Generally students work on a community-based project over the program year and present it at the final intensive to receive their certificate. However, during the pandemic we have found that it is very difficult to do community engagement when you can’t meet with people in your community! Students will still be required to do CED projects to complete the program, but we will accept a broader array of project types, including those that may be research-based rather than community-based. 

Thank you to all the students, alumni, and instructors who continue to support and believe in our program! We are looking forward to welcoming a new cohort this spring.