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Community Economic Development Certificate


Credential: Certificate
Available: Continuing Education Classroom or Online

Program Description

The Community Economic Development certificate is designed for individuals currently working in or wanting to enter the growing field of community economic development including small business development and municipal or government relations. These practical business courses cover key topics such as partnerships between business and government, project management, writing business plans and project proposals, and communication skills. Students can develop the holistic skill set needed for local economic development in rural and urban communities. You have up to five years to complete this program.

This program is available entirely online through Distance Education, with some courses also available through part-time studies. Students can transfer these courses to the full-time or part-time Business Administration diploma (Management major).

New for part-time students: You are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop to all evening and weekend on-campus classes. This will enable you to better apply your learning and practice your skills through classroom activities and examples, and make effective use of time allocated to working on group or individual assessments. Visit the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) page for standard laptop requirements, and contact business.advising@sait.ca if you have any questions.

Program Overview

Your Career

Graduates of this program will gain the skills and knowledge needed to start or advance their career in positions such as economic development officer, liaison officer, community development officer, planning officer, and program officer in a variety of organizations such as municipal governments, economic development agencies, small businesses, and nonprofits.

Student Success

The ability to work and learn independently is critical in Distance Education. Other factors relating to student success include:

  • Time management skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Computer skills

Students who are engaged and take advantage of various services usually experience more success in SAIT programs.

Credentials and Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn a SAIT Community Economic Development certificate.

This certificate ladders into the SAIT Business Administration diploma, provided students meet the admission requirements for the diploma. Students continuing their education have the option to take the diploma through full-time, part-time or online studies.

Admission Requirements

To get started, simply submit an application through ApplyAlberta. All applicants, including students educated in Canada, must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission. There are no additional entrance requirements for this program.

Course Selection

Ten courses are required to complete this program.

Introductory Financial Accounting I ACCT-215 Classroom or Online
Communication and Presentation Skills COMN-220 Classroom, Online, Blended
Macroeconomics ECON-305 Classroom or Online
Economic Development Fundamentals ECON-355 Online
Entrepreneurship ENTR-350 Classroom or Online
Business Leadership LDSH-360 Classroom or Online
Marketing Essentials MKTG-260 Classroom or Online
Organizational Behaviour MNGT-250 Classroom or Online
Project Management MNGT-321 Classroom or Online
Municipal Structure and Governance MNGT-367 Online


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