Certificate Program

The Michigan Downtown Association Professional Development Certificate Program

Ready to jump-start your career in downtown management or get the recognition gained through achieving a certificate?  If you are, then you should apply to the Michigan Downtown Association’s Professional Development Program.  Applications are due Friday, January 10, 2020 to director@michigandowntowns.com.

MiPDM Overview
MiPDM Program Details

MiPDM Application

The MDA created the program to provide training in the essential knowledge areas for downtown professionals and to elevate the stature and value of Michigan downtown professionals.  The program is rigorous and challenging to ensure that the end result, a certificate of completion, means that the recipient has gained the necessary skills and experience to be considered a well-rounded expert in downtown management.

General Requirements
The MDA’s professional development program and MiPDM certificate is open to selected persons who are involved in a profession related to downtown development.  This includes downtown managers or executive directors and their administrative staff, directors of local chambers of commerce, city managers or assistant city managers, economic development staff and urban planners.
Applicants claiming work experience must have downtown experience, without exception.

Applicants must be a current member, employed by a member organization, or join the MDA.  Not yet employed in the field?  Memberships for individuals or students is affordably priced at $100/$50 annually.
The non-refundable application fee for the program is just $200.  The coursework will be incorporated into the MDA’s workshops and conferences.  Participants will be expected to register for workshops or conferences at normal registration fees.
Application Process
Applications for new participants are accepted annually in January. Applications are due Friday, January 10, 2020 to director@michigandowntowns.com.  The Professional Development Committee will review all applications and approve or deny acceptance, along with any subjects that may be waived.   Acceptance letters will be issued as soon as possible.  Accepted applicants will be required to attend a complimentary orientation to be held on Wednesday, March 11, at the Michigan Municipal League building, 208 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI.  (The orientation will be held  in the afternoon.  A specific time will be posted shortly).  The applicant will be responsible for self-monitoring progress through the program with support from MDA staff.
What is the program?
The program consists of two tiers of training to be conducted during breakout sessions at MDA workshops and conferences.  There are thirteen areas of proficiency to meet.  Applicants with bona fide experience in an area of proficiency may request a waiver at the time of application. 

Upon completion of all subjects, the program requires the completion of a capstone project within 90 days of the curriculum and experience requirement.  

Applicants earning a certificate must complete six hours of continuing education to maintain the certificate. 
For detailed information, please read MiDPM Program Details.

Please contact the MDA at 248-838-9711 for further information.