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The gold standard in economic and housing development finance training, NDC’s certification programs impart the skills needed to get deals done with real-world examples and instructors who do what they teach.

NDC Training


NDC Training

“This was the single training that launched my career. Even with a background in accounting and finance, NDC training filled in the blanks, discussing funding sources, deal strategies and how to handle the political aspects of negotiations. Even though I took the courses in the ‘80s, the training manuals have proven a valuable resource. I require all my staff to get the certification and each one has echoed my sentiments.”

— Tracey Nichols, Director of Economic Development, City of Cleveland

NDC helps communities build development finance capacity at the local level through training leading to professional certification.  NDC created the first training program solely for economic, housing and community development practitioners four decades ago.  Since then, we have trained more than 70,000 individuals in the art and science of economic and housing development finance.

NDC's courses are intense and rigorous, with as many classroom hours as an average college course, plus homework, and in certification courses, a final examination administered on the last day of each class.  You may attend the courses at your own pace but may not enroll in any course until you have met all prerequisites.  Training participants work through case studies based on actual projects.  Real world problems and obstacles arise and are resolved.

Course instructors, including former bankers, developers, entrepreneurs, community and economic development officials and government agency leaders, are members of NDC’s team of development finance specialists who impart real-world knowledge in the classroom. As deal-doers themselves working in communities across the country in support of NDC’s mission, our instructors bring a wealth of experience and a timely perspective to every NDC training course. 



Certification Programs

Certification Programs

Participants in NDC training, including staff members of local and state development agencies and non-profit development organizations, consider our certification programs to be the gold standard for professional training. We offer two certification programs:

— Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP)
— Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP)

Professional Development Courses

Professional Development Courses

NDC's Professional Development Courses provide timely instruction on specific financing tools and development strategies. These courses complement our certification programs and are powerful standalone training opportunities. Courses include: ED405-Revolving Loan Funds and CDBG Compliance, ED415-Financing Your Renewable Energy Project, ED512-Mixed-Use Real Estate Finance, ED515-New Markets Tax Credits, ED525-Tax Increment Financing, HD112-Asset Management for Affordable Housing , HD200-Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Making CDBG Work for your Economic Development Efforts, Economic and Community Development Finance and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits

NDC Academy

NDC Academy

The NDC Academy provides a special training opportunity for practitioners who want to learn about new financing tools and get a fresh take on old ones. The courses are taught with the same skills and real-world expertise that has made NDC training premier in the field.
Past NDC Academy: 2009 NDC Academy, 2011 NDC Academy


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