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Economic Development Finance Professional Certification Program™

"NDC's EDFP Certification Program gave me the foundation to work with a broad range of community development players.  Through the training, I acquired the skills and ability that allow me to quickly analyze and determine feasible projects."

— Richard LoPresti, Director, Department of Economic and Community Development, State of Connecticut

Our training is specially geared to developing knowledge and skills essential to making deals happen.  The Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) Certification Program is a rigorous, four-course training series that explores the skills essential for the successful practice of economic development - business credit and real estate finance analysis techniques, loan packaging procedures, negotiating and problem solving skills and deal structuring techniques.  Participants in the EDFP Certification Program build the capacity to translate development opportunities into results for their communities.  Topics covered in the EDFP Certification Program include the following:


You will learn from the real world examples of NDC course instructors.  In addition to lessons drawn from actual projects, you will learn through hands-on exercises.  You will be presented with projects and will be challenged to complete them successfully.

Certification candidates must complete all four courses and pass the examination administered on the final 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.

NDC training classes are offered in a variety of locations and various times throughout the year. View a complete listing of upcoming courses for the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) Certification Program. We look forward to your participation.


Housing Development Finance Professional Certification Program™

“NDC’s training is especially effective for otherwise skilled finance professionals in getting introduced to the nuances and complexities of community development and affordable housing finance.”

— Kevin A. Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, City First Homes, Inc.

NDC’s Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) Certification Program is a four-course training program that explores the development process, financial analysis techniques and structuring and negotiating skills needed to successfully develop and finance affordable home ownership and rental housing development.  Skills are taught within the context of case studies based on actual affordable housing development deals that members of our professional staff have structured and implemented in conjunction with clients in urban and rural communities across the country.

Topics covered in the HDFP Certification Program are:

Certification candidates must complete all four courses and pass the examination administered on the final 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.

NDC training classes are offered in a variety of locations and various times throughout the year. View a complete listing of upcoming courses for the Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) Certification Program. We look forward to your participation.





Recertification and Continuing Education

 

Recertification/Continuing Education

Beginning in 2014, NDC is instituting a recertification requirement designed to maintain your professional certification and augment your development finance skills.  Participation in a variety of professional, educational and trade events and activities—including training, attending approved meetings and conferences, and contributing to the economic and housing development professions—will make the recertification process both meaningful and easy-to-complete.

As an NDC certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) or Rental Housing Development Finance Professional (RHDFP), you are recognized as a leader in your field.  Keeping your certification and skills up-to-date will enhance your peer recognition and, most important, your ability to serve your community and your organization.

Recertification Process
Beginning April 1, 2014, NDC certified EDFPs, HDFPs and RHDFPs are required to recertify every three years.  Individuals who complete three units of approved activities (generally, one unit is equivalent to one day) will fulfill NDC’s recertification requirements.  In order to maintain your NDC certification in good standing, certified individuals must complete the recertification requirement every three years.  People who were certified on or before April 1, 2014, will have three years from this date to meet the recertification requirements.  Individuals who are awarded certification after December 31, 2013 must complete the requirements within three years of their certification date.

Individuals who were certified before April 1, 2014 and completed eligible recertification activities between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, including the NDC Academy 2013, will be credited for these activities upon completion of a Recertification Application for each activity.

The Recertification and Continuing Education Application must be completed and submitted each time you apply for additional credits.  The application describes approved training and activities, sponsored by NDC and other providers, that qualify for Recertification credit. Complete and submit the application after completing training or other activities.

Additional Information
NDC encourages all certified EDFPs, HDFPs and RHDFPs to complete the recertification/continuing education requirement.  In addition to the benefits already mentioned, they will receive a special tuition discount for NDC courses and webinars that fulfill the requirements.  Individuals who complete recertification will also receive a certificate that recognizes their accomplishment.  NDC will not de-certify individuals who choose not to participate in the program.  However, applicants for new jobs often refer potential employers to us for verification of their certification, which in the future, will include reporting on the status of recertification/continuing education.

For more information, go to NDC Recertification FAQs or contact NDC’s Training Division, 859-578-4850 or recert@nationaldevelopmentcouncil.org.

 


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