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Certification Programs and Recertification

Economic Development Finance Professional Certification Program™

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:

• Business credit
• Real estate finance analysis
• Loan packaging procedures
• Negotiating and problem solving skills
• Deal structuring techniques

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.

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Housing Development Finance Professional Certification Program™

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:

• Understanding the housing development process
• Financial analysis techniques
• Deal Structuring – putting together the financing and other components of a project
• Negotiating – the skills needed to bring the components together

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.

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Rental Housing Development Finance Professional Certification Program™

The Rental Housing Development Finance Professional (RHDFP) Certification Program™ is a three-course training series that thoroughly examines the practice of affordable rental housing finance and development. Participants learn the steps of the housing development process, the techniques used to analyze and structure financing for rental housing deals, and the problem solving and negotiating skills needed to make complicated deals feasible. Topics include the rental housing development process, Historic Rehabilitation and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, negotiating, problem-solving, deal structuring and more.

Certification candidates must complete all three courses (HD420, HD423 and HD435) 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.

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RECERTIFICATION

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

*Due to the NDC Academy 2017 being moved to the fall, EDFPs, HDFPs and RHDFPs whose NDC Certification was to be renewed by April 1, 2017 now have until December 31, 2017.

In 2014, NDC instituted a recertification requirement designed to maintain your professional certification and augment your development finance skills. 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. Individuals 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 Application must be completed and submitted each time you apply for additional credits.

Recertification Survey

Recertification Approved Activities and Providers

Recertification FAQ

Recertification Application

Additional Information

NDC encourages all certified EDFPs, HDFPs and RHDFPs to complete the recertification 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.

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