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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.
“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 55,000 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.