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The Novogradac Community Development Certificate (NCDC) is an education program hosted by Novogradac that focuses on providing participants with foundational knowledge of community development tax incentives including the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) and new markets tax credit (NMTC) with an additional course in one of the following community development areas: the historic rehabilitation tax credit (HTC); renewable energy tax credits (RETCs); and the opportunity zones (OZ) incentive.

Obtaining the NCDC

The certificate is awarded for completing the curriculum of online Novogradac training listed below. 


  • LIHTC 101: The Basics Recording
  • NMTC 101: The Basics Recording
  • And ONE of the following:
    • HTC 101: The Basics Recording
    • Renewable Energy Tax Credit Project Finance Primer Workshop Recording
    • Opportunity Zones 101: The Basics Recording 

Open Access Fellowship

Novogradac is pleased to provide training hours required to achieve the NCDC free of charge to participants in the Open Access Fellowship, a program dedicated to increasing diverse representation in community development finance, with a focus on Black and Latinx communities. Learn more about and apply for the Open Access Fellowship at Project REAP.

Building Opportunities Program

Novogradac is also pleased to provide the NCDC training content(also free of charge)to participants of Novogradac's own Building Opportunities Program, which has been created to introduce accounting and real estate finance students to career opportunities in community development.

Urban League of Middle Tennessee R.E.D. Academy Fellowship
Novogradac is pleased to provide NCDC training content free of charge to fellows in the R.E.D. Academy Fellowship, a program dedicated to providing equitable and diverse opportunities for developers of color within the Nashville community.  Learn more about the R.E.D. Academy Fellowship here.

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