CDFA offers a variety of educational opportunities, including training courses, seminars, workshops, webcasts, and publications. Through the CDFA Training Institute’s vast course offerings and professional development opportunities, participants from both the public and private sectors can learn how to utilize the development finance toolbox. Click on the options below to learn more about how to build your development finance knowledge and expertise.
-CDFA Training Institute
The CDFA Training Institute offers the nation’s most comprehensive education dedicated to the economic development finance industry. Courses are offered in both in-person and online settings using a variety of teaching methods. Development finance professionals are encouraged to further their industry knowledge by completing CDFA's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program.
The CDFA Training Institute offers courses in two broad categories: Tool Specific and Topic Specific. Click on a course name below to learn more about that course’s objectives and agenda.
-Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program
CDFA’s Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program is an intense training course learning experience and is the industry's only comprehensive development finance professional certification program. The DFCP Program is designed to produce graduates with a comprehensive knowledge of development finance concepts, tools and applicability as well as a deep understanding of the entire development finance spectrum. Participants in the DFCP Program are required to complete six courses in the CDFA Training Institute and then pass a comprehensive exam to receive the professional DFCP designation.
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-Seminars & Workshops
CDFA offers webcasts on timely and pressing topics in the development finance industry. Most webcasts are available for free to the general public and feature panel discussions from industry experts. All webcasts are archived in the CDFA Online Resource Database for long term viewing.
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The CDFA Bookstore offers several publications on development finance topics, including bonds, tax increment finance, tax credits, revolving loan funds, and more. These publications form the primary curriculum for courses offered through the CDFA Training Institute. Publications are available for purchase with special discounts available to CDFA members.
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