4 Simple Steps to Become an NCP and Join the NCP
Step #1: Meet the Education Requirement in 1 of 2 ways...
Our National Compliance Exam: If you decide to take our
National Compliance Exam, the cost is $199 and is taken
at the Housing Credit Online Exam Room. You do
not have to take any courses prior to taking the exam if you
think you can pass it without such education. Click the link
above for a list of testable areas and to register. (Click here
for more information on this exam.)
This is an advanced compliance exam. Testable
areas go beyond those that are covered in the HC101 through
HC245 courses. The best course to take to fully prepare you
for this exam, or for that matter the Home Builder's HCCP or
Spectrum's C3P is HC445.
If you take HC445, you will earn 22 credits,
which is also enough to earn your Compliance Diploma -- see #2
The Site Compliance Exam is a different
exam and passing it does not meet this educational requirement
as that exam only focuses on day-to-day compliance and does
not touch on the advanced compliance issue.
Home Builder's HCCP or
Spectrum's C3P tests: We do not administer these tests. The respective
links above will take you to the information pages on those
exams. Please understand, if you have already passed either
the HCCP and/or the C3P tests, you have met the Education
Requirement. We do not make you take our exam specifically if
you passed one of these two.
- Earn your Compliance Diploma by taking enough of
our courses to accrue 22 credits through any
combination of educational courses -- whether online or live
(not conferences or Boot Camps).
NOTE: If you meet BOTH of the educational requirements --
pass one of the advanced compliance tests and
earn your Compliance Diploma -- you are eligible to
become a National Compliance Professional-Executive
(NCP-E) after you meet the experience requirement
Step #2: Meet the Experience
Requirement. The Experience Requirement is met when you have
6 months or more experience working in the Tax Credit field.
Doesn't matter the position just that you have worked with Tax
Step #3: Complete NCP Membership Application.
You must join this group to become an NCP (or possibly
NCP-Executive) by completing a 1 page application and paying an
annual membership fee. There are 3 different membership fee
memberships are $199.
membership levels fees change every year and include special
tools you can pick up along with your NCP membership.
Step #4: Annually Renew Your
Membership & Designation. All designations/memberships
expire on 12/31. NCPs must earn 4 CEUs and NCP-Es must earn 6
CEUs as part of the renewal. Renewal notices are sent out mid to
you just started in the industry... OR
don't plan on taking a test for sometime... OR
haven't completed enough courses to earn 22 course credits
YOU CAN STILL JOIN
and reap the benefits of membership by joining as an