National Compliance Professional FAQs

How do I become a National Compliance Professional (NCP)?

To become a National Compliance Professional (NCP), you must meet two requirements – an Education and an Experience Requirement, complete a simple 1 page application and pay an annual membership fee.

Meet the Knowledge Requirement in ONE of THREE WAYS:

1) Pass the National Compliance Exam;

2) Pass Spectrum’s C3P test or the Home Builder’s HCCP test; or

3) Earn your Compliance Diploma.

If you hate to take tests, you can also meet the Education Requirement by earning your Compliance Diploma by accruing 22 continuing education units (CEUs) through any of our online courses at the Housing Credit Training Center or via our public or private workshops.

To meet the Experience Requirement you just need to show 6 months or more experience working with the Tax Credit Program.

If you are not able to meet the requirements, you may still join as a Candidate. Becoming an NCP-Candidate makes you eligible for all of the same benefits as a regular NCP, except the pin and certificate, as we want you to have all the tools you need while you are working your way towards becoming a full National Compliance Professional.

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How do I earn the advanced National Compliance Professional-Executive (NCP-E) designation?

If you have passed one of the industry exams listed above AND earned your Compliance Diploma as well as meet the 6 month Experience Requirement, you are eligible to be a National Compliance Professional-Executive or NCP-E. This means you are also eligible for a different certificate and NCP pin (yours has a ruby in it!!)

Do I need to pass a test to become an NCP ?

No. You may become an NCP by earning your Compliance Diploma through Elizabeth Moreland Consulting, Inc. by accruing 22 credits by completing any combination of our Housing Credit Training Center online courses or our public or private workshops. (Not boot camps or the NCP Conference.)

If I already passed the HCCP or C3P test, will I have to take another class and pass another test to become an NCP?

No! We are not going to make you repeat the grueling process if you have already passed the HCCP test or Spectrum’s C3P test.

How much money is this going to cost me?

It’s affordable! Only $199 per year!

When is my membership up for renewal?

All membership run on a calendar year expiring on December 31.

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Will there be a continuing education requirement?

Yes. We want to ensure that all those bearing the NCP pin and credentials have what it takes in the tough world of Tax Credit compliance and since that world is so complex and ever-changing, it is necessary to require continuing education each and every year. If you are an NCP-Candidate or an NCP you must earn 4 hours of continuing education credits. If you are an NCP-Executive, you must earn 6 hours of continuing education. Earn these continuing education credits by…

• Attending any of our public events including our…

 Annual NCP Conference

 P&P Boot Camp or

 Live workshops (public or private); OR

• Completing online courses at the Housing Credit Training Center; OR

• Attending a training held by another vendor including…

a State Monitoring Agency

Spectrum Seminars

∼ TheoPro Compliance & Consulting

∼ the National Affordable Housing Management Association

∼ National Center for Housing Management

Costello Compliance

AJ Johnson Consulting

∼ Quadel Consulting

∼ Novogradac & Co

∼ Nan McKay

∼ Zeffert & Associations

If I am currently an NCP-Candidate or NCP, how do I upgrade my designation to the next level?

All you have to do is complete the NCP Upgrade Form indicating how your status has changed and submit it to our office. For example, if you were previously an NCP-Candidate because you hadn’t met the Experience Requirement and now you have, just complete the form with the pertinent information. We will then upgrade your status from NCP-Candidate to NCP and send you out the remaining part of your NCP Membership Kit – specifically your pin and NCP designation certificate. The same goes if you are currently an NCP but now meet the requirements for becoming an NCP-Executive. There is NO CHARGE for upgrading if your membership is current.

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What makes the NCP designation different from the other Housing Credit designations out there?

Our motives are quite simple. We want to give you a REAL designation. Something with more than just a pin to wear, a set of initials to place behind your name and a listing on a web site that is infrequently visited. Let’s be honest, that stuff is nice, but you want something more tangible. We provide that to you.

• Regular industry updates

• Outlines of new rules with implementation guidance

• Networking opportunities with other professionals that do what you do

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If you have any other questions, call

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