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Faculty-Led Courses

OnlineLearning-Social_OnlineClass-img.pngNeighborWorks faculty-led courses are similar to the distance learning offered by many top-notch universities. This interactive learning experience offers the opportunity to collaborate with an expert instructor and peers online. Courses are packed with resources and best practices that will immediately impact your work. Incorporating collaborative technology such as online discussion forums, chats and live web conferencing, our faculty-led courses deliver a comprehensive professional development experience, while allowing learners to save valuable time and travel dollars and build skills when it’s convenient.

The benefits of faculty-led courses include:

  • The ability to communicate with and learn from both faculty and fellow learners.
  • Content delivered in weekly lessons, with deadlines that allow you to learn according to your schedule.
  • Feedback and instruction specific to the context of your community development challenges.
  • Access to course materials, resources and reference tools online following the completion of the course.
  • Saving time and travel money while benefiting from a NeighborWorks learning experience.
All you’ll need is a computer and internet connection to take advantage of this reasonably priced and highly effective professional development opportunity!
 

Upcoming faculty-led courses:

AH226vc Creative Project Financing Strategies for Affordable Housing

Assembling financing is one of the most exciting, creative and challenging aspects of real estate development; most development projects require assembling funds from numerous sources. This intermediate-level course provides participants with the knowledge to strategically combine private loans, public capital funds, various kinds of equity investments, and ongoing subsidies for strong, sustainable projects. Participants will also learn how to evaluate whether resources are appropriate for a specific project. You'll learn the financing issues facing major kinds of projects in today’s financial markets: rental housing, homeownership, cooperatives, and nonresidential properties such as community facilities, offices, or retail. The impact of current market dynamics – investors’ loss of confidence, and increasingly strict bank financing requirements – will also be addressed.
 
This faculty-led course includes self-paced online assignments, the use of peer discussion forums and live web conferencing. The course is presented in three weekly lessons. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course related reading and assignments. 

 

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Tuition: $475
Course counts toward a professional certificate: Yes

Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course. 

AM210vc Building a Property Deal Book as a Component of Your Asset Management Plan 

This four week online virtual class will assist participants in developing a basic property deal book for one of their own properties. Participants can select one of their own properties or use a prototype property provided in the course. Over the course of four live online sessions held each week, participants will sequentially build the foundation of their deal book. The course will inform participants as follows:
 
  • Review various deal book formats provided for collecting and tracking deal book data, and select the format that best suits their property needs.
  • Basic deal book setup and the types of data that is most useful in a deal book.
  • Anticipated property documents required will be a property audit, regulatory and/or loan agreement, limited partnership agreement and other property docs as applicable, such as ground leases. 
  • Participants will apply what they are learning through “homework” assignments as part of building the foundation of their deal book in between weekly sessions.
 
While the session is designed for participants to use one of their own properties, a full set of property documents will available in the class resources for the subject property that will be used by the faculty instructor as the presentation example. 
 
Tuition: $475
Course counts toward a professional certificate: No  

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*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.
 

CB277vc Building Leaders, Building Communities for All: An Intergenerational Leadership Curriculum Resource (formerly CB275vc)

If you have or are thinking about developing a program to train volunteer resident leaders, this is the course for you! Come explore the new and improved version of our very successful Building Leaders: Building Communities! In this class you’ll develop your capacity to develop an appropriate training curriculum for your community and goals, to organize and manage the training program, to select and train instructors, and to make the most out of the new version of Building Leaders and Building Communities.

The new Building Leaders, Building Communities for All includes modules on developing training from scratch, to address the needs and expectations of multi-generational audiences in any training you do, and new features to enhance your capacity to continue developing your community’s leaders.

This faculty-led course includes self-paced online assignments, the use of peer discussion forums and live web conferencing. The Virtual Classroom course takes place over 4 weeks. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course related reading and assignments.
 
Tuition: $475
Course counts toward a professional certificate: No

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*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.

HO105vc Compliance with State and Federal Regulations 

Knowing the major lending and housing regulations is a key piece of the puzzle for homeownership professionals. In this course participants learn how to avoid common lending pitfalls, especially those related to RESPA and the Truth in Lending and Fair Housing Acts. Violations of these federal laws and how to develop controls to ensure compliance are discussed, as is how state regulations affect community lending. Participants also examine the influence of nonfederal requirements on local lending activity, including state regulations and licensing requirements, and learn about successful efforts to reduce restrictive regulations by states.
 
This faculty-led course includes self-paced online assignments and the use of peer discussion forums. The course is presented in three weekly lessons. A live online session is held weekly with the faculty and participants. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course related reading and assignments.
 
Tuition: $475
Course counts toward a professional certificate: Yes

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*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.

HO212vc Measuring the Impact of Financial Capability Programs

Are you looking for a way to better understand and track the impact of your financial capability programs on clients? Do you want to know how to use evaluation to tell the story of the changes your programs are making in people’s lives? Attend this four week virtual course to learn how a targeted and effective evaluation strategy is critical to understanding and demonstrating the positive impact of your financial capability program.

This intermediate level course will provide you with the knowledge and tools to develop a tailored evaluation framework that measures and communicates changes in consumers’ financial attitudes and behaviors. Through live web conferencing and lively peer discussions you will learn how to select and utilize financial capability data collection tools, develop an evaluation plan and implement a data collection strategy. You will also learn how to manage client-centered data and communicate the impact of your financial capability program to internal and external audiences.
 
This faculty-led course includes self-paced online assignments, the use of peer discussion forums and live web conferencing. The course is presented in four weekly lessons. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course related reading and assignments.
 
Tuition: $475
Course counts toward a professional certificate: No 

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*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.

HO307vc Advanced Foreclosure: Case Study Practicum 

Recommended for counselors with at least one year of foreclosure intervention counseling experience who have already completed HO345rq.
 
Foreclosure counselors must master certain core content in order to become effective and efficient counselors. This course is designed to address and practice four content areas. These four content areas will include Core Elements, Analysis and Assessment, Solution Focused Counseling Skills and Submission and Closure of the Loss Mitigation Package. 
 
This faculty-led course includes self-paced online assignments and the use of peer discussion forums. The course is presented in four weekly lessons. A live online session is held weekly with the faculty and participants. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course related reading and assignments.
 
This course is designed for counselors who have a solid understanding of foreclosure concepts, terminology, loss mitigation options, financial calculations used in foreclosure intervention analysis and counseling practices.
 

Tuition: $475
Course counts toward a professional certificate: Yes

 

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*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.

HO365vc Advanced Topics in HECM Counseling

This faculty-led online course is designed to address advanced content areas for HECM counselors. Experienced HECM counselors, gain a deeper understanding of recent program changes, and fulfill your continuing education requirement.  This course has been updated to include information about financial assessment, life expectancy set-asides, and non-borrowing spouse issues, as well as changes in the HECM marketplace, HECM servicing, and HECM for Purchase topics.
 
This faculty-led course includes self-paced online assignments, the use of peer discussion forums and live web conferencing. The course is presented in three weekly lessons. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course-related reading and assignments. 
 
Tuition: $475
Course counts toward a professional certificate: No 

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*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.

ML120vc Strategic Thinking and Planning

Take this course to learn why strategic thinking and effective planning are vital to organizational survival and success. Participants will learn about the skills used in strategic thinking and practice applying these skills through discussions, case studies and other assignments.

This course covers the steps involved in organizational strategic planning and provides tools and examples to take away as resources. Emphasis will be on the integration of strategic thinking and planning practices at all levels of the organization to adapt to rapidly shifting trends and forces in real time.
 
Ideal attendees include executive and senior management staff members, board members, and staff members of nonprofit organizations responsible for facilitating a strategic planning process.

This faculty-led online course  takes place over four weeks and includes discussion forums and assignments. Every Wednesday, there's a one-hour live session with the instructor. 
 
Tuition: $475
Course counts toward a professional certificate: Yes

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*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.

ML173vc Grant Proposal Writing

Financial resources from diverse sources are critical to the growth and development of an organization. Grant funding is typically one of the most common sources of money sought by nonprofits. This course will guide participants through the 4-R proposal development process; highlighting the different roles of a grant writer, strategies for writing each section of a winning proposal, sources for seeking grant opportunities and the various relationships essential to winning grants.

This course is recommended for resource development professionals, executive directors and others persons responsible for securing grant funding, who also possess some experience working with budgets.

Given the basic nature of this course, this course is not recommended for individuals with significant experience writing proposals.
 
This faculty-led course includes self-paced online assignments, the use of peer discussion forums and live web conferencing. The Virtual Classroom course takes place over 4 weeks. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course related reading and assignments.

Tuition: $475
Course counts toward a professional certificate: Yes

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*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.

HO200vc Ready, Set, Prep: Tackling the HUD Counselor Exam Step by Step

Get ready! Elevate your knowledge in the six essential competency areas, including financial management, housing affordability, homeownership, avoiding foreclosure, tenancy and fair housing. Set yourself up for success in meeting HUD's counselor certification requirements by starting your prep with this faculty-led online course. We'll tackle the HUD study-guide step-by-step, and provide tools and relevant activities to help you master and memorize content before taking the HUD Counselor certification exam. (formerly: Building Competency for HUD Housing Counseling Certification).

Tuition: $475

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*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.

HO250vc Homeownership Counseling Certification: Principles, Practices and Techniques, Part I

This course is for pre-purchase homeownership counselors with a minimum of one year one-on-one counseling delivery experience. Through hands-on applications, this intermediate-level course teaches counselors the skills, procedures and subject matter expertise needed to create successful new homeowners.

Learn how to provide one-on-one counseling sessions to address savings, credit and debt barriers to homeownership, and use the latest industry tools, techniques and resources. Additionally, you’ll practice mortgage readiness assessment, prequalification, standardized income calculations, credit report review, action plan development, and other key counseling activities. This course includes requirements for file management, code of conduct, and operations guide-lines for both HUD and the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling.

 

Full certification in pre-purchase homeownership counseling is achieved by completing both this course and the Foreclosure Basics course HO109, HO109el, or HO109vc and passing the exams.
 

Oct. 18 - Nov. 14, 2022

Live session dates: Tuesdays   Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8
Each live session takes place from 1-2:30 p.m. ET. The last assignment is due Nov. 14.
Course counts toward a professional certificate: Yes

Tuition: $475   REGISTRATION CLOSED

 


*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for the next offering of this course.

HO274vc Rental Housing Counseling Certification: Part 1

This 4-week faculty-led online course is designed to provide housing counselors with a comprehensive understanding of all the aspects of rental housing counseling. Participants will leave knowing how to evaluate a client situation regarding rental housing and how to counsel through current rental, new rental or transitioning to rental situations. The course also creates hands on learning opportunities around the topics of renting obstacles, the leasing process, Fair Housing protections, the essentials of being a successful tenant, how to prevent eviction and tips on being a first time landlord.

The course will present best practices that are being used in the housing counseling industry and unique tools developed especially for rental housing counseling. It will also give the participant an opportunity to learn through a variety of learning methods, including working with a Rental Counseling Process Model and hands on experience with case study examples.

This faculty-led course includes self-paced online assignments and the use of peer discussion forums. The course is presented in four weekly lessons. A live online session is held weekly with the faculty and participants. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course related reading and assignments.

Full certification in rental housing counseling is achieved by completing both this course and the NTI course HO208 Building Skills for Financial Confidence Course, HO208vc or HO208el and passing the exam(s).

 

Please check back for future training dates.

Tuition: $475
Course counts toward a professional certificate: Yes

Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course. 

 

HO208vc Building Skills for Financial Confidence

Are you wondering what skills are necessary for practitioners to effectively work with customers in reaching their financial goals? What behaviors and attitudes can make a person financially confident? What barriers do consumers face in working toward long-term financial security?

Attend this faculty-led online course to gain the most useful and efficient tools to make a real difference in the lives of your clients. You will learn how to facilitate engaging and candid conversations around using appropriate financial products and services, spending, saving, credit, protecting assets and maximizing income. Develop and build your skills in key content areas that will help consumers put themselves in a better position to withstand economic stresses and achieve financial prosperity. Who should attend: financial coaches, financial and housing counselors, program managers, rental housing counselors, and community development.

This course satisfies training requirements to obtain initial NCHEC certification for Rental Housing Counseling and Financial Capability. It provides 12 continuing education hours for all other NCHEC certifications.

 

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Tuition: $475
Course counts toward a professional certificate: Yes

*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.

ML249vc Sorting Through the Chaos: Effectively Managing Projects

If you are ready to ramp up your project management skills, this course is designed for you. This faculty-led four-week intermediate course explores the ten project management processes recognized by the Project Management Institute that ensure successful project initiation, planning, execution, and monitoring. Effective project managers use proven practices to manage the key resources. Regardless of your project's type, scale, or complexity, ML249vc will offer you tools and strategies to increase your project’s success. Integrating hands-on activities, discussions, case studies, and individual exercises, this course utilizes Project Management Institute standards, in developing project management processes within nonprofit, housing, and community projects.

This INTERMEDIATE COURSE is ideal for professionals regularly managing projects as a part of their role and is not a PMP certification course. Participants should complete ML145 prior to enrolling in ML249vc.

This faculty-led course includes self-paced online assignments, the use of peer discussion forums and live web conferencing. The course is presented in four weekly lessons. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course related reading and assignments.

 

Please check back for future training dates.

Tuition: $475
Course counts toward a professional certificate: No

Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course. 

HO345rqvc Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling Certification, Part 1

**PASSING AN ONLINE PRE-TEST IS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR THIS COURSE**

This course is designed for counselors with one or more years of experience providing one-on-one foreclosure intervention and default counseling. This rigorous, in-depth course covers critical elements of the default and foreclosure process as well as loss mitigation options for prime and subprime loans. Participants will engage in exercises and utilize case studies which will sharpen their negotiating skills with servicers and improve their counseling methods with clients.

There are two training requirements for certification. This course is part 1 of the certification – within 30 days of completing this course the participants must take an exam and achieve a minimum score of 80%. Part II of the foreclosure counselor certification requires the successful completion of HO307.

This faculty-led course includes self-paced online assignments and the use of peer discussion forums. The course is presented in four weekly lessons. A live online session is held weekly with the faculty and participants. Participants should expect to spend approximately four to six hours per week on course related reading and assignments.
 

Tuition: $475
Course counts toward a professional certificate: Yes


Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.

HO109vc Foreclosure Basics for Homeownership Counselors

This 4-week faculty-led online course is a beginner- to intermediate-level course and is recommended for counselors and others with less than 12 months of foreclosure intervention counseling experience.
Learn the protocols for counseling homeowners in financial crisis. - This course will cover teh following topics:

  • Default and delinquency, including reasons for default
  • Ways to maximize income and reduce expenses
  • Calculating delinquencies
  • Understanding the players in the mortgage marketplace
  • Loss mitigation options for a variety of mortgage products
  • Legal information about foreclosure laws and timelines
  • Tips on effectively communicating with lenders and servicers
  • Understanding homeowner and lender rights and obligations found in loan documents 

This faculty-led course includes self-paced online assignments and the use of peer discussion forums. A live online session with the faculty and other participants is held weekly. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course related reading and assignments.

HO109vc also satisfies Part II of the requirements for the certification in one-on-one homeownership counseling. Part I is satisfied through HO250, Homeownership Counseling Certification: Principles, Practices & Techniques.

 

Tuition: $475

Course counts toward a professional certificate: Yes


*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.

HO209vc Delivering Effective Financial Education for Today's Consumers 

Seeking financial security, today's consumer is searching for real-time information on how to maneuver through the maze of financial products and services, establish or rebuild credit, reduce debt and save for the future. Helping clients reach their potential through a variety of services has never been more essential. This course addresses the fundamental components to successfully delivering a well-designed financial education program, starting with group education and the primary ways consumers behave with their money: visioning; maximizing income; spending; saving; borrowing and protecting.

Participants explore growing industry trends surrounding comprehensive "financial capability" programs, lifestyle changes, counseling, coaching and measuring outcomes. Educators and non-profit leadership will learn some of the most current practices in implementing an effective and sustainable program that best meets the needs of diverse audiences. Innovative strategies using a variety of delivery methods, including social media, will be explored, along with available resources.

This faculty-led course takes place over four weeks and includes up to a 90-minute weekly live web conference session, self-paced online assignments and the use of peer discussion forums. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course related reading and assignments.

Tuition: $475
This course counts toward initial NCHEC certification.

 

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*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.

HO310vc Financial Coaching: Helping Clients Reach Their Goals

In this faculty-led online course, participants will gain an understanding of how to incorporate coaching techniques into their financial capability programs by using practical experience and demonstration activities to learn coaching essentials, including facilitation and listening skills, as well as goal-setting and accountability methods. Financial coaching is an emerging field that supports clients as they work towards goals and strive to maximize their financial potential. Through an ongoing, systematic and collaborative process, financial coaches facilitate changes in clients’ financial habits so that they can reach financial security. Participants will learn how coaching differs from and complements counseling, financial education and other services aimed at building consumers’ financial security.

This faculty-led online course includes self-paced online assignments and the use of peer discussion forums. The course is presented in four weekly lessons. A live online session is held weekly with the faculty and participants. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course related reading and assignments.

Tuition: $475
This course counts toward initial NCHEC certification.

 

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*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.
 

HO110vc Introduction to Housing Counseling

This 4-week faculty-led online course is typically for individuals new to the housing industry or new to housing counseling.

Take this course to learn the principles and applications of housing counseling from both the industry's and the counselor's points-of-view to acquire the basic skills needed to be effective counselors. During this training, you will explore the principles of effective counseling, essential elements of pre- and post-purchase counseling for homeowners, and delinquency and default counseling. You will also be introduced to common client issues and effective intervention strategies. Last but certainly not least, you'll leave this training with practical tools to help renters, prospective homebuyers and existing homeowners develop and manage basic household budgets, enhance their savings practices and loan payment, improve credit scores, and recognize and avoid predatory lenders.

This faculty-led course includes self-paced online assignments and the use of peer discussion forums. The course is presented in four weekly lessons. A live online session is held weekly with the faculty and participants. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course related reading and assignments.

Tuition: $475

This course counts toward initial NCHEC certification.

 

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*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.

HO229vc Homebuyer Education Methods: Training the Trainer

Registrants for this course should be familiar with mortgage industry terminology and processes prior to taking this class. This course certifies you in homebuyer education delivery, and a post-course exam is required for all participants.

This faculty-led online pre-purchase homeownership education course is designed to teach you how to design and deliver impactful homebuyer education in a variety of settings. You will become familiar with core homebuyer education content and how to tailor your educational approach to your target audience. Learn to use the best materials and methods to train homebuyers on how to assess readiness, shop for a home, get a mortgage loan, improve their budget and credit profiles, and maintain their home and finances after purchase. During this training, you will also engage in hands-on activities that will improve your facilitation skills and delivery of interactive training sessions based upon adult education methodology.

This faculty-led course includes self-paced online assignments and the use of peer discussion forums. The course is presented in four weekly lessons. A live online session is held weekly with the faculty and participants. Participants should expect to spend approximately four hours per week on course related reading and assignments.


Tuition: $475
Course counts toward a professional certificate: Yes

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*Please contact Customer Response at 800-438-5547 or nti@nw.org to request notification when registration opens for this course.

"This was a very informative, resourceful, fast-paced course.  Recommended for those who want to obtain a good grasp on grant understanding, structure, and writing, this course is one to take!”
-Maria Lotho, Grants Coordinator, Housing Authority of Cook County 
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