A housing development class is a requirement to earn your Certified Housing Asset Manager® designation.

We offer several pre-approved options.

Upcoming Classes

The Real Estate Development Process: Step by Step
March 29, 2023 | 10:30am – 5:00pm EST with a one hour lunch break

One day instructor-led virtual course with the National Development Council. 

The course objectives:

1. Increase awareness of the many steps associated with the real development process and the various dimensions of each step. 
2. Identify opportunities for asset managers and showcase asset management practices that will impact decisions at each step in the process with the goal of increasing long-term project viability. 
3. Understand there are multiple players involved in each step of the development process, but the risk and responsibility of asset management ultimately falls on the property owner or sponsor. 
4. Learn how asset managers can present information that will help the owners make informed decisions when considering the purchase and improvement of a property and preservation of an asset. 

Early Bird Rate (through 3/6): $375
Regular Rate: $425

The Fundamentals of Affordable Housing Development (AH101)

In person at the NeighborWorks Training Institutes

  • Offered in San Francisco CA on May 1st and 2nd, 2023. For more information and to register click HERE.
  • Tentatively scheduled the week of August 21 in Chicago IL


  • The Fundamentals of Affordable Housing Development (AH101) is a preapproved NeighborWorks class. It is typically offered in person at NeighborWorks Training Institutes. NTIs are scheduled for the week of May 1 in San Francisco and the week of August 21 in Chicago. The cost of this two-day, in-person class in 2022 was $690.
  • Affordable Housing Finance Workshop for Asset Managers (AM225) is a preapproved NeighborWorks class. It may be offered in at a future NeighborWorks Training Institute. Dates and locations for 2023 have not been set and are usually announced several months in advance. The cost of this two-day, in-person class in 2022 was $690.
  • You may propose to take a basic housing development course of your choice. It should be a comprehensive overview of the real estate development process. It should cover project assessment, acquisition, finance, construction, marketing, pre-leasing, leasing and management. The class should also include the roles, risks and rewards of real estate development. Please submit your request to nwcertificates@nw.org before you enroll in an alternative class.
  • CHAM will waive the Housing Development course requirement for people who have had a major role in at least two affordable multifamily development projects within the last five years. We request that the candidate provide a letter from a supervisor or relevant third-party verifying the person’s experience and identifying specific affordable housing development tasks they performed. Typical roles are likely to include:  site identification; market feasibility; assembling the development team; site evaluation (zoning, engineering, comprehensive plan, land use plan, neighborhood politics); creating budget proformas (development and operating); assembling financing; role in design, construction and lease-up phases. Please submit your request to nwcertificates@nw.org.
Asset managers are important members of an organization’s development team and need to insert themselves in the process as early as possible. This class will teach you when and how to bring your critical “real-world” knowledge into the development team’s approach.