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Since 1994, the State of Indiana has required formal certification of all persons administering Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects in Indiana. The information below outlines the certification process and explains how to become certified.
The CDBG certification process has been established for the following reasons:
• This program involves complex administrative and financial procedures regulated by federal and state policies. Knowledge of the applicable regulations and policies is essential to achieve a high level of efficiency in the oversight of grant awards. The needs of the constituents are more adequately met.
• Certification is like an insurance policy that protects grantees from unnecessary monitoring findings due to inexperienced administrators.
CDBG 101: BASIC COURSE
This course is the first step to becoming a CDBG certified grant administrator. City, town, county elected officials and others interested in learning more about CDBG are also welcome at this course.
Three day training course and half day test typically offered in spring months.
CONDITIONAL CERTIFICATION COURSE
Additional subjects relevant to administration of CDBG grants will be covered. Successful completion of this course certifies an individual to administer CDBG planning grants ONLY.
• Financial Management– 8 Hours
• Civil Rights– 8 Hours
Prerequisite: CDBG 101
ACCREDITED CERTIFICATION COURSE
Successful completion of this coursework certifies an individual to administer all types of CDBG grants.
• Environmental Review– 8 Hours
• URA (Acquisition) – 8 Hours
• Labor Standards– 8 Hours
• Recordkeeping and Modifications– 4 Hours
• Closeout and Monitoring– 4 Hours
Prerequisites: CDBG 101; Conditional Certification Course
CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
The Accredited Grant Administration Course certification is effective for two years. During that time, at least 12 hours of continuing education must be earned in order to maintain accredited status for an additional two years.
MASTER LEVEL GRANT ADMINISTRATOR
After five years of active involvement with CDBG grants though the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, an Accredited Grant Administrator may apply for the Master Level Designation. To be considered for the Master Level Designation, the grant administrator must successfully manage many types complex of CDBG projects. To submit a summary of qualifications or for questions, please contact the Office of Community and Rural Affairs at (800) 824-2476.
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