Education and Trainings

Complete Industry-certified Training Through the Center for Impact Finance!

The Center for Impact Finance at the Carsey School of Public Policy offers educational and training events throughout the year. These include:

The Center is frequently adding more programs and courses – including continuing education courses offered through the Carsey School and the University of New Hampshire.

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Solar Lending Professional Training – Virtual Series

The Solar Lending Professional Training - Virtual Series is designed for community-based lending practitioners who want to expand their knowledge of solar financing and increase their organization’s activities in financing solar projects. This two-class training results in a Solar Finance Professional Certificate and offers technical assistance in creating and deploying solar lending projects.

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CU CDFI Practitioner Certificate

Brought to you by Inclusiv and the Center for Impact Finance, this three-week course will take you thru 3 modules focused on creating a pipeline of CDFI practitioners in the credit union industry that will have a deep knowledge in Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) history, current state, certification, financial inclusion and sustainable strategies and models of CDFI growth.

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Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry Class

This three-day course (offered virtually for 2022) is designed for practitioners who are interested in expanding their knowledge of the basics of the opportunity finance industry, which provides financing and financial services to low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities. This is a non-credit, certificate course jointly offered by UNH's Carsey School of Public Policy and Opportunity Finance Network (OFN).

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Community Power Accelerator Learning Lab 

These courses consist of virtual training modules focused on practical information to help community-based organizations develop community solar projects used to serve low-income communities and further social justice. This learning lab was developed by the Center for Impact Finance and Housing Sustainability Advisors.

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Credit Ready Meat and Poultry Lending Initiative  

The Credit Ready series is designed for individuals who work at community-based lending institutions (credit unions, CDFIs, and community banks) and other entities eligible for the Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program or the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program who are interested in increasing their organizations' activity in the meat and poultry processing space. The series will launch with an initial cohort of 8 to 10 entities experienced in the meat and poultry processing space that will serve as a “Learning Lab.”