Compliance Training Program
Community Reinvestment Act School (CRA)
Program OverviewCommunity Reinvestment Act (CRA) School addresses the CRA regulation with emphasis on the small and intermediate small bank (ISB) CRA examination procedures. The course consists of lessons, group exercises, and a case study that takes the students through an ISB CRA examination step by step, including the creation and presentation of a CRA public evaluation. Participants actively take part in group case studies and other classroom activities.
The pre-course learning activities are critical to the completion of the course and must be submitted prior to attendance.
Key ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Define an ISB and describe relevant performance criteria.
- Evaluate assessment area (AA) appropriateness.
- Develop a performance context for a bank.
- Conduct a community contact.
- Conduct ongoing discussions with management.
- Develop the scope of the CRA examination.
- Analyze lending activity under the ISB performance criteria.
- Apply the basic concepts of community development lending, investments, and services.
- Determine and support an ISB’s CRA rating.
- Prepare an ISB CRA performance evaluation.
- Discuss CRA evaluation results with management.
- Recognize large bank examination concepts.
DurationThis is a two week course.
Instructional FormatPre-course work (Independent Self Study), facilitated classroom discussion/lectures, small group activities, and in-class project.
This course is designed for pre-commissioned compliance examiners who generally have a minimum of 12 to 18 months of experience in compliance examinations after entering the compliance discipline. There should be a minimum of four months after attending Fair Lending School.
This course is open to appropriate staff of the FDIC and partner government regulatory agencies. This course is not open to the public or staff of private banks.
Prior to attending, participants must complete the on-the-job training (OJT) Lesson Plans for "Small Bank CRA" and "Conducting Community Contacts." The participant must have written all aspects of a CRA performance evaluation for at least two CRA examinations that include the lending test performance criteria, or a combination that is the equivalent of such. Experience reviewing Community Development activities may be beneficial, but is not required to attend this course.
The Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection (DCP) has authorized 16 hours of time to complete the pre-course requirements.
Special RequirementsParticipants are required to bring a laptop, an HP calculator, and the completed pre-course assignments to the session.
Participants should be scheduled to conduct a CRA examination as soon as possible, but no later than six months after completing this course, to reinforce the skills learned from this session.
A Summary Evaluation Form, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the participant's in-class and project exercises, is sent to the participant's Field Supervisor approximately thirty days after the conclusion of the school.
CreditsContinuing Education Unit (CEU): 7.0
Continuing Professional Education Unit (CPE): 84.0
For information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, please contact Corporate University, Attn: NASBA Representative Ava Livas, Room A-3025, 3501 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22226 (703) 562-2463.
FDIC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.
The FDIC has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) (www.iacet.org), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.