Does having a HUD certified Housing Counselor certification satisfy all of HUD’s housing counselor training requirements?
Date Published: August 2017
No. In addition to the basic knowledge related to the six counseling topics assured by certification, there is still an ongoing requirement that the agency must employ staff trained in housing counseling, and that evidence of staff training must be documented in agency’s records. The agency's housing counseling staff must possess a working knowledge of HUD's housing and single family mortgage insurance programs such as FHA, other state and local housing programs available in the community, the consolidated plans, and the local housing market. The staff should also be familiar with housing programs offered by conventional mortgage lenders and other housing or related programs that may assist their clients.
Existing training opportunities may be used to meet HUD’s ongoing knowledge requirements and may be helpful to gain mastery of specific housing counseling topics or to gain additional credentials. HUD intends to continue to provide, subject to available appropriations, funding for such activities and encourages housing counselors to attend formal training courses.