Date Published: August 2017
HUD issued a separate Federal Register Notice on May 31, 2017, to announce that the start of the testing and certification process would be on August 1, 2017. Entities and individuals providing housing counseling have 36 months to be approved or certified by the Office of Housing Counseling. August 1, 2020, the date that is 36 months after testing has started, is referred to as the “Final Compliance Date.”
Effective date of the rule: 30 days after the Date of Publication.
Date Testing begins (and that counselors can begin to become certified): HUD issued a separate Federal Register Notice on May 31, 2017 and announced the HUD Certified Housing Counselor Examination became available August 1, 2017.
Final Compliance Date for Certification: August 1, 2020, which is 36 Months after the date the certification examination becomes available. Entities and individuals providing housing counseling required under or provided in connection with any HUD program, including HUD’s housing counseling program, have 36 months from August 1, 2017, the date that testing began, to August 1, 2020, the Final Compliance Date, to become approved or certified by the Office of Housing Counseling or partner with a HUD-approved housing counseling agency that has certified counselors.