When do the provisions of the rule go into effect?
Date Published: June 2017
Effective date of the rule: January 13, 2017.
Date testing began (and that counselors can begin to become certified): August 1, 2017. HUD published a Federal Register Notice on May 31, 2017, announcing that the HUD Certified Housing Counselor Examination became available starting on August 1, 2017.
Final Compliance Date for Certification: August 1, 2020. The Final Compliance Date is 36 Months from August 1, 2017, the date the certification examination became available. Entities and individuals providing housing counseling required under or provided in connection with any HUD programs, including HUD’s Housing Counseling Program, will have 36 months from August 1, 2017 (the date that testing and certification began) to August 1, 2020 (the Final Compliance Date) to become approved or certified by the Office of Housing Counseling.