Housing Counseling Certification

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HUD Publishes Interim Final Rule to Amend Housing Counselor Certification Deadline to Ensure Vital Counseling Services Remain Available During COVID-19 National Emergency

HUD published an Interim Final Rule on the Federal Register website to announce an amendment to the deadline for housing counselors to become HUD certified. The new final compliance date is August 1, 2021. The amendment is meant to ensure that vital housing counseling services remain available to the nation’s homebuyers and renters, particularly those who need housing and mortgage assistance to recover financially from the effects of the COVID-19 national emergency. Read the Interim Final Rule in its entirety on the Federal Register website.

The Housing Counseling Certification Requirements Final Rule implements statutory requirements that housing counseling required under or provided in connection with all HUD programs must be provided by HUD certified housing counselors. The standards will apply to all housing counseling programs required by HUD or provided in connection with any program of HUD.

The pages below provide more information about HUD's Housing Counseling Certification Requirements Final Rule, exam, covered programs, success stories, and best practices.

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Final Rule and Exam

Final Rule and Exam

This page covers everything you need to know about HUD's Housing Counseling Certification Requirements Final Rule and the examination process.

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Apply for Certification

Apply for Certification

This page provides the application instructions through FHA Connection for HUD housing counselor certification.

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HUD Programs Covered

HUD Programs Covered

HUD's Housing Counseling Certification Requirements Final Rule standardizes requirements over all HUD programs. Learn if your HUD program is covered and review your options.

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Tracking Progress

Tracking Progress

To meet HUD's new requirements by the final compliance date, HUD is tracking the progress of HUD certification in every agency.

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Exam Preparation

Exam Preparation

Learn about the HUD Certified Housing Counselor Exam, including what you need to know for online testing.

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Certification Study Groups

Certification Study Groups

View upcoming study groups for the HUD Certified Housing Counselor Exam.

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Certification Success Stories

Certification Success Stories

Read about agencies who have developed best practices, compiled lessons learned, and shared their stories with HUD.

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FAQs

FAQs

The Office of Housing Counseling has published almost 200 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on a wide range of topics related to HUD certification.

Other Certification Websites


HUDHousingCounselors.com Training and Testing Website

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FHA Connection: HUD’s Website to Apply for Certification

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Public Search for Agencies with HUD Certified Counselors

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Public Search for Agencies and Counselors

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