Housing Counseling Certification

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 by the final compliance date, August 1, 2021. 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.

Looking to Become a HUD-Approved Agency?

This page is focused on how housing counselors can take and pass the certification exam. If your agency is looking to apply to participate in HUD's program, please visit How to Become a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency.

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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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New: Managing Certification

New: Managing Certification

This page assists housing counseling agencies manage the certification of their counselors after the final compliance date.

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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 (by Agency Name)

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Public Search for HUD Certified Counselors (by Counselor ID)

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Program Regulations, Rules, and Notices