HUD Certified Housing Counselor Application Process

Validate Employment for Affiliate Agencies

An FHAC application coordinator for an Intermediary or State Housing Finance Agency (SHFA) can verify counselor employment for an affiliate agency in their network if they apply to be an application coordinator. The Intermediary FHAC application coordinator must enter the affiliate agency’s ID in the Agency HCS ID field on the HUD certified housing counselor database screen to retrieve information on the counselors that have applied for certification at the affiliate agency.

  1. Log in to the FHA Connection.
  2. Navigate to the HUD Certified Housing Counselor Database by following these steps:
    • Select Single Family FHA
    • Select Single Family Origination
    • Select Counseling Functions
    • Select HUD Certified Housing Counselor Database

When the Intermediary application coordinator accesses the HUD Certified Housing Counselor Database search screen, the Agency HCS ID is prefilled with the Intermediary’s HCS ID:

When the Intermediary application coordinator accesses the HUD Certified Housing Counselor Database search screen, the Agency HCS ID is prefilled with the Intermediary’s HCS ID

The Intermediary application coordinator can change the Agency HCS ID to the HCS ID of the affiliate, select Counselor Type = Certified, and select Validated by Agency = No to search for Certified Counselor applicants for the affiliate agency.

Change the Agency HCS ID to to the HCS ID of the affiliate, and select Counselor Type = Certified and Validated by Agency = No to search for Certified Counselor applicants for the affiliate agency.

Once the intermediary hits “send,” a list of any counselors that have applied for certification for the affiliate agency will appear as a result:

See the list of any counselors that have applied for certification for the affiliate agency

From here, the Intermediary application coordinator can click on the counselor’s name and validate the employment of each name that appears tied to this affiliate agency.

Click on the counselor's name and validate the employment of each name that appears tied to the affiliate agency