HECM Counseling Resources

This page provides information for prospective and active Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Program (HECM) counselors.

Changes to Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Program (HECM) Counseling Protocol Compliance

The HECM Stabilization Act authorized HUD to issue new policy and guidance for the HECM program. This communication reviews and emphasizes the protocol requirements for thoroughness of counseling sessions. It also addresses the protocol for emergency counseling. Counselors cannot use the anticipated program changes as justification for conducting emergency counseling. In addition, it also serves as a reminder to lenders on the restrictions for contacting counseling agencies on behalf of prospective borrowers. Learn more about the HECM Stabilization Act.

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HECM Counselor Eligibility Requirements

Only HECM counselors who meet the eligibility criteria listed below may apply. An eligible HECM Counselor must:

  1. Have passed the National HECM Counseling Exam. Register for the National HECM Counseling Exam. HECM Housing Counselors will also be required to successfully pass the HUD Certification Exam upon publication of the Final Rule.
     
  2. Have successfully completed at least one training course related to HECM counseling within the past two years
     
  3. NOT be listed on the General Services Administration's Excluded Parties List System (EPLS), HUD's Limited Denial of Participation List (LDP), or HUD's Credit Alert Interactive Voice Response System (CAIVRS)
     
  4. Be employed by a HUD-approved housing counseling agency

If you are a new applicant, you must apply online by uploading the application and proof of your successful completion of the HECM training course(s) listed on your application in PDF format.

Roster Application Overview

Please read these instructions in their entirety before taking any action.

  1. Read the eligibility requirements.
     
  2. Applications must be submitted online.
     
  3. You must be able to fill-in and print the application from FHA Connection (FHAC), sign it, scan it and save it in PDF format. You must use a scanner that creates PDF files. Please be sure that you save all pages of the scanned and signed form into one file before uploading it. PDF is the only acceptable file format.
     
  4. In addition to the application, you must submit proof to HUD that you successfully completed each education course listed on your application. Each certificate must be scanned to your computer and saved individually in separate PDF files.
     
  5. You must include a valid email address in your application.
     
  6. Now you may begin your application in FHA Connection.
     
  7. Select HECM from the "Counselor Type" dropdown menu.
    Counselor Type Dropdown Menu Screenshot
     
  8. Enter your information.
     
  9. Print the application.
     
  10. Sign the printed application.
     
  11. Scan all pages into one Portable Document Format (PDF) file.
     
  12. Scan each HECM training certificate into separate PDF files.
     
  13. Browse, select and attach certificate PDF files and application PDF file.
     
  14. Click SEND.

NOTE: Faxed and/or mailed application will NOT be accepted.

How Applications are Processed

If your application clears all initial system edits:

  1. Success message will appear at the top of the Results page. The Accepted On field displays the date the application was accepted. You are not on the roster yet.

    Note: A counselor will not be officially placed on the Roster until:

    1. You inform the Application Coordinator at your agency that you have successfully submitted your application.
       
    2. The Application Coordinator successfully validates in the system.
       
    3. The application and credentials pass a full review by HUD staff.
       
  2. After the Application Coordinator has validated your employment, you may enter FHA Connection to establish a User ID.
     
  3. You will receive an email when HUD completes its review of your application.
     
  4. If after 7 days you have not received an email from HUD regarding your application, send an email to housing.counseling@hud.gov with "Held Application for HECM Roster" in the subject line to inquire about the status of your application.

If your application does not clear all initial system edits:

  1. Warning message appears at the top of the Results page and the Application held for HUD review on field displays the date it was held.
     
  2. You will receive an email when HUD completes its review of your application.
     
  3. If after 7 days you have not received an email from HUD regarding your application, send an email to housing.counseling@hud.gov with "Held Application for HECM Roster" in the subject line to inquire about the status of your application.

Roster Application Coordinator Responsibilities

The purpose of the Application Coordinator is to certify the counselor's employment at the agency and to manage the data regarding the counselor's employment status in the future.

HUD-approved housing counseling agencies must designate at least one employee to act as Application Coordinator. This individual must be in a supervisory or management role at the agency. An agency can have a maximum of four Application Coordinators and at least two is recommended. The coordinator cannot be the same person in eLOCCS.

You must register in FHA Connection (FHAC) as the Application Coordinator for your agency. Upon completion of your registration, you will get an email stating that a letter with your User ID will be mailed to the Executive Director of your agency and should be received in 7-10 days.

The Registering to Use the FHA Connection page provides a link to the HECM Housing Counselor Registration form.

Certifying HECM Counselors' Employment

  1. Go to FHA Connection.
     
  2. Click:
    • Single Family FHA
    • Single Family Origination
    • HECM Counseling Functions
    • HECM Counselor Roster.
    Now you should see fields for name, state, roster status, and Validated by Agency.
     
  3. Enter the counselor's last name and select NO under Validated by agency, then click the Send button. You don't need to change any of the other fields. You should now see the counselor's name or a list if there is more than one with that last name.
     
  4. Click the counselor's name to see their record.
     
  5. Down at the bottom is where you check a box to validate their employment. Click Send. That counselor's name will now appear on the HECM roster available to the public.

Other Application Coordinator Functions

  1. Maintaining the employment records of counselors employed by the agency
     
  2. Maintaining the FHA Connection user IDs of counselors and other Application Coordinators employed by the agency
     
  3. Viewing Certificates of HECM Counseling, form HUD-92902 produced by counselors employed by the agency.

FHAC User ID

All HECM Roster Counselors must establish an FHA Connection (FHAC) User ID.

If applying only as a counselor, complete the Roster application first and then apply for a User ID after notifying your agency's coordinator.

If applying only as a coordinator, just apply for FHAC User ID.

If applying to be both a coordinator and counselor, you must complete the Roster application first and be accepted by HUD.

After submitting your application, you can request an FHAC User ID:

  1. Go to the FHA Connection: https://entp.hud.gov/clas/.
     
  2. In the Getting Started section, click Registering a New User.
     
  3. Under Type of User find FHA HECM Housing Counselors and Counseling Agency Application Coordinators, click on FHA HECM Housing Counseling.
     
  4. Fill out the HECM Housing Counselor Registration page.
     
  5. If you are registering (1) only as counselor or(2) as a coordinator and counselor, click "Are you registering as a member of the FHA HECM Counslor Roster."
     
  6. If you are registering (3) only as agency coordinator, click "Are you registering as an FHA Connection Application Coordinator for the HECM housing counseling agency that employs you?" and enter HCS ID fo that agency.
     
  7. Click SEND.
     
  8. Remember your password, you will need it to sign in on the FHA Connection.

If your email address in your record is correct, you will receive an email within 48 hours informing you that a new ID was issued. You will also receive a letter in the mail within 7 - 10 business days, which will include the user ID and password.

Keep you login information in a safe place because you will need your User ID and Password each time you access the FHAC to update your own roster information as well as to recertify in the future and to enter proof of your continuing education. You will need your ID and password to access the FHAC to produce HECM certificates for your clients and to input basic session information FHA requires that your password be changed every 21 days.

Update, Maintain, and Delete Counselor Information

Update and Maintain Information

Active status counselors on the HECM Counselor Roster maintain their own information on the FHA Connection, including the addition of a completed HECM training course.

  1. Log on to the FHA Connection and select the HECM Counselor Roster option on the HECM Counseling Functions menu. The HECM Counselor Roster Update/Renewal page is displayed with the counselor's information.

  2. Update and add information on the HECM Counselor Update/Renewal page. Information is required in every field except Middle Initial, Suffix, Business Name, and Fax Number. Information must be reentered in the following two fields each time the HECM Counselor Update/Renewal page is processed: Confirm E-mail, to confirm the counselor's e-mail address and I agree and certify to these terms, to agree to the terms of the HECM Counselor Certification.

  3. Up to three HECM training courses, completed within the past two years, can be entered in the Training Information section of the HECM Counselor Update/Renewal page (Training #1, Training #2, and Training #3). Information on the newly completed course is entered in the Training #2 or #3 box. If there are already entries for Training #1, #2, and #3, Adding new training is selected from the drop-down list in the Reason for change field in the Training #1 box. Then, the information in the Training #1 box is replaced. The original information in the Training #1 box is retained and can be viewed through a View training history link that is displayed the next time HECM Counselor Roster Update/Renewal is accessed.

  4. The training certificate for the completed HECM course being added must be scanned into a PDF file and subsequently uploaded.

  5. To update information on a completed HECM training course, the counselor selects Updating existing training from the drop-down list in the Reason for change field for Training #1, Training #2, and/or Training #3. Then, the necessary changes are made.

  6. When the HECM Counselor Roster Update/Renewal page is completed, the same system edits when applying for the roster are done. The counselor is automatically checked for a record in CAIVRS, LDP, and EPLS.

    • If a record is found in CAIVRS, the counselor is automatically terminated.

    • If a possible record is found in LDP or EPLS, the update/renewal is held for HUD review.

Note: If the counselor is also an Application Coordinator, the HECM Counselor Roster Coordinator Maintenance page is displayed rather than HECM Counselor Roster Update/Renewal page. The HECM Counselor Roster Coordinator Maintenance page allows data entry for the Application Coordinator's own record.

Delete Counselor from Roster

The Application Coordinator signs into FHAC to delete a counselor from the roster.

  1. Click on Single Family FHA button.
     
  2. Click on Single Family Origination on screen titled "Single Family Business Areas."
     
  3. Click on HECM Counselor Functions on screen titled "Single Family Origination."
     
  4. Hit HECM Counselor Roster link on screen titled "HECM Counselor Functions."
     
  5. Enter person's name on HECM Counselor Roster screen, hit send.
     
  6. Click on person's name on HECM Counselor List screen.
     
  7. Counselor's profile comes up on HECM Counselor Roster Maintenance screen.
     
  8. The next page is HECM Counselor Roster Coordinator Maintenance. Scroll down to the bottom to the block titled "HECM Counselor Information". Insert counselor's termination date in the blocks titled "End Date".
     
  9. Hit send and the person will be off the roster.

Issue HECM Certificate

To issue a HECM Certificate in FHA Connection:

  1. Click Single Family FHA.
     
  2. Click Single Family Origination.
     
  3. Click HECM Counseling Functions.
     
  4. Click HECM Counseling Certificate.
     
  5. Enter name of client and click Send. The system is set up to check to see if there is an existing certificate for the client issued by your agency. If there is already a certificate, then the certificate data entry page will pop up.
     
  6. If no certificate has been issued yet for that client, an error message pops up. Below the error message are the same search fields. Look below that and scroll down to where it says "Click to Establish Certificate". Click on "Establish Certificate."
     
  7. Fill in the client's information. At the end of the page click Send.
     
  8. The next page will show the client's info that you entered. If everything looks right, then at the bottom of that page, click the button labeled "Generate Certificate." This will create the actual PDF of the certificate that you will print and issue to the client.

HECM Counselor Biannual Continuing Education Requirements

HECM counselors seeking to meet the biannual continuing education unit (CEU) requirement may utilize any of the courses listed below. HECM counselors must contact the course provided directly for availability and registration of the courses listed. Additional courses may be added in future, as they are approved by HUD.

If a housing counseling agency or other entity wishes to provide HECM training to assist counselors in meeting their CEU requirements, the course provider must submit the course to Office of Housing Counseling at Housing.Counseling@hud.gov. The course may be delivered in classroom, online, or a webinar format. The course must cover material directly related to any of the following: HECM Counseling, HECM Origination, or HECM Servicing and Loss Mitigation.

The submission must contain the following:

  • Course outline and curriculum
  • Resume of course instructor
  • Method of course delivery
  • All course material prospective students will be using
  • Methodology for confirming attendance for the entire course
  • Knowledge checks and testing
  • Course completion certificate signed by instructor (electronic signature acceptable).
  • Fees and if scholarships are available (only for those providers that are not HUD   Housing Counseling Program Training Grantees)

HECM Course List

NeighborWorks Current Courses List

Visit the NeighborWorks website.

National Council of LA Raza Current Course List

Visit the NHNLA website.

National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) Current Course List

Visit the NRMLA website.

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HUD Intermediaries Providing HECM Origination Counseling Nationwide

Increasing demand for HUD's Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) product by senior citizens has put pressure on the counseling industry to meet the demand for the required counseling. To make sufficient quality HECM counseling available, HECM counselors from the below agencies are permitted to provide face-to-face and telephone counseling nationally. Please contact them to obtain HECM origination counseling.

Agency Name and Website

Telephone

National Foundation for Credit Counseling

(866) 698-6322

Money Management International

(877) 908-2227

ClearPoint Financial Solutions

(800) 251-2227

Credit.org

(800) 947-3752

HomeFree

(301) 891-8423

Greenpath

(888) 860-4167

NeighborWorks America

(888) 990-4326

Housing Options Provided for the Elderly (HOPE)

(844) 432-6467

Navicore

(866) 855-7736

HUD Intermediaries Providing HECM Default Counseling Nationwide

In some instances, clients have defaulted on their HECM mortgage. Counselors from the below agencies are permitted to provide HECM default counseling. Please contact them to obtain HECM default counseling.

Agency Name and Website

Telephone

Greenpath

(888) 860-4167

Money Management International

(877) 908-2227

National Foundation for Credit Counseling

(866) 698-6322

NeighborWorks America

(888) 990-4326

Housing Options Provided for the Elderly (HOPE)

(844) 432-6467