Quarter 4 2020, Volume 8 Issue 4

Housing Counselor Certification: Progress Toward the Final Compliance Date

This summer HUD published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register announcing an extension to the deadline for housing counselors to become HUD certified. The new final compliance date is August 1, 2021. The amendment ensures that vital housing counseling services remain available to the nation’s households, particularly those who need housing and mortgage assistance to recover financially from the effects of the COVID-19 national emergency.

Here is the progress agencies have made as of October 1, 2020:

  • 67% of agencies have at least one HUD certified housing counselor
  • 3,406 housing counselors are HUD certified out of an estimated 4,100 housing counselors employed by approximately 1,714 HUD participating agencies

Counselors should not delay their efforts to become HUD certified as testing slots may fill up closer to the August 1, 2021 date and counselors who may not pass the exam on their first try will need time to study and re-schedule the exam. To view monthly updates on certification progress, visit the HUD Certified Counselor Progress: Meeting Our Goal page on HUD Exchange.

U.S. map showing percentage of agencies with HUD Certified Counselors by State

State by State Data on HUD Participating Agencies with Certified Housing Counselors

To see the progress agencies are making toward certification, view the map of agencies with HUD certified counselors on the HUD Exchange. If the percentage of agencies with certified counselors in your state appears low, work with your agency or across your Intermediary network to ensure that counselors have passed the HUD housing counselor certification exam and transferred their results as required to HUD’s FHA Connection system.