The Housing Counseling Training Digest is updated weekly to reflect trainings hosted by:
- HUD Office of Housing Counseling (OHC)
- OHC funded training partners
- Other partners that host trainings of interest to housing counselors
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify HUD about upcoming training and events for housing counselors.
Content current as of March 23, 2020
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Non-Housing Counseling Trainings of Interest
May 13, 2020: 2020 Public Housing Repositioning: Wednesday Webinar Series - Developing a Repositioning Strategy
HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) is hosting a 2020 Public Housing Repositioning Wednesday Webinar Series to explain and discuss common issues in the repositioning process. Each webinar will start with a one-hour presentation from HUD program experts; the discussion topics will vary each month. This will be followed by another hour of participant questions and answers.
The Developing a Repositioning Strategy webinar discusses tips and techniques for establishing a repositioning strategy for your Public Housing Agency (PHA), reviews HUD's repositioning resources, and discusses common reasons why a PHA may decide to reposition.
OHC Funded Partner Trainings
NeighborWorks Training Institutes (NTIs) are topic and skill focused classes with 10-30 fellow learners. Each NTI offers a selection of more than 100 courses, a one-day symposium, free after-course workshops on innovative tools and methods, and peer networking opportunities. Inquire with NeighborWorks about scholarship opportunities.
NeighborWorks Training Institutes
August 17-21, 2020: Washington, DC - Save the Date
NeighborWorks Self-guided Courses
Self-guided courses provide a comprehensive overview in a variety of subject matter areas. The courses take approximately 2-4 hours of online time to complete, and registrants have 60 days following registration to manage the time. Participants will walk away with real skills and continuing education credits. All self-guided courses cost $195.
The National Community Reinvestment Coalition and its grassroots member organizations create opportunities for people to build wealth. We work with community leaders, policymakers, and financial institutions to champion fairness in banking, housing, and business. NCRC’s National Training Academy offers state-of-the-art training and technical assistance online via webinars and instructor-led. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive training program that meets the needs of organizations committed to increasing access to credit in communities.
NCRC National Training Academy: Pathway to HUD Certification for Housing Counselors
- Preparing for the HUD Exam Webinar Series - Part I: Housing Counselor Certification Update
- Preparing for the HUD Exam Webinar Series - Part II: HUD Manual Updates
- Preparing for the HUD Exam Webinar Series - Part III: Test Anxiety & Studying Techniques
- HECM Series - Part I: HECM Counseling Protocol
- HECM Series - Part II: Preparing for the HECM Exam
- HECM Series - Part III: HECM Financial Assessment
National Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) and Housing Action Illinois created the National Housing Counseling Training Camp to deliver high-quality, in-person, and online education and training to HUD-approved housing counseling agencies.
The NHN Learning Alliance (NHNLA) is a national training and certification program for housing counselors. NHNLA courses are developed in collaboration with NCLR Homeownership Network (NHN) housing counseling agencies located in major cities and rural communities throughout the U.S.
For registration questions, contact the Training Department:
Phone: (916) 447-9832 x 1429
For content questions, contact Debie Baranchulk:
Phone: (916) 447-9832 x 1019
Scholarships for on-site classes are available to those employed by a HUD-approved counseling agency.
Other Training Partner Trainings
Membership is free and all CreditSmart® webinars are free. Cost to attend other webinars is $50 each. Membership is required to register for webinars. Most webinars have a short online test afterwards to get continued education hours' credit and Certificates of Completion. To see all posted webinars, please go to the DRN master webinar calendar. At this time, scholarships are not available.
HUD Competency Study Group Series
DRN MembersHUB: This is a 5-part online study group covering each HUD competency in five classes. Cost: $25 per webinar (half off the regular webinar price). Scholarships are not available.
- April 6, 2020: Financial Management
- April 7, 2020: Housing Affordability and Homeownership
- April 8, 2020: Fair Housing
- April 9, 2020: Tenancy
- April 10, 2020: Avoiding Foreclosure
- May 11, 2020: Financial Management
- May 12, 2020: Housing Affordability and Homeownership
- May 13, 2020: Fair Housing
- May 14, 2020: Tenancy
- May 15, 2020: Avoiding Foreclosure
- April 2, 2020: CreditSmart Instructor Training en Español #1
- April 9, 2020: CreditSmart Instructor Training en Español #2
- April 16, 2020: CreditSmart Instructor Training en Español #3
- April 23, 2020: CreditSmart Instructor Training en Español #4
April 20, 2020: Test Taking Strategies - HUD Certification Exam
Free Recorded Webinar Videos
The Single Family Housing Direct Loan Division is excited to announce four new webinar trainings which have been posted to the Forms and Resources page:
- Determining Annual, Adjusted, and Repayment Income
- Credit Requirements
- How to Become an Intermediary
- The Role of the Intermediary
For questions regarding training please contact Tammy Repine of the USDA RD Single Family Housing Direct Loan Division at: (360) 753-7677 or at: email@example.com.
Other Available USDA Trainings
FHA webinars are open to FHA-approved servicers and FHA-approved housing counselors. A valid company email address and FHA 5-digit lender and/or agency ID are required at the time of registration.
For additional information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FHFA presented a Duty to Serve Overview Video. The Duty to Serve (DTS) requires Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to facilitate a secondary market for mortgages on housing for very low-, low-, and moderate-income families in: Manufactured housing, Affordable housing preservation, and Rural housing. Watch the video.
The online study group consists of five modules. Register for each separately.
- Homeownership (April 6)
- Housing Affordability (April 7)
- Fair Housing (April 8)
- Foreclosure (April 9)
- Tenancy (April 10)
VHDA has posted training videos for non-profit agencies and consumers. Visit their YouTube channel to view all their current training offerings for housing counseling.
Virtual Tax-Exempt 501(c)(3) Workshops are available for educational institutions and will help non-profits apply for and maintain their 501(c)(3) status.
Access the free, self-paced online housing course, Smart About Money, to learn about a variety of housing topics.
FEMA offers free self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public.
FEMA also offers a weekly podcast on disaster planning. The FEMA Podcast is an audio program series available to anyone interested in learning more about the agency, hearing about innovation in the field of emergency management, and listening to stories about communities and individuals recovering after disasters.
The OCC's Financial Literacy Update is a bimonthly e-newsletter that reports financial literacy events, initiatives, resources and events and training.
NeighborWorks Course List
NeighborWorks America (NWA) certificates of completion and professional certifications include key identifiers such NWA banners or emblems. They may also include signatures of senior leadership, though note that certificates issued by since late 2018 no longer list individual staff signatures. Questions about certificates may be directed to email@example.com.
- HO111 Home Equity Conversion Mortgages
- HO209b-rq Delivering Effective Financial Education for Today's Consumers
- HO270 Senior Services for Housing Counselors
- HO275 Intermediate HECM Counseling: Skills and Tools
- HO310 Financial Coaching: Helping Clients Reach Their Goals
- HO102el Mortgage Lending Fundamentals for Homeownership Professionals
- HO104el HECM: Counseling Basics Overview
- HO130el Understanding Credit Reports and Credit Scoring
- HO180el Engaging Older Adults in Financial Capability Programs
- HO009WT HECM and the Non-Borrower Spouse: What Counselors Need to Know
- HO011WT Maximizing the Effectiveness of Telephone Counseling with HECM Clients
- HO013WT Explaining the Basics of the Financial Assessment to Your HECM Clients
- HO014WT HECM to HECM Refinance Counseling
- HO016WT HECM Default and Foreclosure
- HO022WT Introduction to HUD's HECM Counseling Procedures and Roster
- HO024WT Helping Clients Compare HECM Lenders, Loan Costs, and Loan Benefits
UnidosUS Course List
National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) Course List
Visit the NRMLA website to access the following trainings:
- HECM & Ethics
- HECM Regulatory Updates
- HECM for Purchase
- HECM Math