Housing Counseling Weekly Training Digest

The Housing Counseling Training Digest is updated weekly to reflect training sessions hosted by:

  • HUD Office of Housing Counseling (OHC)
  • OHC funded training partners
  • Other partners that host training sessions of interest to housing counselors

Please email housing.counseling@hud.gov to notify HUD about upcoming training and events for housing counselors.

Content current as of July 26, 2021

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Upcoming Training Calendar

View upcoming training sessions for Housing Counseling and other HUD funded programs.


Webinar Archive

View past webinars hosted by the Office of Housing Counseling and access related materials.

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Online Training

Access self-paced online training modules, such as Introduction to Housing Counseling.

HUD Office of Housing Counseling Training

HUD Office of Housing Counseling 2021 Community Conference

NewRegister Today: HUD Office of Housing Counseling 2021 Community Conference

All HUD-approved housing counseling agencies are invited to attend this year's virtual conference on August 9-12, 2021. Through four days of engaging and interactive sessions, participants will connect with HUD and each other on Housing Counseling Program updates and best practices. Register Today!

Federal Partner Training of Interest

HUD's Strong Families Initiative Financial Capability Webinar Series

Every Tuesday in April, this webinar series featured a panel of experts providing informational sessions on how you can help HUD-assisted families access and manage their American Rescue Plan economic impact payments.

OHC Funded Partner Training Sessions

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.

View NeighborWorks Resources for Natural Disaster Relief.

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.

View more information about self-guided courses.

Upcoming Webinars

Date Topic
July 27, 2021 Designing and Delivering Financial Capability Programs Virtually: How to Set Up Your Program for Success
July 27, 2021 Mapping Your Data with Tableau

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.

Visit NCRC’s National Training Academy at training.ncrc.org. For any questions please contact training@ncrc.org or (202) 524-4884.

View the Upcoming Training Calendar and Pre-Recorded Webinars.

NCRC National Training Academy: Pathway to HUD Certification for Housing Counselors

Recorded Webinars

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.

View upcoming webinars and events. For more information, visit the NACA website or call (425) 602-6222.

The UnidosUS Learning Alliance (ULA) is a national training and certification program for housing counselors. ULA courses are developed in collaboration with UnidosUS Wealth and Housing Alliance (UWHA) housing counseling agencies located in major cities and rural communities.

Contact learning@unidosus.org for more information. Apply for a scholarship. Sign up for UnidosUS listserv messages.

Upcoming Virtual Training

Date Topic
August 2-23, 2021 Financial Counseling
August 2-23, 2021 Foreclosure Prevention Part B
August 9-15, 2021 Pathways to Credit Empowerment
August 10-13, 2021 Financial Strategies for Seniors
August 23-27, 2021 Foreclosure Prevention
September 7-9, 2021 Methods in Effective Rental Counseling
September 13-17, 2021 Fundamentals of Pre-Purchase Counseling

View the training calendar to register for other upcoming training sessions.

For registration questions, contact the Training Department:
Phone: (916) 447-9832 x 1429
Email: registration@rcac.org

For content questions, contact Debie Baranchulk:
Phone: (916) 447-9832 x 1019
Email: dbaranchulk@rcac.org

Scholarships for on-site classes are available to those employed by a HUD-approved counseling agency.

View more information on registration, fees, or scholarships.

Other Training Partner Training Sessions

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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 Shopping Cart. At this time, scholarships are not available.

Free Recorded Webinar Videos

Coping with Disaster PTSD

How to Study for the HUD Certification Exam

HUD Certification Exam Calculations

Ubuntu Institute of Learning

The Ubuntu Institute of Learning is hosting bootcamps and live question and answer (Q&A) sessions to help housing counselors prepare for the HUD Housing Counselor Certification Exam.

  • HUD Exam Bootcamps ($50): Occur the second Friday of the month (12:30 – 7:30 PM EDT) and second Saturday of the month (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT).
    • August 20-21, 2021
    • September 17-18, 2021
    • October 15-16, 2021
  • HUD Exam Live Q&A Sessions (Free): 4:00 – 6:00 PM EDT
    • August 10-11, 2021
    • September 14-15, 2021
    • October 12-13, 2021

Learn more and register.


The Single Family Housing Direct Loan Division is excited to announce four new webinar training sessions 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: tammy.repine@wdc.usda.gov.

Other Available USDA Training Sessions


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.


Learn strategies to enhance community and organizational development as well as successful capacity building for your community, organization, or business from HUD Professional Staff working with the Faith and Opportunity Initiative.


The OCC's Financial Literacy Update is a bimonthly e-newsletter that reports financial literacy events, initiatives, resources and events and training.


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.

View upcoming Single Family Housing events and training sessions.

For additional information, please email: stacey.a.brown@hud.gov.

Housing Action Illinois

For information on training sessions, contact Housing Action Illinois via email or view the training calendar.


Access the free, self-paced online housing course, Smart About Money, to learn about a variety of housing topics.


The Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN) training is designed to empower community-based organizations to better prepare for incidents with ten preparedness actions and guidance on developing disaster response plans. OPEN includes both a self-guided training and a downloadable instructor kit that guides participants on how to identify risks, locate resources, and take preparedness actions.

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.

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Virginia Housing has posted training videos for non-profit agencies and consumers. Visit their YouTube channel to view all their current training offerings for housing counseling.

Creating a Budget

Making Smart Financial Decisions

Getting to Know Your Escrow Account

Home Maintenance: In Sight, In Mind

Refinancing: Understanding Your Options