Housing Counseling Weekly Training Digest

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

Content current as of September 21, 2020

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Upcoming Training Calendar

View upcoming trainings 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

Non-Housing Counseling Trainings of Interest

Health@Home Webinar Series – Summer and Fall 2020

The Health@Home webinar series consists of four webinars that provide affordable housing rehabilitation specialists and program managers with information on integrating healthy housing techniques into their rehabilitation projects and best practices from practitioners who have successfully implemented these techniques.

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.

View NeighborWorks Resources for Natural Disaster Relief.

NeighborWorks Training Institutes - HUD Sponsored Virtual Training

October 27, 2020 – November 17, 2020

This first ever HUD-sponsored Virtual Training Institute focuses on the HUD Housing Counseling Certification and NCHEC Certification.

Each faculty-led training meets once a week for four weeks with additional self-study. In addition to the faculty-led trainings, participants are invited to join two study sessions and an OHC workshop led by HUD staff.

In partnership with OHC, NeighborWorks is offering scholarships to housing counselors to attend the virtual training. This scholarship opportunity is open to staff at HUD-approved housing counseling agencies. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2020 and all scholarships will be awarded on or before October 20, 2020.

The following trainings will be offered:

  • Compliance with State and Federal Regulations for Homeownership Programs
  • Ready, Set, Prep: Tackling the HUD Counselor Exam Step by Step
  • Homeownership Counseling Certification: Principles, Practices, and Techniques: Part 1
  • Rental Housing Counseling Certification: Part 1
  • Advanced Foreclosure: Case Study Practicum

View more information about the HUD Sponsored Virtual Training.

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
September 23, 2020 Tenancy
September 24, 2020 Protecting Credit and Avoiding Scams During the COVID-19 Financial Crisis
September 29, 2020 Foreclosure Intervention Services During Disaster Recovery
September 30, 2020 Avoiding Foreclosure
October 1, 2020 Student Loan CARES Act Relief in Response to COVID-19

Faculty-Led Virtual Classroom

Date Topic
October 7-28, 2020 Creative Project Financing Strategies
September 30, 2020 - October 28, 2020 Building Skills for Financial Confidence
October 14, 2020 - November 10, 2020 Building Skills for Financial Confidence
October 28, 2020 - November 24, 2020 Building Skills for Financial Confidence

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

Upcoming Webinars

Date Topic
September 28-29, 2020 Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Counseling
September 30, 2020 Credit Report Basics (Explaining a Credit Report)
September 30, 2020 - October 2, 2020 Disaster Program Management: Designing, Implementing, and Managing
October 5-9, 2020 Fast-track to Certification

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) 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 nhnla@unidosus.org or elearning@nclr.org for more information. Apply for a scholarship. Sign up for UnidosUS listserv messages.


View the training calendar to register for other upcoming trainings.

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 Trainings

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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.

Upcoming Webinars

September DRN MembersHUB Series – The DRN MembersHUB is a 3-part online study group covering the HUD competencies. Cost: $25 per webinar, half off the regular webinar price. Scholarships are not available.

  • September 22, 2020 – Fair Housing
  • September 23, 2020 – Tenancy
  • September 24, 2020 – Avoiding Foreclosure

CreditSmart® Webinar Series (FREE)

  • Thursday, October 8, 2020 – 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT
  • Thursday, October 15, 2020 – 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 – 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 – 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT

Register for CreditSmart Series.

The Future of Work – Designing Your Online Course 4-part Webinar Series (FREE) – sponsored by JPMorgan CHASE

  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 – 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020 – 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 – 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT

Register for The Future of Work Series.

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 PM – 7:30 PM EDT) and second Saturday of the month (11:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT). Note: There will be no bootcamp in December.
  • HUD Exam Live Q&A Sessions (Free): Occur every third and fourth Wednesday of the month (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT). Note: There will be no Q&A sessions in November or December.

Learn more and register.


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: tammy.repine@wdc.usda.gov.

Other Available USDA Trainings


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.


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 trainings.

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

Housing Action Illinois

For information on trainings, 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.


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.

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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