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To receive the Housing Counselor Certification, the following must be fulfilled:

For questions or concerns please email us at nhnla@nclr.org.

Course Requirements

Applicants must attend the following NHNLA courses:

  • Pre-Purchase: Fundamentals of Pre-Purchase Homebuyer Counseling,
  • Two webinars, Predatory Lending (mandatory) and Any Other Webinar of Your Choice From the NHNLA Course Calendar
  • One of the following courses:
    • NHNLA Foreclosure Prevention: Fundamentals of Foreclosure Prevention Counseling
    • NeighborWorks HO 109
    • HUD Loss Mitigation

Exam Requirements

Applicants must pass the following exams with a score of 80% or higher:

  • Pre-Purchase: Fundamentals of Pre-Purchase Homebuyer Counseling
  • Foreclosure Prevention: Fundamentals of Foreclosure Prevention Counseling (if applicable)

Practical Experience Requirements

Applicants must have counseled at least 30 individuals within the last 12 months, or must have been employed by a HUD-certified housing counseling agency for the last six months.

Submission Requirements

In order to submit the Housing Counselor Certification Application, applicants will need the following documents:

  • A letter signed by both the applicant and their manager or executive director certifying that the practical experience requirements have been met. An example letter can be found here.
  • The National Industry Code of Ethics and Conduct for Homeownership Professionals form, signed by the applicant
  • Pre-Purchase: Fundamentals of Pre-Purchase Homebuyer Counseling certificate of completion
  • Two webinar certificates of completion
  • One of the following certificates of completion:
    • NHNLA Foreclosure Prevention: Fundamentals of Foreclosure Prevention Counseling
    • NeighborWorks HO 109
    • HUD Loss Mitigation

Once the application is complete, click “submit” at the end of the screen. Your application will be reviewed, and notification regarding your certification status will be sent soon thereafter.

or questions or concerns, please email us at nhnla@nclr.org.