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Certification Course Descriptions

Fair Housing and Reasonable Accommodation Certification

This certification course offers all of the essential federal fair housing laws for public housing and housing choice voucher (HCV) program operations. Some topics covered include:

  • Accessibility and design requirements that meet the federal physical accessibility standards
  • Proper handling of reasonable accommodation requests
  • Preventing and handling discrimination complaints
  • Maintaining applicant and participant records to comply with US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regulations and fair housing laws
  • Obligations regarding hate crimes, sexual harassment, and violence against women

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Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Rent Calculation Certification

This certification course will help learners understand HUD regulations pertaining to rent calculation, and the formulas for correctly calculating rent for the HCV program. Learn how to:

  • Identify the types of income, assets, and calculate income from assets
  • Calculate and track the earned income disallowances
  • Recognize the requirements for verification
  • Calculate rent using annual and adjusted income

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Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Specialist Certification

This certification course will help learners to achieve an understanding of HUD regulations for the HCV program and how to apply those regulations in administration of the program. Some topics addressed include:

  • Eligibility, rent calculation, and occupancy for the HCV program
  • Final rule changes regarding social security number verification and the mandatory implementation of Enterprise Income Verification (EIV)

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Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Certification

This certification course covers the information and skills required to complete HQS inspections on vacant or occupied units to determine if units pass or fail pursuant to HQS minimum standards. Some topics covered include:

  • How to design an upgrade to HQS when given the assignment to develop a higher reasonable standard, with HUD approval
  • Lead-based paint regulations and their impact on the HCV program
  • HQS-related Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) indicators and their impact on the housing authority’s SEMAP score

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Multifamily Housing Specialist Certification

Transitioning to project-based rental assistance (PBRA)? Learn the ins and outs of the Multifamily Housing Program to get certified as a Multifamily Housing Specialist. Topics covered include:

  • How to apply HUD regulations to determine eligibility
  • Calculating income and rent for the Multifamily program
  • Explaining leasing and contract renewal requirements
  • Utilizing the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) system and the Tenant Rental Assistance Certification System (TRACS)

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Public Housing Management (PHM) Certification

This certification course provide learners with an overview of HUD regulations and requirements for public housing management and their impact on a housing authority’s Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) score. Some topics covered include:

  • Factors of eligibility
  • Tenant selection and wait list management
  • Rent calculation and occupancy cycle
  • Resident relations strategies

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Public Housing Rent Calculation Certification

This certification course will teach learners about HUD regulations pertaining to rent calculation, and the formulas for correctly calculating rent for public housing. Some topics covered include:

  • Completing the Form HUD-50058
  • Calculating annual income, income exclusions, the earned income disallowance
  • Calculating assets, asset income, adjusted income, and verification
  • Determining minimum rent and utility allowances.

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RAD Project-Based Voucher Specialist Certification

Transitioning to project-based vouchers (PBVs)? Take this course to solidify your knowledge of program requirements and learn to navigate various occupancy issues. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the difference between program requirements for the Rental Assistance Demonstration Project-Based Voucher (RAD PBV) program, standard Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program, tenant-based Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, and public housing
  • Determining program eligibility and how to operate the waiting list
  • Identifying key program elements, requirements, documents, and regulations for the
    RAD PBV program
  • Developing a regular monitoring review process for PBV projects to identify and avoid
    audit findings

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Rent Calculation for Public Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV)

This certification course will teach rent calculation for both the public housing and HCV programs. The course has been carefully structured for combination areas to be trained together. Some topics covered include:

  • Identifying and calculating income from assets
  • Calculate annual and adjusted income, and the requirements for verification
  • Calculating maximum rent at initial occupancy, housing assistance payments (HAP), and family share using the payment standard, utility allowance, and gross rent

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