Certification Courses

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2018 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
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)
Housing Choice Voucher (HVC) 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
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
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
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.
Rent Calculation for Public Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers (HVC)

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