Certification Exam - Certification Maintenance

The purpose of HUDHousingCounselors.com is to help counselors prepare for the HUD Housing Counselor Certification Exam and provide access to the exam. After passing the exam and transferring the results to FHA Connection, counselor certification activities shift from HUDHousingCounselors.com to FHA Connection.

Counselors maintain their certification status by updating personal information on the HUD Certified Housing Counselor Database Update/Renewal page on FHA Connection. Exam results and counselor application information are stored permanently on FHA Connection. Counselors should become familiar with FHA Connection to understand which steps are required to update and maintain personal information, including changing employers.

It is important to note that agencies are required to validate the end of a counselor’s employment. If a counselor is between agencies, hiring agencies will NOT be able to find the counselor in the database if the previous agency has verified their end of employment in FHA Connection. After the counselor’s end of employment has been verified, they no longer meet the criteria for certification.

In order to demonstrate to hiring agencies that a counselor has been previously certified, it is recommended that counselors maintain a copy of their most recent certificate which names the counselor and the agency. Certificates are available to download and print from FHA Connection only while a counselor’s employment at an approved housing counseling agency is validated in FHA Connection. Each time a counselor’s employment is verified at a new agency, a certificate is available to print with the new agency’s information displayed.

A certificate is not available to print during periods when the counselor is not employed by an approved agency or when the counselor is employed by an approved agency but their employment has not been verified in FHA Connection.

Please visit the HUD Exchange for more information. If you require assistance with FHA Connection Contact housing.counseling@hud.gov and include “FHAC” in the subject line of your message.

Agencies - Agency Role in Certification

The role of the HUD participating housing counseling agency in HUD Certified Housing Counselor Application Process is to verify counselor employment in FHA Connection and to update FHA Connection when counselor employment status changes.

HUDHousingCounselors.com also acknowledges the important role agencies play in supporting counselors as they prepare for certification. To best support your counselors through the certification process, please consider the following important information:

  • HUDHousingCounselors.com user accounts are owned by the user. Changes to the account or the exam schedule can only be initiated by the user regardless of exam payment source. Access to user accounts is not permitted by third parties unless authorized by the user.
  • Counselors should be encouraged to create their user account with an email address they can access from anywhere at any time.
  • Registration for the HUD Housing Counselor Certification Exam must be completed through each counselor's HUDHousingCounselors.com user account. There is no method to register and pay for a group of candidates in a single transaction.
  • Agencies should avoid creating HUDHousingCounselors.com user accounts for those who do not plan to take the exam.
  • Counselors should log into their user account and initiate requests for help on their own behalf at Support.

For questions about this information, please visit Support or call 800-448-7149 Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. except federal holidays.

Certification Exam - Group Testing Events Information

Registration for the HUD Housing Counselor Certification Exam must be completed through each candidate’s HUDHousingCounselors.com user account. There is no method to register and pay for a group of candidates in a single transaction. However, there is a method to reserve a test center location and test time for a group of candidates.

To Arrange a Group Testing Event

  • Group testing events must be coordinated by HUDHousingCounselors.com Support.
  • Groups may initiate a request by submitting an issue ticket at HUDHousingCounselors.com/Support or by calling Support at 800-448-7149.
  • Complete requests must be submitted 45 days in advance of the group’s earliest target test date.
  • Requests are subject to test center capacity and availability.
  • Each test taker must register and pay for the exam at least 10 business days before the confirmed test date or forfeit their seat.
  • Group testing events are subject to the No Shows and Cancellations Policy.