Does HUD certify individuals as HUD-Certified Housing Counselors?

Yes.  Starting August 1, 2017, HUD began certifying individuals as HUD-Certified Housing Counselors.
A HUD-Certified Housing Counselor is an individual who works for a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency and who has passed the HUD Certified Housing Counselor Examination.
The HUD Certified Housing Counselor Examination became available August 1, 2017.  Registration for the examination started August 1, 2017 at
Any individual who will provide housing counseling required by or in connection with HUD programs must be a HUD-Certified Housing Counselor by August 1, 2020.  Information on covered HUD programs can be found at: List of Other HUD Programs.
Additional information is available on the following websites:            Docket Numbers:
  • FR-5339-F-03 - HUD’s Final Rule for Housing Counseling: New Certification Requirements
  • FR-5339-N-05 - Notice of Availability of the HUD Certified Housing
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All policy information contained in this knowledge base article is based upon the referenced HUD policy document. Any lending or insuring decisions should adhere to the specific information contained in that underlying policy document.

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