HUD Certified Housing
HUD Certified Housing Counselor Database
is used to get the records of the following:
- Certified Counselors: These are HUD-certified counselors who provide homeownership counseling and other types of counseling (e.g., rental, mobility, and/or homelessness counseling).
- HECM Counselors: These are counselors who are on the HECM Counselor Roster and provide Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) counseling.
Some counselors are both certified and HECM counselors.
Counselors currently on the HECM Counselor Roster, or whose HUD Certified Housing Counselor Application was accepted, have
an Active status. Counselors with a Terminated status are those whose Active status was revoked.
The housing counseling agency's FHA Connection Application Coordinator can add or update employment validation information for a counselor with an Active status. Counselors with an Active status can update some of their own information. If the counselor has a Terminated status, no changes can be made. If the FHA Connection Application Coordinator is also a counselor, employment validation must be entered by another Application Coordinator employed by the agency.
Retaining an Active Status on the HECM Counselor Roster
In order to retain an active status on the HECM Counselor Roster, the counselor must:
- Complete at least one HECM training course every two years. HUD sends an e-mail notification of the HECM training requirement to the counselor every two years, 90 days before the anniversary date of the counselor's application for placement on the Roster was accepted. The counselor accesses the HUD Certified Housing Counselor Database Update/Renewal form on the FHA Connection to add information on a completed HECM training course. A scanned image of the certificate for the completed training must be uploaded to HUD's server in an acceptable file format. The counselor is automatically removed from the HECM Counselor Roster if the HECM training requirement is not met.
- Take a HECM Counselor Exam every three years and achieve a qualifying score. HUD sends an e-mail notification to the counselor before the three-year anniversary date of the acceptance of the counselor's application for the HECM Counselor Roster.
Housing Counselor Database - Processing
Housing Counselor Database Page - Field Descriptions
Housing Counselor Database List Page - Field Descriptions
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