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Designation Programs

National Affordable Housing Professional ™

NAHP is the only professional certification program with stringent requirements dedicated solely to recognizing and promoting achievement of the highest possible standards in affordable housing management.

The fees associated with securing the NAHP certification have been authorized as eligible to be paid from project expenses by HUD.

Specifically, the expense must meet the applicable requirements of HUDHandbook 4381.5, REV-1, paragraph 2-15; the expense must be for “front-line” staff. NAHP costs for “Main Office” management personnel cannot be paid from the project account. Funds for NAHP expenses must be budgeted and approved by the Field Office. Allowable costs are limited to actual, reasonable expenses for registration, certification, transportation, meals and lodging. However, the NAHP annual renewal fee is not an eligible project expense.

Developed by the National Affordable Housing Management Association, the program is available to industry professionals at the following levels:

Certified Professional of Occupancy™

The Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO) course is the only comprehensive program covering the entire HUDHandbook 4350.3 including the latest revisions. Each participant receives an updated version of this Handbook in the course.

An extensive course manual with 31 chapters covers topics from eligibility criteria, standards, tenant selection and screening to non-discrimination, allowances, adjusted income, certifying tenants and annual recertification. Each chapter is followed by a mini quiz with an opportunity for questions. Evening optional review sessions are offered.
After this three day CPO course, taught by NAHMA-certified instructors who are experts on HUD’s occupancy standards, managers will have mastered using the HUDHandbook effectively. After completing the two and one-half days of interactive instruction, participants must pass a rigorous one-half day exam to become certified CPOs.
The CPO is a requirement for NAHMA’s NAHP certification program. All participants who successfully complete the course will receive a CPO certificate and lapel pin.

Fair Housing Compliance Certification

The requirements set forth in the Fair Housing Act and Section 504 regulations are enormously complex and far-reaching.NAHMA’s Fair Housing Compliance course trains managers to understand these complex regulations, and provides clear instructions on fair housing laws. The comprehensive, practical training manual for this course includes ready-to-use documents and forms to conduct a Section 504 Self-Evaluation and sample Transition Plan. The course teaches a step-by-step approach to determining the administrative and financial feasibility of making units accessible.Not only does NAHMA’s Fair Housing course cover the application process, which includes screening, accepting, and rejecting applicants, it also presents instruction on developing company-wide policies and procedures.The Fair Housing Compliance is a required course for NAHMA’s NAHP certification program. All participants who successfully complete the course will receive a FHC certificate and lapel pin.

Specialist in Housing Credit Management™

The Specialist in Housing Credit Management® (SHCM) certification has been developed by the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) especially for management professionals involved with properties developed and operated under the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. The SHCM is designed by management professionals for management professionals to ensure they have attained the knowledge, experience and competence required to excel in the housing credit property management industry.

As experienced affordable housing management professionals know, the LIHTC program is the primary production tool for creating new affordable housing properties across every state in the country, and it is also the most important tool for rehabilitating and preserving the nation’s existing stock of aging affordable housing. To maximize their careers, management professionals in the affordable housing industry must be able to demonstrate their experience and expertise in mastering the complex requirements of the LIHTC program. Earning your SHCM enables you to do just that.

National Affordable Housing Maintenance Technician & Supervisor

The National Affordable Housing Maintenance Technician™ (NAHMT) and National Affordable Housing Maintenance Supervisor™ (NAHMS) credentials were conceived and designed to recognize those affordable housing maintenance professionals, who, through their completion of strict NAHMT and NAHMS requirements, have met the highest possible industry standards.

The NAHMT and NAHMS credential requirements are comprised of education/training, work experience and adherence to the NAHMT/ NAHMS Code of Professional Conduct.

Green Credential for Property Management

The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) and National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) offer the Green Credential for Property Management (GCPM) to on-site managers, maintenance staff and supervisors of front-line staff based on green building principles and best practices, and HUDOffice of Affordable Preservation (OAHP) – established guidelines, with training offered by OAHP-recognized trainers.
The Green Credential for Property Management will provide management companies and owners a mechanism for meeting their initial and ongoing training commitments to OAHP if they have opted for a green Mark-to-Market restructuring.

The Green Credential for Property Management is not restricted to employees of management companies who have opted for OAHP green restructuring. This credential will also benefit on-site managers, maintenance staff and supervisors of front-line staff at other affordable and conventional apartment communities employing Green Operations and Maintenance Practices.

The successful applicant must have a minimum of two years of affordable housing management experience, and must also meet an education component. Criteria requirements are specifically structured to provide the NAHP with the skills and expertise required to function in the affordable housing industry with a high degree of competence and professionalism.

This select level of certification was designed to recognize affordable housing management executives. To qualify, you must have at least five years of affordable housing experience with a minimum of three (of the five) years as an active owner, CEO, managing agent, asset manager, or property manager overseeing two or more sites of an active affordable housing property.

This level of certification is designed to recognize those individuals throughout the country who, through their leadership or influence, have made significant contributions to the affordable housing industry. The Honorary Award is a one-time presentation and there are no on-going annual renewal fees. Individuals may not apply for, nor should they solicit, an Honorary award. Rather, this is an avenue by which AHMAs/NAHMA may honor those who have had a major positive impact on affordable housing at the local, regional, or national level.

The NAHPEmeritus designation is designed for NAHPs who are retiring from the affordable housing industry, but would like to stay up-to-date, as well as be recognized for their continued commitment to the NAHP program. NAHPEmeritus designees will continue to receive the NAHPUpdate, and will be included in the annual certification directory. There are no ongoing renewal requirements. This designation is available by nomination from an active NAHP or AHMA only and requires that the nominee: be a current NAHP in good standing, has maintained the NAHP designation for a minimum of five consecutive years, be at least 60 years of age and retired, or have a hardship or illness forcing retirement.

Who should seek the NAHP designation?
Any person actively engaged in affordable housing, who is committed to the advancement of professional property management and the constant improvement of his or her own management skills, should seek the NAHP designation. The NAHP certification program achieves these goals by requiring continuing education and participation in the industry.