National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling

The National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling have drawn upon a variety of sources, including existing standards used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and local, regional, and national housing counseling organizations. Input on the Standards was gathered by the Advisory Council for the National Industry Standards from many industry partners, including national lenders, Government Sponsored Enterprises, HUD, mortgage insurers, executive directors and counselors of local, regional, and national organizations.

The National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling focus on a set of six core areas.

  1. Competency, including strong knowledge of the home buying process, money management, etc.

  2. Training, with recommendations for a minimum number of hours of training.

  3. Code of Ethics and Conduct, which practitioners should sign and abide by.

  4. Skills, including communication and listening skills, adult education and facilitation skills.

  5. Operational Knowledge regarding programs, marketing, etc.

  6. Performance Standards for practitioners, which include standards curriculum, recordkeeping, and reporting

HPP CARES CDE has adopted and been approved as a provider for homeownership services.  Adoption demonstrates HPP CARES CDE’s commitment to implement and follow the Homeownership Education and Counseling in our daily operations.  HPP CARES CDE provides consistent and high quality advice for any homeowner or future homeowner in achieving their dream of owning their own home.