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NCHEC Certification

NCHEC CertificationNeighborworks-image-82The NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling (NCHEC) offers nine certifications for homeownership and community development practitioners. All nine certifications align with the  National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling

Additionally, agencies may Adopt the Standards if they employ staff holding these nine NCHEC certifications: Pre-Purchase Homeownership Education, Post-Purchase Homeownership Education, Homeownership Counseling, Foreclosure Intervention & Default Counseling, Financial Capability, Post-Purchase Homeownership Education in Native Communities and Rental Housing Counseling, and Rental Eviction Intervention. 

To apply, download the Application for NCHEC Certification. NCHEC certifications must be renewed every three years. Learn about our continuing education policy.


Financial capability

Ideal for financial coaches, financial and housing counselors, & program managers 


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Pre-purchase homeownership education

Ideal for educators providing group training in a seminar or workshop format


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Post-purchase homeownership education

Ideal for counselors facilitating post-purchase seminars & workshops


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Homeownership counseling

Ideal for professionals conducting one-on-one housing counseling


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Foreclosure intervention and default counseling

Ideal for professionals with at least one year of foreclosure intervention counseling experience


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  • Both courses must be completed within a three-year period to qualify for certification.

Homeownership counseling for program managers and executive directors

Ideal for professionals at the management level


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Rental housing counseling

Ideal for professionals counseling clients in rental housing


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Rental eviction intervention

Ideal for professionals counseling clients in rental housing eviction


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Continuing Education Policy
Keep up with your training!
Learn more about our National Training Institutes and other in-person training opportunities.