NAHMA’s Blended Compliance Designation (BCD) course is a comprehensive program designed to cover advanced topics related to working with the HUD 4350.3 Occupancy handbook (version REV 1-Change 4), such as managing mixed-finance properties, managing corporate access to HUD secure systems, managing front-line staff in their occupancy compliance duties, and more.
Each participant will receive a copy of the NAHMA Blended Compliance Designation course manual. The program is composed of a full day of classroom instruction. Participants will be given a voucher number to take the online exam at the location of their choice, home office, headquarters or property office. The voucher expires after three weeks. Students are notified immediately of their test results upon completion of the exam. Individuals must pass the exam to become certified BCDs. All participants who successfully complete the course will receive an BCD certificate and lapel pin, and will be listed in NAHMA’s online Credential Directory.
It is recommended that course attendees have a solid working knowledge of the HUD 4350.3 Handbook prior to registration. (Prior certification, such as earning your CPO, is recommended but not required.)
Content covered includes the following:
Senior Regulatory Management:
Housing Covered Under Section 504, Section 504 Regulations, 504 Coordinators, Notification and Outreach, Confidentiality and Accessibility, New Construction, Non-Substantial Alterations, Common Areas, Providing Modifications, Determining Reasonable Accommodation, Review of Requests, Monitoring, and Self-Evaluation and Quality Control, Addendum B Issues Related to 504 Reporting, Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan Requirements, AFHMP Review During MOR, LEP Development and Oversight, VAWA
HUD Secure Systems:
WASS, Types of Users, Obtaining/Maintaining Access to System, APPS, TRACS, Common MAT Errors, iMAX, SAVE, EIV, LOCCS, FASS-MF, Reporting Requirements for Owners/Agents, Privacy Issues
Allowable combinations, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Basics, HOME Basics, Rural Development Basics, Housing Choice Voucher Basics, Housing Conversion Actions, the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program, Basics of Eligibility in Combined Funding Projects, Social Security Number Requirements, Citizenship requirements, Screening for Criminal Activity, Screening for Suitability, LIHTC Student Rule, Section 8 Student Rule, Calculating and Verifying Income, Income Limits, Rent Limits, Utility Allowances
Once the BCD certificate is earned, you will need to renew it each year. Renewal includes earning 6 hours of continuing education (6 CEUs) each year, as well as payment of a modest renewal fee of $120 per year. Submission of the completed CEU form will be due each January along with your payment. The CEUs must have an occupancy-related focus.
PLEASE NOTE: Certificate holders will be self-certifying each year and do not need to send in an attendance letter, certificate, event literature or certificate of their continuing education.
As noted, it is recommended but not required that you earn your CPO prior to participating in the BCD course. As a result, it is also recommended that CPOs consider maintaining and renewing their CPO designation in addition to the BCD designation annually once it is earned, since the designations are not mutually exclusive and the combination of designations demonstrates you have achieved the highest and most thorough levels of occupancy training possible.
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