What is the National Affordable Housing Professional® (NAHP®)?
ProfessionalThe 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. See Requirements for Certification for more details and application link.
ExecutiveThis 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, district/regional manager or equivalent. See Requirements for Certification for more details and application link.
HonoraryThis 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. Please contact NAHMA staff for more details.
EmeritusThe NAHP Emeritus 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. NAHP Emeritus designees will continue to receive the NAHP Update, 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. Please contact NAHMA staff for more details.
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.
Why should you acquire the NAHP certification?
- Individual recognition of your competence in the affordable housing industry;
- Recognition of your professionalism by current and future employers;
- Continuing educational opportunities designed to keep you in the forefront of your field;
- The power and support of a national organization working for you;
- Networking opportunities with other professionals in the specialized field of affordable housing; and,
- Affiliation with an organization committed to the constant improvement and sharpening of your management skills.
How long does it take to earn the NAHP certification?
Requirements for Certification
Professional Level:The NAHP certification is comprised of education, work experience and adherence to the NAHP Code of Professional Conduct. All criteria must be met before the Candidate can become certified.
Education:The education component consists of successful completion of course work in the following areas: occupancy, fair housing and basic apartment management.
Completion of all three of the following certifications meet the education requirement:
*NAHMA Fair Housing Compliance
And one of the following two options:
*Either a nationally recognized management designation with a minimum of 40 hours of training such as RAM, CPM, CAM, ARM
*Or a minimum of 20 hours of Alternative Apartment Management training(Training must be completed in all required topics)
– Legal Responsibilities – Risk Management
– Landlord/Tenant Laws – Financial Management
– Human Resource Management – Maintenance, Preventative Maintenance
– Marketing and Leasing and Energy Conservation*For Candidates who specialize in low income housing tax credit properties, you may acquire the NAHMA Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM) certification in lieu of the CPO.
Executive Level:The NAHP-e® certification is comprised of work experience and adherence to the NAHP Code of Professional Conduct. The following criteria must be met before the Candidate can become certified.
Code of Professional Conduct
- Exercise the highest level of integrity and professional conduct.
- Exercise reasonable compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations and maintain professional standards.
- Provide equal employment and housing opportunity to any person no matter their race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, age, handicap and any constitutionally protected class.
- Professionally manage properties, including but not limited to:
- Maintaining fiduciary obligations to clients;
- Avoiding disclosure of confidential information to third parties;
- Maintaining true and accurate accounting records; and,
- Protecting all clients’ assets.
- Use professional means if seeking to influence legislation, regulations, or public opinions.
|Professional Level Application for Certification||$130.00|
|Professional Level Renewal||$145.00|
|Executive Level Application for Certification||$210.00|
|Executive Level Renewal||$170.00|
PLEASE NOTE: Certificate holders must self-certify each year when renewing their certificates and do not need to send in documentation of continuing education.
- NAHMA 2023 Continuing Education Tracking Form
- Educational Calendar
- Certified Professional Of Occupancy (CPO)
- Fair Housing/Section 504 Compliance (FHC)
- Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM)
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