Specialist in Housing Credit Management® (SHCM®)
The Housing Credit Certification Developed by Management
Professionals for Management Professionals
The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA)’s Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM) certification program has been named a 2018 Silver Power of A Award winner in the Power to Create a Competitive Workforce category by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
To learn more about the award, click here: NAHMA Wins Prestigious Award for Specialist in Housing Credit Management Certification Program. The SHCM is offered in association with the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI).
How to Earn Your SHCM Certification
- Education – successfully accumulate a minimum of 12 hours (actual instruction time) of housing credit specific coursework or training from an approved provider* within two years of sitting for the SHCM exam
- Examination – successfully pass the SHCM exam
- Professional Experience – demonstrate a minimum of two years of housing credit management employment experience through an application process
- SHCM Code of Professional Conduct – commit to a defined code of professional conduct (see below)
- Complete Application – submit your SHCM Application (fillable form) along with the $175 application fee.
Two Easy Ways to Earn Your SHCM Now!
- Accumulate 12 hours (instruction time) of housing credit training conducted by an approved provider*, and at the end of the training, sit for the SHCM exam. (The exam will be forwarded to NAHMA for grading; NAHMA will contact you regarding your exam results within four to six weeks of receiving the exam.) Once a candidate passes the SHCM exam, the final step in the process is completion and submission of the SHCM application to NAHMA. SHCM applications are forwarded to candidates with their exam results.
- Contact NAHMA for an SHCM application package, if you wish to take credit for a prior (minimum) 12 hours of LIHTC training you’ve accumulated in the past two years, and want to just sit for the exam now (a certificate or some other proof of training completion will be required); NAHMA will notify you of upcoming dates/locations at which you may sit for the exam. Again, the completed exam will be forwarded to NAHMA for grading, and NAHMA will contact you regarding your exam results within four to six weeks of receiving the exam. Once a candidate passes the SHCM exam, the final step in the process is completion and submission of the SHCM application to NAHMA.
SHCM Candidates with Less than the Two-Year Experience Requirement May:Take advantage of the same two options listed above; however, these candidates will need to participate in a “candidacy period” equal to the amount of time remaining to meet the two-year work experience requirement. Once the candidacy period is satisfied, the candidate may then begin to use the SHCM certification.
Benefits of SHCM Certification
- Receive a congratulatory welcome kit, including a certificate, pin, annual identification card, and draft press release for your internal company newsletter or local media.
- Have your name listed in NAHMA’s popular and prestigious Online Directory of Credentialed Professionals.
- Receive a free subscription to NAHMA News ($100 value), NAHMA’s bimonthly newsletter about issues affecting the rapidly changing affordable housing industry, including regulation, legislation and NAHMA initiatives.
- Receive a free subscription to UNITS magazine ($50 value), NAA’s full-color trade publication featuring news and newsmakers in the multifamily housing industry. Features include interviews of movers and shakers in the industry, profiles of cutting-edge firms and properties, and topical articles covering every aspect of residential property management and ownership. UNITS serves as the perfect arena to learn about what’s going on in the multifamily housing industry and is a great resource to keep on your bookshelf.
- Receive a free subscription to NAA’s Industry Insider e-newsletter, featuring late-breaking apartment industry news and information.
- Receive a free subscription to NAHP Update, NAHMA’s quarterly newsletter for its NAHP credential holders and other site staff focusing on professional development and hands-on property management topics.
- Receive free access to NAHMA’s LIHTC Web site.
- Receive a free subscription to SHCM Newsbriefs, a quarterly email/online newsletter which includes concise articles on key news-breaking issues of importance in the tax-credit arena, as well as the latest updates on the SHCM program, exam offerings and training.
- Participate for free in two SHCM training webinars per year.
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.
Strategic News for Specialist in Housing Credit Management®Welcome to SHCM Newsbriefs – the monthly newsletter for SHCM-certified professionals.Specially designed for – and only available to – holders of the SHCM designation, the newsletter includes concise articles on key news-breaking issues of importance in the tax credit arena, as well as the latest updates on the SHCM program, exam offerings, and training opportunities.
For more information, please contact: Leslie Marie O’Donnell, Manager of Education and Credentialing Programs. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 703-683-8630
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