Getting Certified

Workforce Housing Specialist Certification

The WHS Certification Program provides Real Estate Professionals with the knowledge of available programs and resources to assist workforce housing buyers while enhancing their skills, expertise, and versatility in the field of real estate.

In order to be certified as a Workforce Housing Specialist, real estate professionals must complete 20 hours of coursework within 18 months consisting of Core Courses and Electives.

Graduates are required to recertify on an annual basis in order to keep their Workforce Housing Specialist title and remain on the Housing Foundation website.

Core Courses:

Qualifying Electives (Must total 8 hours or more):

Application for Certification

After completing the WHS Program Requirements, real estate professionals will need to submit an application along with a $50.00 Application Fee.  Once approved as a WHS, graduates will receive a certificate, pin, and will be listed as a specialist on the NC REALTORS® Housing Foundation website.

Submit your Workforce Housing Specialist Certification Application Here.

2019-2020 Recertification

Workforce Housing Specialists must complete a total of 4 Credits of the following options on an annual basis.  Recertification Application and a $25.00 fee must be submitted by the end of the CE Year (June 10th 2020)

  • Workforce Housing Transaction (Counts as 1 Credit)
    • Must be at least one of the following: FHA/HUD approved, counseling agency, Down Payment Assistant Program, NCHFA, USDA rural development, or VA.
  • Attend an Event that focuses on topics such as Affordable Housing, Financing, etc. (Counts as 2 Credits)
    *Attendance Must be Reported by Host Association or Company
  • Mastering Real Estate Negotiations (Online Course) (Counts as 2 Credits)
  • Clash of Clans – The New Face of Fair Housing: Diversity and Disability (In-Person Course) (Counts as 2 Credits)

Submit your Workforce Housing Specialist Recertification Application Here.

Alternative Track

Members have the option of attaining their WHS certification through a similar program offered by the Charlotte Regional REALTOR Association’s Housing Opportunity Foundation.  For more information about this program, please go to or contact the Foundation at


In order to assist with the cost of courses, the North Carolina REALTORS® Housing Foundation is offering Reimbursement Scholarships on a quarterly basis. Click here to apply for a scholarship.

Questions? Please contact Savanna Reagin at or 336-808-4239.