Getting Certified

In order to be certified as a Workforce Housing Specialist, participants must complete 16 hours of education within the past 18 months. Core classes must total 8 or more hours to qualify.

Core courses:

  • NC Housing Finance Agency’s “Financing Dreams” course (4 hour CE)
  • GRI ABCs of Financing (8 hours)

Are you having a hard time finding a local program or housing class?  Check out this list of 2016 HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agencies by clicking on our state on the yellow map.

A variety of elective courses are available to attain the remaining hours needed to earn the certification. Combined with the minimum of 8 hours of required “core classes,” elective classes may be for a total of 8 additional hours.

Qualifying Electives:

  • Freddie Mac’s Credit Smart online course (4 hours)
  • Selling HUD Homes
  • REBAC’s Short Sales and Foreclosures
  • FHA 203(k) and Energy Efficient Mortgages
  • USDA Housing Programs
  • GRI ABCs of Financing (8 hours)

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. Participants in this alternative program must complete four workshops and attend the Annual Workforce Housing Event within two years to earn the Workforce Housing Specialist certification. The four required tracks are:

  • Creative Lending Programs for Workforce Housing
  • Employer-Assisted Housing
  • Foreclosure Prevention
  • Working with Housing Nonprofits

The WHS program is currently being offered in partnership with REALTOR® associations in Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh and Wilmington.

Once you’ve taken classes, contact Savanna Tandski at to request certification.

You May Already Have Credit

If you’ve taken any of the core or elective courses within 6 months of starting this program, or have taken something similar in content to the above listed courses, you may be able to count the credit hours towards your WHS Certification. To request acceptance of your credit hours, simply complete a Previous Credit Certification Form, a summary of courses taken and your class certificates of completion, and email them to Savanna Tandski at

Annual Recertification

In order for graduates to remain updated on workforce housing resources and issues, they will be required to recertify by Dec. 31 of the year following their certification and annually thereafter by attending 4 hours of education in community programs, affordable loan programs, or core/elective classes listed, and participating in an affordable housing event.Get started on your certification today to reap benefits tomorrow!