Become a Specialist

NC Workforce Housing Specialist LogoThe 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.

Benefits of Certification

  • Gain access to downpayment options only open to Workforce Housing Specialists.
  • Become an affordable housing expert in your community.
  • Remain educated on the most recent and pressing issues affecting homeownership affordability.
  • Join other like-minded professionals to advocate for affordable housing at the state level.
  • Gain industry recognition.
  • Receive a certificate and a pin and be listed as a Specialist on this website.
  • Advertise your credentials in your marketing.
How to Earn Your Certification

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.

Some of the courses listed below are also requirements for the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation. Questions? Contact Savanna Reagin for more information.

Core Courses

ABC’s of Financing (8 Hours)
In-Person Course | See Course Calendar »

Financing Dreams (4 Hours)
In-Person Course | See Course Calendar »

At Home With Diversity (Beginning June 1, 2020)
In-Person Course | See Course Calendar »
Online Course

Qualifying Electives (Must total 8 hours or more)

Beneath the Surface: Understanding the Anatomy of a House (4 Hours)
Online Course | Register »

Business Risks & Ethics (8 Hours)
In-Person Course | See Course Calendar »

Meeting the Needs of Buyers and Sellers (4 Hours)
Online Course | Register »

Military Relocation Professional (8 Hours)
Online Course | Register »

Successful Buyer Client Systems (4 Hours)
Online Course | Register »

At Home With Diversity
In-Person Course | See Course Calendar »

Application for Certification  |  Submit Application Online »

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.

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 (September 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)
  • At Home With Diversity
    In-Person Course | See Course Calendar »
    Online Course


Submit your Workforce Housing Specialist Recertification Application Here.

Questions? Contact Savanna Reagin for more information.


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 Michael McKinney.