COS - Public Housing

Occupancy training and certification for those involved in Public Housing

Certified Occupancy Specialist –Public Housing (COSP) is a comprehensive study of HUD guidelines and regulations set forth in the Public Housing Occupancy Guidebook (PHOG). COSP is geared toward individuals, both experienced and new to the field, who are responsible for, or involved in, compliance with HUD regulations as they relate to the low-income public housing program.

In the same tradition as COS, NCHM’s nationally recognized occupancy course, COSP provides managers of public housing with occupancy training tailored to the needs of PHAs. COSP is based on the HUD Public Housing Occupancy Guidebook (PHOG) issued in June of 2003 and includes all relevant subsequent notices, ensuring that you are completely up to date with all HUD requirements. Ideal for newcomers to the public housing industry, COSP is also an effective refresher for seasoned professionals who want to stay abreast of the latest changes in HUD guidance and interpretation. 

What you’ll learn:

The course material covers all essential occupancy-related topics contained in HUD's PHOG and supporting notices, including accurate calculation of assets, income, and allowances; rent computation; verification; eligibility; tenant screening; admissions and occupancy policies (known as ACOP); program rents; unit transfers; annual and interim reexaminations; community service; self-sufficiency requirements; and grievance procedures.

How you will learn:

Instruction is delivered through lecture and an integrated multimedia presentation. Training notes, coordinated with the multimedia presentation, facilitate participants’ preparation for the certification examination.

The COSP Exam

Computerized grading of the exam results allows each participant to see their numeric score, relative standing, and a detailed breakdown of their strengths and weaknesses. Participants with passing scores will earn a COSP certification; others receive certificates of participation.

Download COSP course description


Duration:  Three days
Exam: Includes half-day certification exam
Format:  Lecture with multimedia presentation 
Prerequisites:  Exposure to Public Housing Occupancy Guidebook (PHOG) helpful but not required 
Audience:  Public Housing Agency (PHA) staff and others involved in the low-income public housing program 
Provided:  COS-P Workbook; COS-P training notes 
Bring: Calculator (required); highlighter, sticky notes 

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