Trainings Calendar

Are you a housing counselor or other kind of nonprofit housing professional? Our workshops help you expand your knowledge and stay up to date on issues. 

Find other kinds of events on our general calendar.

Upcoming Trainings: 2019

 Storytelling for #ILGive (October 16, Springfield)

Telling stories can be a powerful way of connecting with prospective donorsbut it can be difficult to tell an effective story when you face time and space constraints, want to be both persuasive and authentic, and are competing for attention in the age of Netflix. During this workshop for organizations participating in Forefront’s #ILGive initiative, we’ll discuss how to navigate these challenges and share advice on how to shape a story even when it’s short and sweet.

Stay tuned for more details and registration

Annual Housing Matters! Conference (October 24  & 25, Bloomington)

Each year, we brings together hundreds of housing professionals who care about expanding and protecting affordable housing and ending homelessness in Illinois. Together, we build expertise, experience, and the capacity to make our communities better. During the conference, we offer workshops in four different tracks:

  • Public Policy Advocacy
  • Ending Homelessness
  • Housing Counseling
  • Affordable Housing Development

We also bring participants together for opening and closing sessions, our annual membership meeting, and an evening networking reception.

Learn more and register


Housing counselors must take and pass a HUD-administered certification exam by August 1, 2020 in order to continue working with clients at HUD-approved agencies. Housing Action is helping prepare counselors for the exam. See our upcoming trainings related to the exam below, find our FAQ on the exam here, and see other resources or take our quiz to see if you need to get certified here.


Study Group for HUD Housing Counseling Certification (Webinar Series)

Our online study group helps you gear up for the test in a supportive, peer-learning environment. Dedicate a full week to joining daily sessions that will help you prepare to ace the HUD exam’s different modules. Housing Action’s Wanda Collins will go over key content covered by the test, quiz you on what you’ve learned, and answer your most pressing questions about the exam.




Past Trainings: 2019

Study Group for HUD Housing Counseling Certification (Webinar Series)

  • Daily from January 22 – 28
  • April 22, 25 – 26, 29 – 30; May 1

Tips and Tools for Taking the HUD Certification Exam (August 6, Webinar)

Reverse Mortgage and Loss Mitigation (August 8, Chicago)

Saving Homes Through Bankruptcy (January 29, Webinar)

Counseling Clients with Student Loan Debt (March 6, Webinar)

Storytelling for Change

  • March 14, Mount Vernon
  • May 9, Peoria
  • July 18, Rockford
  • August 8, Hillside
  • August 22, Chicago

Developing Protections for Rent-to-Own Homebuyers (April 16, Webinar)

Fundamentals of Rental Housing Counseling

  • May 21-23, Chicago
  • July 16 – 18, Springfield

Dealing with Property of Elderly and Deceased Mortgagors (June 11, Webinar)

Marketing Strategies for Small Nonprofits 

  • July 16, East St. Louis
  • July 18, Springfield


Past Trainings: 2018

  • Grant Writing for Housing Nonprofits (February 15, Chicago; March 28, Springfield)
  • Credit as an Asset (February 27 – 28, Chicago)
  • Protections for Rent-to-Own Homebuyers in Illinois (March 9, Chicago; April 26, Webinar)
  • Fundamentals of Rental Housing Counseling (March 13 – 15, Chicago)
  • NeighborWorks HO250 – Homeownership Counseling Certification: Principles, Practices and Techniques, Part 1 (March 26 – 30, Chicago)
  • Housing Counselor Online Made Easy (April 4 – 5, Chicago)
  • Study Group for HUD Housing Counseling Certification (April 18 – May 30, Online; September 26 – October 26, Online & in Bloomington)
  • NeighborWorks HO345 – Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling Certification, Part 1 (May 21 – 25, Chicago)
  • NeighborWorks HO360 – Homeownership Counseling Certification for Program Managers and Executive Directors (July 16 – 20, Chicago)
  • Program Manager Training (August 13 – 17, Chicago), brought in partnership with RCAC
  • Illinois Anti-Predatory Lending Database (October 2, Webinar), brought in partnership with IDFPR
  • Foreclosure Law Guidelines (November 8, Webinar), brought in partnership with LAF
  • Student Loan Debt Training (November 13 – 15, Chicago)