Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO)
The Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO) is the only comprehensive program covering the entire HUD Handbook 4350.3 including the latest revisions. Following either the NAHMA CPO Course or the AHMA East Texas Occupancy Training Program, participants must pass a rigorous one-half day exam to become certified CPOs. Those successfully passing the course receive a CPO certificate and lapel pin. The CPO is a requirement for NAHMA’s NAHP certification program.
Challenging the CPO Examination:
Managers who have received extensive Occupancy training on HUD Handbook 4350.3, and who feel confident of their knowledge, may choose to challenge the CPO Examination. When challenging the examination, it is highly recommended that participants take the challenge exam in conjunction with a CPO Review Course. Review Courses are offered annually by AHMA East Texas and include a review of the CPO material as well as on-site proctoring for the examination. Check our Calendar page to see if a Review Course is scheduled.
Challenge participants must submit an application to NAHMA to challenge the exam ($50). They must also purchase the NAHMA manual for the course to be used as a study guide. An application form to challenge the exam and purchase "Challenge" and 4350.3 manuals is provided below. Please note that the Challenge application and the manual order forms are submitted to different locations.
The AHMA East Texas Occupancy Training Series is a comprehensive 4-part course providing intensive, "hands-on" training in occupancy regulations and practices to both new and experienced housing personnel - a total of 24 hours of training featuring case studies and class interaction. Students acquire practical skills that they may immediately take back to their workplace. All four courses are offered each year by AHMA East Texas. HUD Handbook 4350.3 is used as the text for these courses.
AHMA East Texas Occupancy Courses
Please see our Calendar for a list of courses offered this year.