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Housing Quality Standards (HQS)

Course Type:

  • Scheduled
  • Custom Course

Description:

Quadel’s Housing Quality Standards (HQS) training is a one and one-half day workshop, followed by a certification examination administered in the afternoon of the second day.  The workshop includes classroom lecture and discussion, PowerPoint slides, and presentation of a training film.  The course provides an overview of HQS and a program update, followed by a review of general HQS requirements, including performance measures, acceptability criteria, HQS versus local codes, inspection procedures, and lead-based paint requirements. A discussion and review of HUD's HQS inspection forms are also included.
 
The training also focuses on HQS management issues related to the Housing Choice Voucher program including issues related to briefing tenants and owners, quality control, monitoring, and rent reasonableness determinations.

Participants receive Quadel’s HQS course book. All of Quadel’s course books are designed to serve as “plain English” reference manuals to assist program staff in their daily functions more efficiently after attending the course.  

Certification:

Quadel offers an optional HQS certification examination on the afternoon of the second day.  The 3-hour examination is open book and includes true/false questions, mini exercises and case studies.  Participants who successfully pass the examination receive the HQS designation and a formal certificate suitable for framing attesting to their proficiency.  The HQS designation is recognized by professionals in the assisted housing management industry nationwide and provides employers the security of knowing that an HQS certified employee has mastered the complex issues faced by inspectors in inspecting properties in the Housing Choice Voucher program.   HQS certification provides access to a broad support network and Ask an Expert.  In addition, HQS certification provides recognition in the Quadel Certification Register.

Who Should Attend:

Front-line inspection staff, and supervisors/managers responsible for HCV program compliance

Training Topics:

Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Two-day Training with Optional Examination

  • Introduction & Overview
  • HQS Performance Requirements
  • Acceptability Criteria
  • HQS and Local Codes
  • SEMAP for Inspections
  • Inspection Procedures
  • Use of HQS Forms
  • Management Issues
  • HQS General Requirements
    • Electricity and Hazards
    • Security
    • Windows
    • Floors
    • Walls
    • Ceilings
    • Bathrooms and Kitchens
    • Exteriors
    • Heating and Plumbing
  • General Health and Safety
  • Lead Based Paint Rules and Requirements
  • PHA Responsibilities
  • Certification Examination

*Based on a daily schedule of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with a lunch break from Noon – 1 p.m.  Participants are responsible for their own lunch.