Collection: HCV Housing Quality Standards (HQS)


Maintain strong ties with owners and the community by ensuring inspectors thoroughly understand the required elements of HUD's housing quality standards (HQS) for the voucher program. This comprehensive three-day training provides information on general room standards, kitchens, bathrooms, electricity, plumbing, and security, including the lead-based paint regulations. Day 3 involves a site inspection and analysis of inspection results focusing on the four SEMAP indicators that relate to HQS inspections. This seminar has been fully updated for HUD's latest guidance regarding biennial inspections and includes a discussion of UPCS-V.

You'll learn about:

  • What constitutes a decent, safe, and sanitary unit
  • Developing local standards and the responsibilities of the inspector
  • HUD’s requirements for inspectors
  • Common Office of Inspector General (OIG) findings in recent audits
  • Electricity and security
  • Windows, walls, ceilings, floors, interior, and kitchen
  • Bathrooms
  • Building exterior
  • Heating and plumbing
  • General health and safety
  • Lead-based paint regulations
  • SEMAP performance indicators for HQS
  • How to conduct an on-site inspection

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of HCV Housing Quality Standards (HQS), you should have the skills needed to be an effective and efficient HQS inspector.

Day One

  • Recognize the HQS requirements for electricity, including the number of outlets required for each room, how outlets and fixtures must be installed, their workability, and identification of electrical hazards, and inspect and rate according to these requirements
  • Identify the minimum general security requirements in terms of accessibility and lockability, and inspect and rate according to these requirements
  • Define, inspect, and rate kitchens following the basic requirements, including what constitutes "fail" or "pass with comment" ratings for each aspect of the kitchen

Day Two

  • Inspect and rate bathrooms, building exterior, water and cooling system, and plumbing
  • Identify and appropriately address lead-based paint hazards and indoor air quality hazards
  • Recognize and apply the Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) indicators that apply to the HQS function

Day Three

  • Conduct an on-site inspection

Seminar #101-027

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METHOD: A group-live seminar featuring PowerPoint, case studies, group discussion, course book, and Q&A
LENGTH: Three days
AUDIENCE: HQS staff and inspection supervisors
EXAM: The certification exam is available for $175. Select the exam during checkout or click here to view a list of certification exams available.
CREDITS: CPE units = 22, CEU units w/ exam = 1.9
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