Frequently Asked Questions

 

I am interested in becoming a member, how do I join? 

In order to become an FNHP, the following is required:

  1. Completion of the First Nations Housing Professionals Program requirements
  2. Completion of the Professional Examination
  3. Completion of two years of verified practical work experience
  4. Agreement to abide by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Ethical Conduct 

To be admitted as a candidate member of FNHPA you must be working in First Nations housing management or have an interest in working in First Nations housing management, and you must pay the required membership dues. Further information on membership and annual dues is available here.

 

How much does the program cost and how do I register?

Many employers will encourage their employees to enrol in the FNHM program and assist with the cost of course tuition. Employers may also assist with annual membership dues to FNHPA. Inquiries regarding educational assistance can be made with organizations involved in promoting and supporting educational activities. Course costs will start at $850 for online delivery and the intensive delivery at $2,200.

Further information on membership and annual dues is available here

 

Once I complete the program, will I be required to write an exam? 

The regular path involves taking or earning exemptions for courses as well as meeting the working experience requirements and successfully passing a professional examination. 

Prior to December 31, 2022, Candidates who meet the portfolio evidence will be exempt from the Professional Examination. After this date successful PLAR Candidates will be required to write the Professional Examination. 

 

I have over 7 years of experience as a housing professional, what do I need to do to complete the program?

If you have seven years or more experience, you may be eligible to challenge the certification by building a professional portfolio that will link your experience and education to the professional competencies. If you meet over 80% of the competencies and our assessors agree, you would be granted the FNHPA certification. View the PLAR requirements here.

 

What is the PLAR program?

The certification standards provide for a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process as an alternative path towards certification as a housing professional. PLAR affords individuals an opportunity to achieve credit toward certification based on past experience, professional development and education.

When all requirements have been met and candidates are eligible for professional certification, the professional designation will be granted. For more information on the PLAR process, see the PLAR Information Guide

 

I am a SAIT graduate, what do I need to do to complete the FNHP certification?

If you have less than seven years of experience you will be required to take the regular path to certification. The regular path involves taking courses as well as meeting the working experience requirements and successfully passing the professional examination. 

If you have graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology with a First Nations Housing Management Program Certificate of Achievement, then you will be eligible for exemption from the following courses:

  • FNHP-100: First Nations Housing History and Infrastructure
  • FNHP-300: Management of Housing Programs

For more information regarding the program structure, see the FNHPA Membership Information Guide. 

 

I am a VIU graduate, what do I need to do to complete the FNHP certification? 

If you have less than seven years of experience you will be required to take the regular path to certification. The regular path involves taking courses as well as meeting the working experience requirements and successfully passing the professional examination.

If you have graduated from Vancouver Island University with a First Nations Housing Manager Certificate, then you will be eligible for exemption from the following courses: 

  • FNHP-100: First Nations Housing History and Infrastructure
  • FNHP-300: Management of Housing Programs
  • FNHP-400: Housing Mgmt. Functional Supports 

For more information regarding the program structure, see the FNHPA Membership Information Guide.

 

I am a CEGEP graduate, what do I need to do to complete the FNHP certification? 

If you have less than seven years of experience you will be required to take the regular path to certification. The regular path involves taking courses as well as meeting the working experience requirements and successfully passing the professional examination. 

If you have graduated from the AC5 Housing Manager Program for First Nation Communities of Quebec from Cegep Garnue, then you will be eligible for exemption from the following courses: 

  • FNHP-100: First Nations Housing History and Infrastructure
  • FNHP-300: Management of Housing Programs
  • FNHP-400: Housing Mgmt. Functional Supports

For more information regarding the program structure, see the FNHPA Membership Information Guide.