Frequently Asked Questions
Can I be a member and not enroll for FNHP courses?
Yes, you can! Members can partake in webinars, training opportunities and utilize the Knowledge Centre and the services provided by FNHPA even without pursuing their FNHP designation.
Who supports this designation?
The number of individuals and groups supporting the designation continue to grow. Certainly, the most important group are housing staff and employers. Membership is on the rise and at least 70% are looking to obtain the FNHP designation. In a few years graduates of the program will be able to obtain transfer credits from other institutions. In addition, CMHC and ISC support the designation and capacity development activities of the association.
Is my membership fee covered?
If you have completed either the SAIT, VIU, or CMHC Cégep Garneau housing courses it may be possible to get your first year of membership covered. CMHC has provided some scholarship funds to assist with one year of membership, Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR) application fees, exemption fees, and some conference registrations.
There is a perception that the Association if focused on Ontario First Nations, is this true?
The FNHPA is a National Association. Information and resources are based off of the national First Nations housing landscape. Housing tools, resources and issues from across Canada are incorporated into our Knowledge Centre, and the courses take into consideration the housing practice variances from region to region.
Can we set up learning in cohorts?
Yes, we can arrange cohort learning for a minimum of 15 participants, in French or English. We can also provide cohort webinars, workshops and intensives based on same numbers.
What is this designation going to do for me?
FNHPs are experts in housing management for First Nations organizations. This designation can support your goal to have a challenging and successful career. This designation will provide you with:
- Insight into the most advanced and up-to-date housing management practices and housing services issues facing First Nations organizations.
- Understanding of housing management and services; both as a source and interpreter on housing issues and housing management matters.
- Ability to improve the decision-making process. FNHPs are key players in developing strategy and delivering housing business plans and services.
- Understanding of the impact of technology. FNHP’s are multi-skilled and flexible. Their broad-based understanding and access to information, along with their experience and caring attitude, is invaluable in making the right decisions about technology that will promote administrative efficiencies.
Where is this designation recognized? Is it recognized by academia in all provinces?
While the FNHPA designation is fairly new, the FNHP designation is gaining traction and is recognized nationally. Formal Articulation Agreements will be explored with Institutions in a few years when there are FNHPs from the regular program. In the meantime, most institutions in Canada will review courses taken by individuals and as appropriate and applicable grant course credits. The First Nations Health Managers have a similar model of certification and their professionals are granted 15 credits at Athabasca University in Alberta. As well, AFOA designated CAFMs can apply for credit to pursue the CPA Professional Education Program.
What is the difference between this designation and the one certificate I have obtained through Vancouver Island University, SAIT, Cégep Garneau?
The Vancouver Island University program leads to a program certificate. The SAIT program did not lead to a certificate from SAIT. There is, however, a certificate of achievement provided. Cégep Garneau includes the VIU content and additional courses leading to the Attestation d’Études Collégiales. Exemptions as appropriate are provided for graduates of these programs. These programs do not lead to a professional designation.
The FNHPA grants a professional designation as it has competency standards, standards of ethical conduct, certification standards (courses, examinations, maintenance of certification requirements) and other services provided by a professional group. The courses build on housing courses delivered by VIU, SAIT and Cégep Garneau and provides a more extensive and complete learning which covers areas not taught through VIU, SAIT and Cégep Garneau courses.
How do the FNHP Online courses work? How much time do students need to commit each week?
There is no designated time to participate each week; each lesson can take place whenever is convenient and students can work at their own pace. Each course has a total of seven (7) lessons and two (2) assignments that are to be completed over a twelve (12) week period. On average, students should expect to devote approximately 3-7 hours per week on each lesson. The time for each learner will vary based on prior education and work experiences.
Can I just take 1 (or more) courses for my own professional development?
Yes, if you are not looking to commit to the FNHP designation, but are interested in one or more courses, you are welcome to take them. After completing a course, you will receive a completion certificate for that course.
Are there any extra materials required?
All the readings, lesson plans, discussion questions, assignments and quizzes are made available in the online course.
What can students expect to learn?
The certification program measures the following core competency domains:
- First Nations Housing History, Culture and Issues
- First Nations Housing Construction and Infrastructure Elements
- Housing Leadership, Plans, Policy and Accountability
- Management of Housing Programs
- Client Relations
- Housing Management Functional Supports
- Professionalism and Ethics
- Critical Skills
Within the eight domains there are over thirty core competencies, each with knowledge and skill indicators.