Healthy Homes Specialist Credential

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WHO?

Is it your job to interview residents about their homes? Do you use a comprehensive approach to assess their homes? Do you prioritize the hazards that you find and work with the resident to develop an action plan? Then you should earn the Healthy Homes Specialist (HHS) Credential.

WHY?

The country has entered a “prove it” economy in which codified skills are currency . . . 
degrees, from associates to doctorates . . . are joined—maybe trumped—by thousands of
resume-worthy credentials from shorter, non-degree programs.
“When a College Degree Isn’t Enough”, The Atlantic, April 27, 2017

Having a bachelor’s or even a master’s degree in your field (or maybe in a totally unrelated field) is the traditional path to landing a new job, earning a promotion or a salary increase. But earning the Healthy Homes Specialist (HHS) Credential proves to your employer (or a future employer) that you have the specific skills and knowledge needed to assess homes for housing-related health hazards.

WHAT?

The first and only credential of its kind, the HHS credential signifies that an individual understands the connection between housing hazards and health, has demonstrated competency in these principles, and knows how to put them into practice in homes. This designation signifies that HHS credential holders are experts who work with families to identify problems that threaten their health and well-being and make recommendations for resolving these problems.

HOW?

The National Healthy Homes Training Center’s Healthy Homes Assessment and Interventions (HHAI) course is designed to prepare you for the HHS Credential exam. You can supplement your preparation–or prepare on your own–by reviewing a set of online references for the exam.

Comments from individuals who have earned the Healthy Homes Specialist Credential:

“It has given me tools for quantifying my observations, confidence in performing my job, and valuable reference guides.”

“The Credential gives people confidence in my skills and abilities.”

“We use the state and federal weatherization plus health funding and this credential has allowed me to view homes more completely.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has all the details you need on earning this valuable credential.