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Note: There are no course offerings scheduled at this time.

The COAH Education Program is a cooperative effort between Rutgers University and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs–Council on Affordable Housing. The program promotes standards by which COAH approves Municipal Housing Liaisons (MHLs), Administrative Agents (AAs) and Regional Contribution Agreement (RCA) Administrators.

COAH has approved all of the below-listed courses for credit toward its certification.

Course Descriptions

 

Module I: Overview of Affordable Housing Administration

5 hours
This class gives a broad-based understanding of COAH. Half of the day focuses on the history of the Mount Laurel decisions which led to the creation of COAH, and the rules and regulations that govern it. The rest of the day delves into the administration of affordable units and the application of the Uniform Housing Affordability Controls. A final exam is administered in open-book format. This course is required for all MHLs, AAs and RCA Administrators.

Module II: Records Management

3 hours
This half-day course examines the requirements for the use, retention and release of records kept by municipalities and administrative agents in the course of the administration of affordable units. The highly sensitive nature of some of the documents required for qualification for affordable housing necessitates strict measures in their protection. The course also goes into Open Public Records Act requirements and how to comply. A final exam is administered in open-book format. This course is required for all AAs.

Module III: Ethics

3 hours
This half-day session focuses on the nature of the public trust and the “rules” for ethical behavior that are relevant for affordable housing professionals. New Jersey law and other relevant regulations and ethical standards are examined and applied to ethical issues using a case study approach. A final exam is administered in open-book format. This course is required for all AAs.

Note: This course is jointly offered through Rutgers’ Affordable Housing Professional Certification Program, in which it is titled Ethics for Affordable Housing Professionals. Reciprocal credit is granted across both programs.

Module IV: Qualifying Households for Affordable Housing

6 hours
This full-day course teaches Administrative Agents what to know when qualifying applicants for affordable housing. From what to look for when starting a new project to requirements for qualification in the Uniform Housing Affordability Controls to hands on experience and thoughtful advice from seasoned Administrative Agents, this class will give an overview of the regulations and the step-by-step procedures for the qualification process. A final exam is administered in open-book format. This course is required for all AAs.

MODULE V: Fair Housing

3 hours
This half-day session centers on discrimination in housing, including state and federal legislation. It discusses who can be penalized, how disabilities are defined, what are reasonable accommodations, and what policies and procedures should be established and followed. The Fair Housing complaint process is also reviewed, and a multitude of resources (written, audio, visual, etc.) are shared. This course is required for all AAs.

Note: This course is jointly offered through Rutgers’ Affordable Housing Professional Certification Program, in which it is titled Fair Housing. Reciprocal credit is granted across both programs.
 

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This program is designed to train municipal tax assessors in the duties and responsibilities of their office and assist in staff development. It also provides general preparation for the State Certified Tax Assessors (CTA) examination (Please note that Assessment Administration courses are not prerequisites for this exam). Experienced professionals from state, county, and local government, as well as private-sector appraisal specialists, comprise the program’s coadjutant faculty.

Tax assessors, other municipal officials, and interested citizens may enroll in the individual courses, provided that they have satisfied any prerequisites and that space is available. Registration for all classes is determined by the Center for Government Services at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Typically, both fall and spring semester courses are scheduled in convenient and varied locations throughout the state, with times and sites announced in advance of each semester. One-day seminars, and the New Jersey Assessors Continuing Education Program, also are offered each year and are announced in separate program brochures.

Course Descriptions

 

Property Tax Administration

The 42-hour Property Tax Administration (PTA) course is divided into two parts.

Part 1 (24 hours) covers New Jersey government and the statutory basis of assessing, including administration of local government, public records, necessary equipment, deductions, and the assessor's calendar.

Part 2 (24 hours) covers valuation methods and applications, including three approaches to value, equalization, the appeals process, exemptions, abatements, farmland valuation and rollback, and reassessment/revaluation. Part 2 may be taken before Part 1.
 

IAAO Course 1: Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal

The Rutgers Center for Government Services (CGS) has an agreement with the International Association of Assessing Officials (IAAO) to offer several courses on a certified model basis. IAAO-certified instructors constitute the faculty; IAAO educational staff provide the examinations and are responsible for grading and centralized record retention. CGS administers all other program details. IAAO requires 90% attendance.

The 33-hour Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal course emphasizes the theory and techniques of the cost and sales comparative approaches to value. Students review terminology, basic appraisal and economic principles, general principles of land valuation, the assessment function, and the mass appraisal process. The course includes a review and an exam.

IAAO Course 2: Income Approach to Valuation

The Rutgers Center for Government Services (CGS) has an agreement with the International Association of Assessing Officials (IAAO) to offer several courses on a certified model basis. IAAO-certified instructors constitute the faculty; IAAO educational staff provides the examinations and are responsible for grading and centralized record retention. CGS administers all other program details. IAAO requires 90% attendance.

The 33-hour Income Approach to Valuation covers the theory and techniques of estimating value by the capitalized earnings approach. Material covered includes the selection of capitalization rates, analysis of income and expense in the determination of income to be capitalized, and capitalization methods and techniques. Rental units of comparison, real estate finance, and investment are treated. The course includes a review and an exam. 

Please note: As a course prerequisite, students must satisfactorily complete IAAO Course 1: Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal. This prerequisite cannot be waived.

Review Course - Appraisal and Assessment Administration Course Review

This review course includes an intensive, two-day comprehensive review of the assessment appraisal processes, utilizing the cost, market, and income approaches to value. As a course prerequisite, a student must have satisfactorily completed at a minimum any Property Tax Administration course and the IAAO course #1.

County Tax Administration

This 24-hour course expands upon the Property Tax Administration course with an in-depth examination of property tax administered at the county level. The course covers county board organization, the sales ratio program, development of the equalized table and abstract of ratio, a review of exemptions, the tax appeal process, and supervision of assessors.

This course is mandatory for all new tax administrators and is advanced in nature. It is recommended that only students who have successfully completed all other property tax courses, or experienced CTA holders, enroll.

One-Day Semin​ars

As interest warrants, the Rutgers Center for Government Services offers one-day seminars dealing with various problems and the more advanced aspects of assessment administration on a state or regional basis.

Continuing Education

Certificates for each Assessment Administration course are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the class hours, passing the required examinations, and full payment of fees.

Information About the CTA Exam

For further information about the CTA exam, refer to N.J.S.A. 54:135.25 to 135.34, or contact the Local Property Branch of the New Jersey Division of Taxation at 609-292-7975 or visit the website.

IAAO Credit by Examination

Individuals wishing to challenge an IAAO examination without having taken Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal (IAAO Course 1) or Income Approach to Valuation (IAAO Course 2), students who withdrew from a course, and students who did not sit for the exam upon completion of a course or who failed an exam upon completion of a course may apply to sit for the exam. If a prerequisite is listed, applicants who have not taken the course are strongly urged to attempt the prerequisite examination. Applications are available from IAOO. For more information, contact IAAO at 800.616.IAAO (4226).

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The Affordable Housing Professionals Certification Program is a cooperative endeavor between the Center for Government Services (CGS) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and the Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey (AHPNJ). It is a professional development course of study for individuals who work toward the support and provision of affordable housing, covering federally-funded programs as well as the state regulatory program.

The mission of AHPNJ is:

  • to promote and enhance professionalism and knowledge in the field by supporting affordable housing through dialogue, ethical standards, education, advocacy and policy guidance;
  • to establish “best practices” for housing procedure and protocol in the interrelated fields of administrative agents, architects, developers, property managers, state and municipal employees, non-profit and for-profit corporations, human/social service providers, financial institutions, planners and attorneys;
  • to establish resources for professional assistance;
  • to promote competency and expertise in the affordable housing industry that is desirable to employers, peers, advocates and clients;
  • and to promote compassion in the agencies and individuals that support the provision of affordable housing.

Course Descriptions

 

Certificate Requirements

To qualify for the Rutgers/AHPNJ certificate, participants must successfully complete 33 hours of classroom training. Successful completion is defined as 80% attendance of the class hours and a passing grade of 70% or higher on the final examination.

The four required courses total 24 hours. The remaining nine hours are accrued from electives approved by CGS and AHPNJ.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Affordable Housing for NJ Municipalities
  • Determining Eligibility for Affordable Housing Programs
  • Fair Housing
  • Ethics for Affordable Housing Professionals
 

Approved Elective Courses

 

Required Courses 

 

Introduction to Affordable Housing for New Jersey Municipalities

12 hours
This two-day course defines affordable housing programs. Topics covered include the history of housing policy, the laws, regulations and court cases relative to affordable housing at both the federal and the state level, and their impact on housing availability. Students are familiarized with various programs, funding sources, regulatory entities, rules and regulations all related to the evolution of affordable housing. A final exam is administered in open-book format.

Determining Eligibility for Affordable Housing Programs

6 hours
This full-day course provides a basic understanding of the required steps necessary for determining “eligibility” to buy or rent an affordable housing unit. It reviews common components including determining household size, calculating income and assets, verifying information, comparing to posted limits, etc. The course also reviews key differences between programs or regulatory bodies including ramifications for errors made. It provides students with “tricks of the trade” and best practices. A final exam is administered in open-book format.

Fair Housing

3 hours
This half-day session centers on discrimination in housing, including state and federal legislation. It discusses who can be penalized, how disabilities are defined, what are reasonable accommodations, and what policies and procedures should be established and followed. The Fair Housing complaint process is also reviewed, and a multitude of resources (written, audio, visual, etc.) are shared. A final exam is administered in open-book format.

Note: This course is jointly offered through Rutgers’ COAH Education Program, in which it is titled COAH Module V: Fair Housing. Reciprocal credit is granted across both programs.

Ethics for Affordable Housing Professionals

3 hours
This half-day session focuses on the nature of the public trust and the “rules” for ethical behavior that are relevant for affordable housing professionals. New Jersey law and HUD regulations are examined and applied to ethical issues using a case study approach. A final exam is administered in open-book format.

Note: This course is jointly offered through Rutgers’ COAH Education Program, in which it is titled COAH Module III: Ethics. Reciprocal credit is granted across both programs.

 

Approved Elective Courses

 

Planning and Development of Affordable Housing

6 hours

Nontraditional development opportunities for housing authorities and redevelopment agencies are explored in this one-day course, including housing provided under the state’s Mount Laurel requirements. Strategies for developing housing within a wide range of are discussed, and the household income levels established by various federal and state programs are described. Specific attention is given to “how-to” tips for establishing and working with nonprofit corporations. 

Records Management for Affordable Housing

3 hours

This half-day course examines the requirements for the use, retention and release of records kept by municipalities and their outsourced agencies providing affordable housing services in the course of the administration of affordable units. The course also reviews the Open Public Records Act requirements and compliance. 

Qualifying Households for AFFORDABLE HOUSING

6 hours
This full-day course teaches Administrative Agents what to know when qualifying applicants for affordable housing. From what to look for when starting a new project to requirements for qualification in the Uniform Housing Affordability Controls to hands on experience and thoughtful advice from seasoned Administrative Agents, this class will give an overview of the regulations and the step-by-step procedures for the qualification process. A final exam is administered in open-book format.

Note #1: This course is jointly offered through Rutgers’ COAH Education Program, in which it is titled COAH Module IV: Qualifying Households for Affordable Housing. Reciprocal credit is granted across both programs.

Note #2: This course is highly recommended as an elective for Administrative Agents.

municipal process for residential development

6 hours

This course will provide students with an understanding as to how affordable units are decided and placed in the community. Topics include how sites are determined; guidelines currently in effect to determine affordable housing obligations; roles of the planning board and governing body; working with developers; working with affordable housing commissions; and knowing how to read a site plan to find the affordable housing components. A final exam is administered in open-book format.
 
Note: Prerequisite: Introduction to Affordable Housing for NJ Municipalities
 

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The New Jersey Local Redevelopment and Housing Law of 1992 requires all commissioners and executive directors of local public housing authorities and redevelopment agencies to complete a comprehensive training program consisting of required and elective courses. Under N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-45, commissioners must complete their training within 18 months of appointment and executive directors within two years of appointment. A certificate of recognition is awarded to participants who successfully complete the program.

The complete course of study provides commissioners and executive directors with the opportunity to enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to oversee and administer the operations of housing authorities and redevelopment agencies. This series of courses is designed to clarify the scope of authority and the decision-making responsibilities of both positions. It also familiarizes commissioners and executive directors with state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for managing public housing units and redevelopment activities.

Required courses are tailored specifically to the needs of either commissioners or executive directors, while most of the electives are designed for both audiences. Many of the topics also should be of interest to housing authority and redevelopment agency staff members, including counsel, and they are encouraged to attend relevant sessions.

Program Requirements

 

Housing Authority Executive Directors

This program involves 10 courses, all of which must be completed within two years of appointment. Executive directors for housing authorities that also are redevelopment agencies must complete an eleventh course, Principles of Redevelopment.

Required Courses:

  • Ethics
  • Executive Housing Management
  • Financial Management
  • Maintenance Management
  • Procurement and Contract Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • PHM Certification*

*This course is not offered by Rutgers. Credit will be awarded for completion of a Public Housing Manager training program offered by Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Nan McKay and Associates, Inc., National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), National Center for Housing Management, or another nationally-recognized provider approved by NJDCA. The PHM program may be completed in a classroom or online. To receive credit, a copy of the certificate of completion from the sponsoring organization must be submitted to:

Christine Cicio
Program Coordinator
Center for Government Services
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
303 George Street, Suite 604
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2020-5541

Electives (participants choose three)

  • Asset Management
  • Design Principles for Redevelopment Projects
  • Legal Issues
  • Planning and Development of Affordable Housing
  • Principles of Redevelopment
  • Public Housing Assessment System and Section 8 Management Assessment Program (PHAS and SEMAP)
  • Public Relations/Communications
  • Tenant-Based Assistance Programs

 

Housing Authority Com​missioners

Housing authority commissioners must complete five courses within 18 months of appointment. Commissioners for housing authorities that also are redevelopment agencies must complete a sixth course, Principles of Redevelopment.

Required Courses:

  • Ethics
  • Financial Issues and Procedures
  • Public Housing Assessment System and Section 8 Management Assessment Program (PHAS and SEMAP)
  • Skills for Commissioners

Electives (participants choose one):

  • Asset Management
  • Design Principles for Redevelopment Projects
  • Legal Issues
  • Planning and Development of Affordable Housing
  • Principles of Redevelopment
  • Procurement for Commissioners
  • Public Relations/Communications
  • Strategic Planning
  • Tenant-Based Assistance Programs

 

Redevelopment Agency Executive Directors

This program includes four courses, all of which must be completed within two years of appointment.

Required Courses:

  • Ethics
  • Planning and Development of Affordable Housing
  • Principles of Redevelopment

Electives (participants choose one):

  • Design Principles for Redevelopment Projects
  • Negotiating Redeveloper Agreements

 

Redevelopment Agency Commissioners

Redevelopment agency commissioners must complete two courses within 18 months of appointment.

Required Courses:

  • Ethics
  • Principles of Redevelopment

Electives:

  • None
 

Course Descriptions

Asset Management

6 Hours
This course provides an overview of asset management as a business model in the multi-family housing industry. HUD’s asset management mandate is explained, and the numerous decisions and actions that must be taken by public housing authorities to comply with the requirements contained in 24 CFR 990 are discussed. This course is an elective for housing authority (HA) executive directors and HA commissioners. It is offered once per year.

Design Principles for Redevelopment Projects

3 Hours
This half-day or evening session provides a brief introduction to state planning policies, past and present. It focuses on “bricks and mortar” policies that promote compact, mixed-use, human-scale, and pedestrian- and transit-friendly development in our downtowns and neighborhoods. The presentation, which combines slides, lecture, and hands-on exercises, is particularly relevant for redevelopment agency executive directors. This course is an elective for HA executive directors, redevelopment agency (RA) executive directors, and HA commissioners. It is offered once per year.

Executive Housing Management

12 Hours
This two-day program offers executive directors the opportunity to improve their administrative and leadership skills. Organizational and behavioral issues are analyzed in the context of the key functions of the position, including planning, staffing, and managing. Personnel management is emphasized and topics such as time management, conflict resolution, and team-building are covered. This course is required for HA executive directors. It is offered once per year.

Ethics

6 Hours
This full-day session focuses on the nature of the public trust and the “rules” for ethical behavior that are relevant for public housing authority and redevelopment officials. New Jersey law and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations are examined and applied to ethical issues using a case study approach. This course is required for all executive directors and commissioners. It is offered four or more times per year.

Financial Issues and Procedures

6 Hours
Financial issues are central to the public housing commissioner’s responsibilities. This one-day program covers the basic accounting and legal requirements imposed by HUD and NJDCA in plain language so that commissioners will clearly understand their fiduciary obligations on behalf of the housing authority. The budget preparation process, as well as reporting and audit requirements, are reviewed in detail. This course is required for HA commissioners. It is offered four or more times per year.

Financial Management

6 Hours
This one-day course offers executive directors a “big picture” approach to fiscal resource management, including guidance on the implementation of HUD’s asset management rules. The implications of HUD funding requirements are considered along with New Jersey’s Local Authorities Fiscal Control Act. Budget preparation, financial reporting and the audit process are discussed in practical terms. This course is required for HA executive directors. It is offered once per year.

Legal Issues

6 Hours
This seminar is intended to provide a practical overview of state statutes and federal legal requirements pertaining to housing authorities. Six major topic areas are covered: tenancy and evictions, Section 8 contracts and leases, personnel rights and responsibilities, contractual agreements, general litigation and liability, and the federal Fair Housing Act. This course is an elective for HA executive directors and HA commissioners. It is offered once per year.

Maintenance Management

6 Hours
Maintenance management includes such diverse topics as budget preparation, staffing, quality control, workorder systems, resident involvement, and insurance and liability. This one-day program addresses each of these issues and uses examples of well-maintained public housing authorities to illustrate the concepts learned. The impact of HUD’s asset management approach on maintenance operations is discussed. This course is required for HA executive directors. It is offered once per year.

Negotiating Redeveloper Agreements

3 Hours
Every redevelopment project is different, and the terms that an agency may be able to negotiate with a potential developer vary greatly. In this three-hour session the nuts and bolts of negotiating agreements with redevelopers are discussed, and agreement language is analyzed. The extent to which various types of projects can support specific developer contributions or require governmental assistance also is evaluated. This course is an elective for RA executive directors. It is offered once per year pending availability of content and instructor.

Planning and Development of Affordable Housing

6 Hours
Nontraditional development opportunities for housing authorities and redevelopment agencies are explored in this one-day course, including housing provided under the state’s Mount Laurel requirements. Strategies for developing housing within a wide range of affordability are discussed, and the household income levels established by various federal and state programs are described. Specific attention is given to “how-to” tips for establishing and working with nonprofit corporations. This course is an elective for HA executive directors and HA commissioners; it is a required course for RA executive directors. It is offered once per year.

Principles of Redevelopment

6 Hours
Housing authorities and redevelopment agencies have a stake in the creation and maintenance of safe, livable neighborhoods and the expansion of economic opportunities in their communities. This course offers a comprehensive overview of the redevelopment process along with the planning and financing strategies that are essential to successful revitalization efforts. This course is required for RA executive directors, executive directors of HAs that are also RAs, and RA commissioners; it is an elective for executive directors of standard HAs and for HA commissioners. It is offered two or more times per year.

Procurement and Contract Management for Executive Directors

6 Hours
This one-day course familiarizes participants with the “Model Statement of Procurement Policy for Public Housing Authorities Operating in New Jersey.” This policy provides a comprehensive approach to implementing federal and state procurement regulations and merges them into a single handbook. Participants learn how to use the model policy as well as other sources of procurement law and regulations. Procurement and contract officers as well as PHA counsel are encouraged to attend. This course is required for HA executive directors. It is offered once per year.

Procurement for Commissioners

6 Hours
This one-day course provides commissioners with a basic understanding of their role in establishing procurement policy and monitoring the housing authority’s expenditures. HUD regulations and New Jersey procurement laws are reviewed with a focus on the oversight responsibilities of the board of commissioners. This course is an elective for HA commissioners. It is offered once per year.

Public Housing Assessment System and Section Eight Management Assessment Program

(PHAS and SEMAP)

5 Hours
This session covers the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) and the Section 8 Management Assessment Program (SEMAP). The indicators in both evaluation systems are explained in detail, including how each is measured and graded. The use of PHAS and SEMAP as management tools for improving housing authority performance is highlighted. This course is required for HA commissioners; it is an elective for HA executive directors. It is offered four or more times per year.

Public Relations/Communications

6 Hours
When should a housing authority hold a press conference? Who are the local media, and what do they want? This useful program addresses these questions and more, including image building and managing the media during a crisis. The roles of the commissioner and the executive director in dealing with the media are discussed, and many “how-to” tips are given. This course is an elective for HA executive directors and HA commissioners. It is offered once per year.

Skills for Commissioners

6 Hours
This one-day seminar clarifies the commissioner’s role and focuses on the management and communication skills required to be an effective board member. Topics include the history of public housing, ethical considerations, setting policy vs. administering policy, and the board’s relationship with the executive director. General board development issues such as effective communication, cooperative decision-making, and problem-solving techniques also are covered. This course is required for HA commissioners. It is offered four or more times per year.

Strategic Planning

6 Hours
This course provides a basic understanding of strategic planning concepts and the critical elements of a successful planning process. The requirements of HUD’s 5-Year Agency Plan and Annual Plan are reviewed, and a step-by-step approach to developing both plans is presented. The executive director’s leadership role and the board’s responsibilities are identified and discussed in practical terms. All of the topics are presented in the context of asset management and project-based accounting requirements. This course is required for HA executive directors; it is an elective for HA commissioners. It is offered once per year.

Tenant-Based Assistance Programs

6 Hours
This full-day course provides an overview of the Housing Choice Voucher program and presents basic information about the operational requirements. It is intended to offer BOTH executive directors and commissioners guidance on how to design and implement a tenant-based assistance program, and covers such issues as tenant selection priorities, the calculation of subsidies, and housing quality standards. This course is an elective for HA executive directors and HA commissioners. It is offered once per year.

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