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Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program (TSHEP)

Legislative Overview

In 1997, the 75th Texas Legislature passed HB 2577, which charged the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) with the development and implementation of a statewide homebuyer education program, designed to provide information and counseling to prospective homebuyers about the home buying process. The Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program (TSHEP) was created to fulfill this mandate.

In 2016, TDHCA launched Texas Homebuyer U, offering a tuition free and convenient online homebuyer education course. The two-hour “Becoming A Homeowner” course will walk a potential homebuyer through three important phases of the home buying process: one, preparing for homeownership; two, financing your home; and three, purchasing your home. A Certificate of Completion is provided to all individuals who successfully complete the course. Since the inception of the online homebuyer education course, approx. 4,800 individuals have successfully completed the online course

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Join us for the TSHEP Homebuyer Education Training:
Homebuyer Education Methods: Training the Trainer (HO229)
April 9-13, 2018

NeighborWorks America has teamed up with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to bring you top-notch training via the Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program.

Join us for this pre-purchase homeownership education course that is designed to teach participants how to deliver a comprehensive homebuyer education training in a group setting. Learn to use the best materials and methods to train homebuyers to shop for a home, get a mortgage loan, improve their budget and credit profiles and maintain their home and finances after purchase. Participants will engage in hands-on activities that will help them improve their facilitation skills and deliver interactive training sessions based upon adult education methodology. Participants should be fully familiar with mortgage industry terminology and processes prior to taking this class.


Limited scholarships are available for free tuition and lodging. If space is available, multiple applications from one agency may be approved.

When applying for the scholarship please use code TX4918. Application deadline is March 19, 2018. http://training.nw5.org/schol_event?event=835

Training and Certification Program

To ensure uniform quality of the homebuyer education provided throughout the state, TDHCA partnered with NeighborWorks America, a nationally recognized organization, to administer TSHEP and to teach local nonprofit organizations the principles and applications of comprehensive pre- and post purchase homebuyer education, and to certify participants as providers. To date approximately 731 individuals have been certified as homebuyer education providers by the Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program.

For more information regarding the Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program, you may contact Dina Gonzalez (Texas Homeownership Division) at (512) 475-3993.

Homebuyer Education Counseling

Texans in need of homebuyer education/credit counseling assistance can get a list of certified providers in their area of the state using Help for Texans. A homebuyer education course is required by all TDHCA homeownership programs. The requirement can be satisfied through completion of a course provided by a HUD-approved, non-profit organization or government entity, a HUD-approved online course, or the free on-line course available through TDHCA’s Texas Homebuyer U.

Complete list of Texas Statewide Homebuyer Education Program (TSHEP) certified providers