IAHMA 2021




Course Descriptions & Instructor Bios: (Clink class title links below)

      8:00 AM - 5:00PM,  April 19 & 20, 2021

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      8:00 AM - 5:00 PM April 27 & 28, 2021

Registration Closes

      UPCS - 9 PM - 2:00 PM May 3, 2021

      NSPIRE - 9:00 AM 1:00 PM May 4, 2021

      8:00 AM - 5:00 PM May 3, 4, 5 & 6, 2021

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      8:00 AM - 5;00 PM May 24 & 25, 2021

Registration Closed

Each attendee must be registered separately online!

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Please note!! You may pay by check and save registration processing fees if you pay directly to IAHMA.


If  your are paying by check,you must send an Excel registration spreadsheet containing: Mr./Ms, first and last name, email address, company, phone number and class attendee will be attending for EACH attendee. Send your Excel to info@idahoahma.org

Fair Housing and Reasonable Accommodation

NMA and HAI Group have teamed up to bring you one of the most comprehensive certification courses, which covers the essentials of federal fair housing laws relevant to public housing, and HCV course operations. Brush up, and get certified today as this course has been completely revamped with expanded and updated content, including the latest HUD guidance on HOTMA and LEP.


                                   Trainer: Adam Ensalaco

                                   NMA trainer Adam Ensalaco specializes in making rent calculation easier to                                             understand and clearing up common misconceptions about the process. Adam                                       has previous experience in the affordable housing industry working to house                                           people with disabilities and training    housing authorities on reasonable                                                   accommodations and has been a part of the NMA team for nearly a decade.


Managing Rural Development Compliance

The purpose of this course is to provide information for all interested personnel to successfully provide housing through RD regulations. This 1 ½ day course includes the optional live HCM-R exam.

Day 1 of this training will start with an overview of the RD Programs handbook HB – 2-3560 and the regulation 3560. We will then cover the housing programs under section 515 including family, elderly and congregate properties and how to maintain them. This section is followed by marketing and the application process. This includes the Civil Rights Act and the Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan (AFHMP) which covers application requirements, wait lists, and the required notices. We then discuss the project occupancy requirements on family, elderly and congregate properties and how to calculate income (7CFR .560.153 refers to 24 CFR 5.609 & 11) and assets along with allowable deductions and determining rent.

Day 2 covers the Recertification process for annual recerts, recerts due because of income or occupancy changes, and ineligible tenants. Lease requirements, tenant warning and termination concludes day 2 with a final review of the course.

Each attendee who completes this course will receive a useful course manual with references, and a certificate of attendance which counts towards their continuing education hours.

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Trainer: Ronnette Smith

As a Trainer with Zeffert and Associate, Ronnette brings over 15 years of affordable housing industry experience to her role. Prior to joining Zeffert & Associates, Ronnette began her career in affordable housing in 2001 working as a Compliance Coordinator for The Wilson Company where she ensured LIHTC compliance requirements for over 30 communities throughout the state of Florida. In 2013, she assumed the role as Sales and Marketing Manager where she conducted marketing and LIHTC training for over 30 communities. Her understanding of compliance policies, procedures, and training have given Ronnette the ability to provide the best compliance service possible. She holds a degree from Rollins College in English.


Ronnette lives in Florida and has been a resident all her life. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, leisure travel, visiting theme parks with her daughter, and crafting new projects.Ronnette holds the HCCP designation.


UPCS Fundamentals / NSPIRE


Our training will include an overview of the UPCS coupled with in-depth study of the most critical inspectable areas. Using hundreds of actual photos, our instructor will educate you on what to look for when entering every apartment. Our training will include an in-depth review of the UPCS protocol coupled with a detailed study of the each inspectable areas (including point values for every defect). Additionally, we will work with PHA personnel to develop a simple yet detailed, singlesheet checklist that can be used by maintenance mechanics when entering any unit to aid in locating and alleviating defects according to UPCS throughout the entire year. This training and checklist will ensure you are ready for your next REAC inspection.

Using actual photos, we will ensure you have a complete understanding of the :Outside" portion of the NSPIRE protocol coupled with a detil stud of each inspectiable area.

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Trainer: John Emery

John Emery was one of HUD’s original Certified REAC Inspectors back in the 90’s and later a HUD REAC Trainer. In 2000, John decided to ‘jump ship’ and use his UPCS expertise in assisting the affordable housing industry in preparing for these HUD/REAC inspections. He helped form US Inspection Group which is now the nation’s leading UPCS/REAC consulting firm with over 1500 clients in 45 states. John also is the author of USIG’s best selling UPCS Guidebook that has been instrumental in housing finally having an understanding of REAC’s confusing point system.


The training course is presented over a three day period ending with a certification examination except for the UCPS course w. Certification exams are offered as an option and require the payment of a separate fee. Click on "Register today "link  for information on Exam pricing.  See Conference schedule for course calendar.


Multifamily Housing Specialist (MHS) Certification

Nan McKay and Associates, Inc.’s MHS certification course provides a comprehensive training on the HUD Handbook 4350.3 REV-1, including eligibility, screening and selection, admission, rent calculation, recertification, termination, and a discussion of HUD’s multifamily systems. NMA is the only training provider that has included in its course material specific requirements for PHAs that are participating in HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. If your PHA is participating in the RAD program and has elected to transform its public housing to project-based rental assistance (PBRA), this training is a must.

The MHS seminar is designed specifically for anyone who works with HUD’s multifamily program, including:


• Housing authorities that are transitioning to project-based rental assistance (PBRA) under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program


• Staff who need training on HUD Handbook 4350.3 REV-1


• People who manage multifamily project-based Section 8, including management company staff


Learn how HUD regulations for the project-based rental assistance program (PBRA) under HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs in NMA and HAI Group's Online Multifamily Housing Specialist Certification. This certification course provides a comprehensive training on the HUD Handbook 4350.3 REV-1, including eligibility, screening and selection, admission, rent calculation, recertification, termination, and a discussion of HUD’s multifamily systems.

Fundamentals of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Management

Housing funded through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program is an important part of the nation's affordable housing stock. This course clarifies the rules that must be followed in order to retain the tax credits. It also discusses the testable areas covered by the HCCP exam, a nationally recognized tax credit certification. This course is two full days and the optional exam is offered on the morning of the third day.


Attendees will receive easily portable slimline course manuals full of practical advice and useful tools and references!

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Trainer for MultiFamily Housing & LIHTC: Heather Sievers

NMA trainer and consultant Heather Sievers leverages nearly two decades of low-income housing expertise as a subject matter expert in HUD’s multifamily programs, including project-based rental assistance (PBRA), the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), and the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) system. Throughout her career, she has overseen and monitored properties with a spectrum of funding such as project-based Section 8, LIHTC, HOME, and the USDA Rural Development (RD) program and directed the acquisition and rehabilitation of these properties as well as the certification and relocation of residents.

As compliance manager and quality assurance auditor at the Idaho Housing and Finance Association, Heather was part of the team that successfully bid for five states during the two rebids of the performance-based contract administration (PBCA) packages. She oversaw the ongoing state compliance programs as the state allocation agency for the LIHTC program, the TCA and PBCA for the project-based Section 8 program, and the participating jurisdiction (PJ) for the HOME program. Heather was also the designated trainer for the state of Idaho and created and executed over twenty different training programs during that time. She currently trains several NMA classes, including Fundamentals of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Management, Multifamily Housing Specialist (MHS), and RAD Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) Overview.