PHRANC Certification

PHRANC Training and Certification

NEW Study Guide page: STUDY GUIDE - CRS EXAM

Links to other study material, not yet organized or reviewed for duplicate viewpoints:

F17Training Materials
F15Training Materials

All Conf Training Materials

To the membership

There is always much to be done.

Knowing this, PHRANC has re-authorized a Certification Exam Task Force to improve the exam, create a study guide and formalize the training program. We are seeking involvement in the current and future membership of PHRANC for at least two (potentially more) Task Force positions and an unlimited number of Subject Matter Expert (SME) positions. Task force members must be members of PHRANC who have passed the Certification Exam and it is preferred that SME positions are PHRANC members if located in North Carolina. If interested, please email, providing your email, phone number and other relevant contact information; certification and membership status in PHRANC; building industry credentials, and any area(s) of expertise.

The Back Story

Nearly 15 years ago, the PHRANC certification exam was launched to continue the lean but substantial long term investment by PHRANC in “raising the standards” of single-family housing rehabilitation. Prior to PHRANCs founding in 1993, the results of publicly-funded housing rehabilitation in North Carolina were all-too-often disappointing to funding agencies, local authorities and the home owners and occupants who were meant to benefit most directly from a public investment in housing infrastructure.

PHRANC provides the Rehabilitation Specialist:

  • the status that certification confers;
  • opportunities to become acquainted with other rehabilitation specialists, and
  • a sense of ownership and status that comes from membership in a trade group focused on the needs of Rehabilitation Specialists.

Today, those charged with executing residential rehabilitation assistance programs on behalf of public funding agencies are the purveyors and beneficiaries of a formal rehabilitation specialist certification and a developing training program which continues to offer rehabilitation specialists, code officers, administrators, and consultants an opportunity to acquire and improve their skills for the challenging tasks of:

  • diagnosing rehab needs;
  • preparing clear and complete work write-ups;
  • attracting competent bidders; and
  • managing contracts.

PHRANC offers two levels of certification, carrying the titles “Certified Rehabilitation Specialist” and “Master Rehabilitation Specialist”, respectively.

The PHRANC certificate is a nice reward to those who earn it; PHRANC’s current Certification Exam Task force is an example of the organization’s continued belief that it is critical to maintain the relevance and assurance to certificate holder recipients, their current or potential employers and funding agencies that PHRANC Certification has come to embody in the past decade.

For those who are considering taking the exam, it tests knowledge in the following 10 categories:

Exam Section


1. Codes and Standards

Study Guide posted on website

2. Inspections

Study Guide posted on website

3. Work Write-Ups

Study Guide in development

4. Cost Estimating


5. Project Management


6. Plumbing




8. Electrical


9. Environmental Hazards

Currently labeled Lead Based Paint

10. Building Components and Structure

Currently labeled Environmental and Building Science

Professional Housing Rehabilitation Association of North Carolina

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