As predicted, the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) is suspending their manufactured housing installation program. As a result, there are several important considerations for both installers and retailers.
While everything is subject to change, currently the effective date for this suspension is set for October 1, 2020. However, the transition will begin almost immediately.
As of October 1, 2019, Pennsylvania will no longer issue installer “certifications”. However, installers can continue to operate under their current PA Installer Certification until it expires. Upon expiration, installers will need to acquire a HUD Manufactured Home Installer License. With that said, installers need to know that the HUD Manufactured Home Installer License is valid for three (3) years and there is no cost for the actual license.
Over this transition period (Oct. 1, 2019 to Oct. 1, 2020) the Pennsylvania Certificate of Compliance will continue to be utilized and can be signed by either a PA Certified Installer or a HUD Licensed Installer. Starting October 1, 2020, installers will need to complete and submit the HUD 309 form for new manufactured homes that they install.
The Pennsylvania Certificate of Compliance form will be modified and will continue to be utilized for relocated manufactured homes.
Retailers selling new manufactured homes for placement in Pennsylvania will need to begin completing the HUD 305 and 306 forms as of October 1, 2020.
In order for installers to qualify for a HUD issued license, they must complete a 12-hour HUD approved training course. There are a few options available: two on-line HUD approved trainings (Certified Training Institute Click Here and MHEI), and there are 3 approved classroom trainers.
I have already begun scheduling HUD approved training classes in Cumberland, Clarion, Centre and Lehigh Counties. The first course is set for November 7 & 8, 2019 in Camp Hill (Harrisburg area). Click Here HUD Installer Training Registration-Nov 2019, PA. The dates and exact locations of the other trainings will be announced in the very near future. Additional classes will be added as needed.
I encourage all Pennsylvania installers and retailers to visit the HUD Installation Program website (click here) for additional information, and for forms needed for the HUD Installation Program.
Feel free to email me with questions.
This is an unofficial explanation of the situation based on information at hand. Please refer to the Pennsylvania Bulletin (Sept 7, 2019) for the official announcement.
Also, if you are currently registered for a Pennsylvania Installer Training Course, I will be contacting you soon to discuss the available options.