APC expanded its UPCS knowledge beyond the basic inspection and is versed in all aspects of the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) Physical Inspection Subsystem (PASS). We have incorporated our knowledge and inspection experience into a comprehensive UPCS training program which focuses on improving your physical score.
On May 4, 2016, in Federal Register Notices 81 FR 26759, HUD announced a new inspection and oversight approach called UPCS-V that will ultimately replace the Housing Quality Standard (HQS) inspection.
APC has over 35 years of housing inspection experience, with both HQS and UPCS inspections. APC understands what agencies want to know about the UPCS and UPCS-V inspection protocols to manage their program and successfully complete inspections. Based on our experience, APC has developed a UPCS-V inspection training which keys off of our current UPCS training that we have taught since 1999, in over 300 sessions nationwide, to over 5,000 housing personnel. Into that UPCS training we incorporate our expertise with HQS as performed using the HUD form 52580. The resulting UPCS-V training can be used to train existing HQS or UPCS inspectors as well as new inspectors.
The big picture is that the HQS conversion to UPCS-V is moving forward quickly and as you can see this will alter the way inspections are performed for the Housing Choice Voucher program. Given APC's current knowledge on the recent changes and our extensive HQS and UPCS experience - APC is ready to be your inspection consultant and training expert!
APC's UPCS-V 3-day training covers a short history of both HQS and UPCS leading up to the recent proposed changes that HUD has discussed for the UPCS-V inspection protocol, along with what to expect from UPCS-V in the future. Training will also include a comparison between HQS, UPCS, and UPCS-V to allow attendees to fully understand the upcoming HQS Conversion to UPCS-V, as well as an overview of the inspection process, including draft deficiency definitions and inspection results. Practical exercises will reinforce the training process with real life items that are found during the inspection. There will be ample time for questions and answers throughout the session. An open discussion at the end will leave the trainees ideas as to what they will need to do to transitioning their HQS inspection program to UPCS-V.
Combined UPCS-V & UPCS Training - APC also offers a combined 5-Day UPCS-V & UPCS Training. This training covers the history of PHAS/UPCS; the UPCS Inspection Protocol; the 5 Inspectable Areas: Site, Building Exterior, Building Systems, Common Areas, and Units, as well as Health & Safety; REAC Scoring; Appeals & Technical Reviews; Practice Exercises; the history of HQS; Proposed Changes for UPCS-V; Comparisons and Differences between UPCS, HQS, and UPCS-V; Draft Deficiency Definitions and Inspection Results; and a Transitioning Discussion.