The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is a national trade organization dedicated to all segments of the factory-built housing industry. Its members consist of home builders, retailers, community operators, lenders, suppliers and affiliated state organizations.
The MHI is regarded as a trust-worthy advocate, partner, and industry leader providing members with an array of educational, operational, networking and advocacy resources that will help with leading and succeeding in the industry.
What educational/training programs are offered?
Manufactured Housing Installation
The Manufactured Housing Educational Institute offers training courses for manufactured home installers and inspectors to achieve the education required for licensing. While most states offer their own licensing programs, the federal government oversees training and licensing in 14 states. The MHEI is the only federally approved online training program in these states. You can find an interactive map on their website that shows you which programs are offered in your state. Clicking on the pin link in your state will take you to a registration page.
Course highlights include:
- The Importance of Proper Site Preparation
- Planning Your Route to the Home Site
- Reading Installation Manual Charts
- The Importance of Proper Ventilation
- Planning for Moving the Home Onto Its Foundation
- Closing and Securing Multi-Section Homes
- Leveling the Home
- Symptoms of Installation Problems
- Connecting the Home to Utilities and Appliances
- Safety Considerations for the Installer
Accredited Community Manager (ACM®)
The ACM® program is essentially a comprehensive study of manufactured construction management topics. It covers a range of subjects such as management and resident policies, community maintenance, leasing and sales techniques, marketing communities, taxes, insurance, financial management, business planning, physical asset management, federal laws and fair housing law. These classes are offered to community owners, managers and others in key management roles within a community.
The ACM® program is offered in-person and consists of two courses.
- Course 1 (3.5 days) highlights include an overview of property management, leasing homes/home sites, maintenance and federal laws
- Course 2 (2.5 days) highlights include insurance, taxes and assessment, and the operations manual
Professional Housing Consultant (PHC®)
The PHC® program is designed for employees of retail sales centers and land lease communities that conduct on-site home sales. It covers what you need to know for professional success in selling manufactured homes. The course consists of 12 modules delivered via video on a secured, dedicated website that you can access whenever it is convenient for you.
Course highlights include:
- History and Construction
- Retailer Responsibilities
- Placement Options
- Fair Housing
- Finance Overview
- Land-Home Financing
- Personal Property Finance
- Completing Credit Application
- Selling Skills
What are the benefits?
The MHI offers many benefits that will help its members grow their own businesses and stay connected with everything that goes on within the manufactured housing industry. Benefits include regular updates about industry news, educational resources and networking opportunities.
In fact, the networking opportunities are some of the most valuable perks offered by the MHI. Meetings such as the National Communities Council Fall Leadership Forum and the National Congress and Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing provide the chance for a diverse group of industry professionals to build relationships.
Members of the MHI will also receive some pretty significant discounts for things such as resources and publications that teach members how to conduct business more effectively, event registrations and exhibit fees.
The MHI even goes as far as supporting its members on regulatory and legislative interests. They are dedicated to pushing industry reform with the goal of improving government regulations. This will not only improve the quality of industry performance but also make the process easier for professionals.
How do I join?
If you are interested in joining the Manufactured Housing Institute, you would be pleased to learn that it is actually a fairly simple process.
- Visit the Manufacturer Housing Institute website
- Click Join MHI at the top of the page.
- Scroll down a bit and click Join Now.
- You will be directed to a list of membership categories. Scroll until you find the category that best fits you. Builder-Developer is the appropriate choice for construction pros, but manufacturers, suppliers and retails can also join.
- Once you find the category of membership that you would like to join, click Join Now.
- You will be directed to a pdf file of the application. Print out the application or use a PDF filler to fill out the application.
- Once you have finished filling out all of the required fields, send the completed application and the $100 application fee (check or card) to the following address:
- 1655 Fort Myer Drive, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22209
Joining the Manufactured Housing Institute is a great way to both advance your career and contribute to shaping the future of the Manufactured and Modular Housing Industries.
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