Deliver the RentSmart program and training in your community. Become a Certified Community Educator.
Certified Community Educators receive the following benefits:
1. Certification to deliver the RentSmart program
2. Regularly updated in-person and online curriculum focused on building the knowledge, skills and confidence to help people prepare for and keep their housing
3. Connection to a growing network of community partners
4. Bi-monthly Community Educator newsletters and webinars
5. Staff support to help deliver the RentSmart program
6. Regularly updated data that can be shared with funders and community
7. Part of a growing movement to prevent homelessness and increase housing stability
Frequently Asked Questions
Over 3.5 days, we provide an overview of the RentSmart model, adult education and facilitation principles, and strategies for successful tenancies. Participants engage with the curriculum and practice teaching and facilitating. By the end, participants are familiar with the curriculum (though practice is still necessary!) and have a plan for integrating RentSmart into their organization and community.
The cost to attend the 3.5 day training is $650/person, and includes materials, food and venue.
The cost of materials ranges from $10-$25/person. Most educators deliver 2-4 courses/year. The estimated annual cost per course is $250/manuals + staff time, food and participation costs.
We used to get funding to share the RentSmart program. But more communities requested training than we had funding for. So, instead of saying ‘no’, we implemented training fees to cover the costs. The same is for materials- we need to constantly update and add to them and this has costs associated. Fees allow us to keep on top of this!
You sign a Community Educator agreement, deliver courses and send us your course evaluations.
We help you get going on delivering the program and are on hand to troubleshoot any issues you may have. We provide you with marketing materials, evaluation forms and additional support as needed.
Not everyone who takes RentSmart Educator training delivers courses. However, almost everyone finds value in terms of supporting successful tenancies, thinking about prevention strategies, practicing facilitation skills and adding another tool to their professional toolbox.
RentSmart is delivered by many Housing First organizations and housing providers. Our principles of empowerment and never mandating education meets Housing First principles of consumer choice and self-determination, client-driven supports, and providing supports that can be accessed regardless of housing form. We find that for people exiting homelessness, RentSmart Basics is the best 'fit'. The RentSmart Certificate program works as people are moving along the housing continuum to more independent living.
“I have been working with a client of mine for awhile and he and his
partner have been struggling to secure stable housing. He was thrilled
to attend this course, and stated that it was something that he was
complete and learn from because it was going to be the first things
he’s completed ever in his life. He worked hard and was committed
each week and had a huge sense of accomplishment the last day
when he received his certificate and letter knowing that he was
successful and accomplished his goal.”
“One of our Rent Smart youth graduates got housing today. We
are thrilled for him. The Independent Living Worker accompanied
him to the viewing but he phoned apartments and property
management companies on his own, completed the application
and setup the viewing appointment on his own. (We are proud).
He said the course gave him the confidence he needed to do it!”
“Mid-way through the youth Rent Smart group, there is already a tangible
success directly related to program participation. One group participant,
who has been couch surfing for several months, has managed to secure
market housing before the course has even come to a close. Using her
Rent Smart knowledge and the reputation of the Rent Smart program,
she met a landlord and viewed a bachelor suite armed with knowledge
and confidence. While that particular suite rented before she had a
chance to complete the paperwork, the landlord reached out to her
about another suite he had available. He indicated that she had made
a great impression and that he really wanted her as a tenant knowing
that she was enrolled in the Rent Smart course. Using what she has
learned so far, she successfully secured her tenancy and has begun
to look into renter’s insurance.”
“During the course I wasn’t certain of the impact it (the
RentSmart course) was having but the week following the
course during a community kitchen, two of the youth who
took the course were recommending it to others at the
community kitchen. They said that is was fun and they
learned a lot that they didn’t know.”
“I always have a great time co-facilitating the RentSmart Basics.
I’m really thankful for the team that created this course. As our
regions previous Landlord and Tenant Advisor I was really
resistant to this course at first, because I know the Residential
Tenancies Act very well and thought I had little else to learn.
The RentSmart Educator course taught me how to teach a
pretty dry and dull topic in a fun and interactive way.”