Lone Star Academy

Commitment to continuous training and development.

The Lone Star Academy is a NEW year-round educational series that provides online courses in the seven key areas of Habitat services. These courses are broken up into seven six-week semesters. Each semester has an overarching theme that focuses on one of the key areas of service. Courses are available in both a live and on-demand format. Through this series, Habitat for Humanity Texas hopes to educate affiliates about nonprofit best practices and latest information to better serve Texans.

General Courses
Certificate Programs

Register Today!

Register today for a single course ($35 each) or for one of our packages! Our Professional Edition is for individuals looking for unlimited access to all of our general courses for the entire year. For affiliates or nonprofits, the Enterprise Edition is based on size and grants ALL of your staff, board members, and volunteers access to our 2021 course catalog. Contact us at info@habitattexas.org to learn what size package your affiliate or nonprofit is eligible for.

Frequently Asked Questions

The lone star academy is a new year round educational series that provides online courses in the seven key areas of habitat services. These courses are broken up into seven six week semesters, each semester has an overarching theme that focuses on a key area of service. For example, our first semester highlights volunteers and there’s an opportunity to earn a certificate of volunteer management. Courses are available in both a live and on-demand format. Through the series, we hope to educate affiliates about nonprofit best practices and the latest information to better serve your communities. View our Lone Star Academy Kickoff HERE for more information! 

Like our Summer Series, you are able to purchase unlimited access to all courses for your entire affiliate or you can purchase courses individually. Check out the pricing breakdown below:

Enterprise Level: Affiliates who purchase the Enterprise Edition of the 2021 Lone Star Academy are able to participate in any and all courses (Certificate Programs excluded) for the entire year! Eligible participants included with the purchase of the Enterprise Edition are your entire affiliate: ALL board members, staff, and volunteers. There is tiered pricing for affiliates dependent on size. The size breakdown for the Enterprise Edition is based on the same system as Texas membership dues. If your affiliate is from out-of-state, contact us for more information about the size breakdown.

**If you are a non-Habitat nonprofit and are interested in participating in the Lone Star Academy, please reach out to us at amy@habitattexas.org to discuss pricing options.

Professional Edition: For $500, individuals who purchase the Professional Edition of the 2021 Lone Star Academy are able to participate in any and all courses (Certificate Programs excluded) for the entire year! This option is for individuals and grants access to all courses for ONE person. No refunds or adjustments after the Lone Star Academy launches.

Single Classes: Each class is $35.

Certificate Programs: For $750, an individual can enroll in one of our seven Certificate Programs, consisting of 36 hours of instruction from highly qualified educators and recognition from Habitat for Humanity Texas upon successful completion. Class size is limited to 25 participants per program. These programs are presented in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Studies at Austin Community College.

Book Clubs: $40, including the book!

Through the Lone Star Academy, we will be offering year round training. Each semester, we will release new courses in the various areas of Habitat services. For our first semester, our courses include:

The month leading up to each semester, the new course titles will be released. View our Course Page for a general outline of what courses will be offered throughout the year!

To begin, you will need to create a free Habitat Texas account at habitattexas.org. If you created an account over the summer, you do NOT need to create a new account. Once you are logged in to your account, add the courses you want to your cart and follow the prompts to complete the purchase. If your affiliate has purchased the enterprise edition, then you will have a coupon code to use. Then, select proceed to checkout and follow the prompts. Click HERE to view a tutorial on how to enroll in a course.

If you have a coupon code, watch THIS tutorial!

After registering for a course, make sure you are logged in to your account and then click on the course you want to complete. Once on the course homepage, select the green “Start Lesson” button, which will take you to the content portion of the course. If you are participating in a live webinar, you will find the Zoom login information. If the webinar has already occurred, then you will see the list of lessons.


To download your certificate, you must complete all lessons and quizzes for the course. If a lesson does not include a video, click “Complete Lesson” on the top right hand side of the screen before continuing on. Once everything is completed, return to the course homepage. Now, you should see a gray button on the ride side of the screen that says “Complete Course.” When you move your arrow over that button, it should turn blue. Click that button. Next, the page should automatically reload and the “Complete Course” button should now read “Download Certificate.”

View a general tutorial on how to complete the course HERE.

We are very happy to walk you through the system before the sessions begin, so you are comfortable accessing the online portal. Just email our Community Outreach Officer at sarah@habitattexas.org for assistance.

The Lone Star Summer Series was a one-time event in place of our annual in-person conference due to COVID-19. Instead of eight weeks over the summer, Habitat Texas is NOW offering online courses throughout the entire year!

Regarding our annual Lone Star Summit, we are planning on hosting this event in 2021. Check back soon for more information on location and time!

Great question! After our summer series ended, affiliates had access to these videos through December 2020. In the new year, we retired some of our courses, while making others free to everyone! To view our course archives, visit habitattexas.org/course-category/lsss/.

Texas Qualified Loan Originator Certificate course and Anti-Money Laundering are also still available and can be found under our LEARN tab at the top of our page!

Our Partners

Lone Star Academy Leaderboard

# Name Badges
1 Theresa Anderson 891
2 Anna Ruhlman 890
3 Lydia Beck 640
4 Paula Allen 571
5 Silvia Alexander 541
6 Amy Borel 420
7 Gai Bennett 400
8 Gennifer Coleman 370
9 Ken Cates 360
10 Zaine Esquivel 310

Earn badges by enrolling in courses, completing lessons, and participating in Certificate Programs. The top fifty participants will be invited to Habitat for Humanity Texas’ Certificate of Nonprofit Leadership in October!

Keep doing what you’re doing and thank you for always being my rock! The Rio Grande Habitat for Humanity staff, ReStore staff and our communities are extremely grateful for all that you do! May God continue to bless you and yours.

Marissa Trevino, Rio Grande Habitat for Humanity

Very professional, well thought out, and immediately applicable.

Pedro Mauras, B/CS Habitat for Humanity

We appreciate your work on this.

Linda Baxter, Habitat for Humanity of Camp County

I appreciate the platform and features, and the quick but thorough explanation of the latest stats on generations and giving patterns.

Steven Leggett, Abilene Habitat for Humanity

Very knowledgeable instructors. I especially found their personal experiences helpful.

Lisa Jones, Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity