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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards


The Level 4 Certificate in Housing is a one year blended vocational qualification, delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face learning it is comparable to the first year of an undergraduate degree, which explores areas of housing policy, law, finance, and professional practice. The qualification is made up of the following six units:

• Financing for housing

• Housing law

• Housing policy

• Professional practice skills for housing

• Housing management services

• Managing people and change.

How will the course benefit me and my organisation?

Gaining a qualification is a great way to develop your career prospects. The Level 4 qualification will enable you to be an effective housing practitioner and will provide you with a deeper understanding of how your organisation and others in the housing industry work. Successful completion of this course will enable learners to progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Housing, which leads to CIH chartered membership.

Download the qualification overview for further details

The option of free CIH membership is provided during the period of study for your qualification.

Who can apply?

To register for the qualification you should, as a minimum requirement, have completed one of the following:

• The CIH Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice


• An equivalent Level 3 qualification.

If you do not meet this minimum requirement but have relevant experience working in the housing sector, your application may also be considered.

You will be asked to provide evidence of your qualifications and/or your experience of working in the housing sector as part of the application process.

What does the qualification cost and how long does it take?

Duration: 12 months, delivered through a combination of online learning and seven face-to-face study days.

Qualification cost: £2,520

How to register your interest

Register your interest by clicking the button at the bottom of the page. You will then be able to select your preferred study month and location. You will be contacted by a member of the CIH Housing Academy team and asked to complete a form to provide evidence of your previous qualifications and experience.

Call our team on 024 7685 1789 or email us if you'd like to discuss whether this is the right course for you. We have payment options available if you are paying for this course yourself and would like to pay in instalments.