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


CIH qualifications are a fantastic way of establishing yourself as a professional in the housing sector, as well as making sure you have the theoretical knowledge, key skills and learning to perform at the highest level in your day job. Our qualifications make skills visible and bring a greater depth of understanding than experience can sometimes provide.

Studying for a CIH qualification is now more flexible than ever with the CIH Housing Academy, you can choose one of our four study methods below, or we can create a tailored programme and deliver it in-house at your organisation.

Online study
Studying online gives you total flexibility to study when and where works for you. As a CIH Housing academy online learner, you will have access to a full set of online learning tools, including study materials written by our team of specialist authors, links to useful websites and resources, and access to forums where you can share your thoughts and ideas with other learners.

NEW Online plus
Online plus combines all the benefits of online study with the addition of dedicated tutor support via virtual sessions. These virtual sessions offer the opportunity to interact and share knowledge with other learners and tutors, but still offer the benefit of fitting study time around work and life commitments.

NEW Bitesize learning
With CIH bitesize learning, you can break down our qualifications and simply study the units you want to, when you want to, and pay as you go.  You may choose to study a single unit on a topic of particular interest, or, over time, study all units which, on successful completion, achieves the full qualification. Bitesize learning is currently available on Level 2 and Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice. Please note that our Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice is made up of eight units. You can study five core units through CIH bitesize and then, should you wish to, move on to study the remaining units to achieve the full qualification.

Blended learning
Blended learning is a method of study which combines face-to-face learning days with online learning, so learners get the best of both worlds - the opportunity to interact, share knowledge and learn from other students and a tutor, and the ability to fit their learning around other commitments. Due to COVID-19 our blended learning offer is currently unavailable, but we are constantly reviewing this in line with government advice.

Find the course for you below.

You can also find a centre if you’d prefer to study through an approved centre near you.

introductory icon  Level 2 - Introductory: Housing courses that are open to everyone.

practitioner colour  Level 3 - Frontline and practitioner: Courses focusing on housing practice for people already working in the sector.

skilled practitioner  Level 4 - Skilled practitioner: Courses providing more in-depth insight into housing policy and theory, for people who want to broaden their understanding of the sector.

senior and professional icon  Level 5+ - Senior and professional: Advanced courses for housing professionals at undergraduate and postgraduate levels

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Once you’ve decided which level you want to study at, use the course finder tool below. Choose your location from the drop-down list (e.g. Scotland), then click the tab of the level you’re interested in and click ‘submit’. All of the courses available will now appear – click on the one you’re interested in for more information and to book your place.

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CIH Level 4 Certificate in housing - Online January 2021 

Online Learning closing date 25 January 2021

CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing - Online Plus - November 2020 

Online plus Learning closing date 13 November 2020

CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing - Online plus Feb2021 

Online plus Learning first delivery date 3 February 2021

Level 4 Certifiicate in Housing 

Closing date 16 November 2020

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CIH Level 5 Diploma In Housing 

Closing date:30 November 2020

CIH Level 5 Diploma in housing - February 2021 - Online 

Online Learning closing date 8 February 2021

CIH Level 5 Diploma in Housing - Online plus January 2021 

Online plus - start date 28 January 2021


Study with an approved centre

Can't find the course you're looking for?

We have a network of approved centres across the UK that also deliver CIH courses, and we validate some housing and property management related courses offered by a variety of universities and colleges.

Visit our awarding organisation site to find an approved centre near you

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