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

Chartered membership is a demonstration of your housing expertise, commitment and ethical standards.

It helps you stand out from the crowd, enhancing your status with colleagues and employers by identifying you as a trusted professional.

Put simply, chartered membership is the hallmark of your success in housing. It is the recognition that you are a fully qualified, competent and a committed housing professional.

Find your path to chartered membership through one of the routes highlighted below.

A number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, both full and part-time are recognised by CIH as meeting the requirements for chartered membership. Universities from around the country are able to offer these courses - check out the information packs below for more details.

If you would like more information on any of the qualifications listed please contact the CIH education team on 024 7685 1739 or e-mail us at



Join as a housing professional »

Housing learning

If you are a housing professional with a Level 4 or equivalent qualification then you will be eligible to become a chartered housing professional through our online route.

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Join as an executive »

My Description

If you are a chief executive, director or professional partner become a chartered housing professional through our executive route. This route acknowledges your existing knowledge and expertise to accelerate you to chartered membership.

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A first for chartered membership! Penny Gilyard talks us through the executive route>>

Join as an experienced housing professional »

My Description

If you have five years' housing experience including two years' management experience in housing and a relevant degree, become a chartered housing professional through our experienced professional or online route.

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Why take the experienced professional route? Jameel Malik of Cotman Housing Association explains>>


Join as a member of another professional body »

Hi-viz and housing!

If you are a qualified member of another professional body and have three years' housing experience then you are eligible to become a chartered housing professional through our experienced professional route.