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

Experienced professional

Route to chartered membership

The next intake for this course closes on 31 October 2016

This route to chartered membership is aimed at experienced housing professionals who want to demonstrate they have the knowledge required to lead people and manage change. The programme recognises professional capability and previous qualifications and is a commitment to maintaining up-to-date knowledge of housing issues.


Applicants need to demonstrate that they have knowledge and experience in housing before applying for this programme. Please ensure you meet one of the two eligibility routes below:

  1. You've worked in housing or housing-related sectors for five years, two of which are at management level.
  2. You've working in housing or housing-related sectors for two years and you are a fully qualified member of another professional body.

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There are two steps for those who want to gain chartered membership via this route:

  • Step 1 – submit a 5,000 word assignment for assessment which includes details of professional experiences in housing and a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) plan.
  • Step 2 – complete an interview assessing your experience, reflective ability and understanding of ethical issues.

Successful completion of both parts will confirm you meet the standards for chartered membership.


  • No course attendance required – a reflective assessment process that is relevant to your role and organisation
  • Can be achieved in four months
  • Successful completion leads to CIH chartered membership and the use of the letters CIHCM after your name to show that you are a fully qualified housing professional


A registration fee of £1,000.

How do I apply?

Call our team on 024 7685 1789 or email us at

Check out the course guidance or fill out an application form.


Why become a chartered member?

Chartered membership is the hallmark of a housing professional - CIH director of membership and education Judy Waugh's blog explains how it can transform your career.