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

Continuing professional development

CPD is a valuable professional service which CIH offers to members. It can help you to identify your individual professional development needs; and in doing so it can enable you to keep pace with the changes in your working environment at a time of rapid change in the housing world.

What is CPD?
CPD is about tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally.  The CIH CPD scheme offers members a useful framework to help you stay up to date and in touch and provides you with support in managing your professional development. 

What are the benefits of CPD?
The CPD process helps you manage your own development on an ongoing basis. Its function is to help you record, review and reflect on what you learn. It's not a tick-box document recording the training you have completed. It's broader than that. CPD is about capturing useful experiences and assessing the practical benefits of what has been learnt. What can you do now that you couldn't do before?

How much CPD is required?
All CIH Chartered Members are required to undertake at least 20 hours of CPD a year. All CIH Members are provided with an online CPD account in your 'MyCIH', and are encouraged to use this beneficial service to support your individual professional development needs.

How do I record CPD?
You can log into your CPD account through the ‘MyCIH’ area of the CIH website where you can add your own professional development and inter-agency activities. This will enable you to:

  • Plot your own progress and professional development
  • Adapt your CPD record for internal employer progression reviews
To access your CPD account:
  • Click on Login on the home page
  • Log in using your membership ID as your username and your surname (with the first letter as a capital) as your password, unless you have previously changed your password.
  • Click on continuous professional development
CIH will automatically record a specific number of CPD hours for CIH activities you undertake. You will see these within your 'MyCIH' CPD Account. With these activities, although we will allocate a certain number of hours you are able to amend these, as you decide whether the subject, level and quality of the particular event/course are appropriate to your identified needs.

Will I receive acknowledgement for my CPD?

Once you reach the required number of CPD hours all CIH Members will receive an email confirmation in recognition that they have carried out CPD over a given 12 month period. This information is taken from your CPD record in your ‘MyCIH’ area of the CIH website.

CIH Chartered Members will also receive a CIH certificate confirming this. You will be able to show this to your employer to enhance your career and job prospects, or to prospective employers at an interview.

For further information please read our Guide to CPD.