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

Blended learning courses

What is 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.

Our blended learner programmes are aimed at individual learners wanting to complete a qualification. If you are an organisation wanting to put a group of learners through an ‘in-house’ programme, please contact our housing academy hub on 02476 851789 for further information.

Your programme starts with an induction day, where you’ll meet your tutor and the other learners in your cohort. After that, in addition to having access to online learning materials to support your learning, you will attend one study day for each unit of your chosen qualification.

Is blended learning right for me?

With the support of regular face-to-face sessions and the flexibility of online learning, blended learning is a popular study method with many positives – here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Access to a wealth of study materials written by our team of specialist authors
  • The flexibility of online learning
  • Ongoing support from your tutor
  • An opportunity to engage with other learners through online forums and face-to-face sessions
  • Free CIH membership for the duration of the course

What can I study?

You can study the following qualifications through blended learning with CIH Housing Academy at various locations across England.


Level 3 Certificate in housing practice
This programme, designed for frontline staff and housing practitioners, will provide you with a Level 3 qualification comparable in level to an A-level. Successful completion will see you achieve CIH certified practitioner status.
Duration: 9 months
Level 4 Certificate in housing
If you're a skilled practitioner, gain an in-depth insight into housing policy and theory and broaden your understanding of the sector.
Duration: 12 months

Level 5 Diploma in housing

This programme is ideal for aspiring professionals, supervisors and managers, and covers a range of topics from leadership and management in housing to strategy and business planning. Successful completion will see you achieve CIH chartered member status, the industry-recognised standard sign of a fully qualified housing professional.
Duration: 12 months
Cost: £2,700
Register your interest

There are specific entry requirements for each qualification. For further information, please contact our learning team on 02476 851789 or email