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

Item Writers


Home based


Professional Standards


CIH are looking for item-writers to contract with CIH on an annual basis, on a consultancy type contract. The role of the item writer is to develop knowledge-based assessment questions and marking criteria (where appropriate) according to assessment/test-setting specifications. Item writers are required to operate according to CIH’s procedures and to input into the development process as required.

You will be experienced in writing items for an item bank, either to support the assessment of regulated qualifications or the end point assessment of apprenticeships.

Item-writers are required to have:-

• Commitment to the work of CIH and the end point assessment process;

• A depth of knowledge about the apprenticeship standard and associated assessment plan

• Experience of item writing, either for regulated qualifications or for the end point assessment of apprenticeship standards

• Knowledge of assessment quality assurance of qualifications / assessments

• A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort;

• Good, independent judgement;

• Ability to think creatively;

• Good communication and interpersonal skills; and

• Impartiality and objectivity

• No prior involvement with the apprentice and no interest in the organisation they work for

• No knowledge or experience that could lead to a conflict of interest or impact upon the integrity of the assessment process

• Relevant and current experience (no older than 5 years’) of working within the housing/property maintenance sector

• A willingness to be trained in CIH’s requirements in order to undertake the role

Contact Sarah Pick, Education Manager at CIH for more information at:

Closing date


How to apply

Applications should be submitted to by the closing date 


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