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

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    Membership grades

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    CIH Member

    Who can apply for CIH Member grade?

    Most new members will join as a CIH Member. This grade is open to the following:

    • Anyone with an interest in housing, but holds no housing qualifications
    • Anyone who is studying a housing related course. (Those studying a CIH accredited course will receive FREE CIH membership for the duration of their course)
    • Anyone who has completed a CIH vocational qualification. Recognised qualifications include CIH Certificate Level 2, 3 or 4 or the Higher National Certificate in Housing. Click here for a full listing
    • Active tenants involved in the management of their housing organisations

    CIH Member Designatory Letters

    CIH Members are entitled to use the designation CIH Member or CIHM after their name. In addition members who have completed an approved CIH Certificate level qualification can also use Cert CIH 2, 3 or 4 (depending on the CIH qualification level) in conjunction with the designation.

    Find out more about the designatory letters and use of the approved logos.

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    CIH Chartered Member

    Who can apply for CIH Chartered Member Grade?

    CIH Chartered Membership is for anyone who is fully qualified in housing. There are different routes Chartered Housing Professional is CIH’s most senior grade of membership and is a demonstration of your expertise, commitment and ethical standards. Find your path to chartered membership using one of our new routes.


    CIH Chartered Member Designatory Letters

    CIH Chartered Members are entitled to use the designation CIH Chartered Member or CIHCM after their name. Alternatively any existing Fellow member (as at June 2011) can continue to use the designation FCIH after their name. Any member who became a CIH Corporate member on or before the 31 December 2011 is eligible to continue to work towards and apply for Fellowship. The final date for applications to Fellowship is 31 December 2014.

    If you need more information about fellowship guidance please contact

    Find out more about the designatory letters and use of the approved logos

    If you're not sure which membership grade you're eligible for, complete our membership assessment form and send it by email to


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    CPD module: The care act

    Members can take advantage of our CPD module, The Care Act for free. You will learn more about the Care Act 2014 as well as exploring what impact this has on the housing sector.     

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