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

Types of membership

Wherever you are in your career, CIH can support you. Whether you're a student just starting out in housing, a front-line professional looking to move into management, or a chief executive or senior leader wanting to demonstrate your commitment to professionalism and the industry, we have a membership type to suit you.

Member »

member grade

Member grade is suitable for those interested in housing who have not yet gained a CIH qualification.

Members receive access to all of our standard membership benefits.

Chartered member »

chartered member

Chartered membership is for those with a CIH recognised qualification at Level 5 or above, or members who have completed an experiential route accredited by CIH.

Chartered members receive all of the benefits listed above, plus the recognition that you're a fully qualified, competent and committed housing professional.

Certified practitioner »

certified practitioner

Certified practitioner grade recognises members who have achieved CIH Level 3 or Level 4 qualifications or other CIH recognised qualifications at the same level.

In addition to standard membership benefits, CIH certified practitioners also receive access to CIH's ethics helpline and mentoring scheme.

Fellow »


Fellowship is reserved for chartered members who can demonstrate that they have made a significant contribution to the sector.

As a Fellow, you will receive all of the benefits listed above, but will also receive recognition for your seniority and the impact you have made in the housing sector.