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

Chartered membership – the hallmark of professional credibility


Reputation matters, which is why professional standards exist to ensure individuals have the right knowledge, behaviours, values and ethical decision-making skills to become a trusted professional. Judy Waugh, CIH’s director of membership and education, reveals why chartered membership is a career move worth shouting about.

Judy Waugh with CIH logo in backgroundProfessionalism leads to empowerment, and, in these challenging times, it is important to boost knowledge and skills in order to rise to the level of a trusted, credible professional.

CIH has a responsibility to maintain professional standards in the housing industry, and, to ensure that our members are equipped for change, we have launched a range of routes to chartered membership to suit professionals who are at different levels in their careers.

The modern professional lives in a world where there is a wealth of knowledge at their finger tips 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But a true mark of a professional lies in their ability to understand and apply that knowledge in order to make effective decisions, particularly when the pressure is on.

Currently, there are more and more people entering the housing industry as a second career, bringing with them previous qualifications and on-the-job learning, which is why a “one size fits all” approach to chartered membership does not work. Instead, we offer the following new options to make the routes more accessible and recognise candidate’s prior learning and skills:

Aimed at those who want to demonstrate they have the knowledge required to lead people and manage change. You will have between three and five years’ experience working in the housing or the built environment and will have a relevant qualification or already be a chartered member of another professional body

Open to all housing professionals who have completed relevant qualifications such as the Level 4. Those taking this route will gain a detailed knowledge of the wider housing environment and skills in policy making as well as delivering housing in sustainable communities at a management level

If you’re a chief executive, director or professional partner working in housing this route will allow you to demonstrate your experience within a cohort of your peers.

As well as these new routes to membership, there are an increasing number of higher education courses that lead to chartered membership.Gold chartered membership logo

Becoming a chartered member is a demonstration of your commitment to continuous learning, and better still, we offer a mentoring scheme to help you to excel, supporting your personal and professional development in the process. Having a mentor to challenge you and act as a critical friend can be a valuable addition to your career toolbox. As a chartered member, you will also gain access to the career innovation zone which will help equip you with the skills and knowledge required to transition into management, obtain a work-life balance, show you the benefits of effective networking and more.

Chartered membership is the badge of professionalism that tells your employer, colleagues and connections that you are a committed all-rounder, someone who:

  1. Can be trusted to make good decisions in an uncertain and changeable environment
  2. Is able to draw on existing knowledge and values to help make the right decision and adopt the correct behaviour
  3. Can be a leader and is someone who others can learn from.

For details on how to apply, call our team on 024 7685 1789 or email us at

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