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Minister Givan launches new training programme for the private rented sector


Landlords and letting agents within Northern Ireland's private rented sector (PRS) can now gain recognition for their commitment to professionalism, as CIH - together with the Department for Communities - launches a brand new scheme aimed at enhancing the PRS.

CIH Northern Ireland chair Dan Corr, Minister for Communities Paul Givan, CIH Northern Ireland director Nicola McCrudden'Learning 2 Let' is a training programme which offers all registered private landlords and letting agents in Northern Ireland the opportunity to access CIH's Level 2 Award in Letting & Managing Residential Property at a subsidised rate, as a result of bursary support received from the Department for Communities (DfC).

Minister for Communities Paul Givan MLA said:

"I am delighted to be officially launching the Learning 2 Let programme, which the Department for Communities has committed bursary support to over the next three years.

"Private rented accommodation is an important and growing sector in Northern Ireland and while much of the accommodation is very good, this programme aims to assist in making the private rented sector a better place to live more generally, by promoting professional standards in both the management of accommodation and delivery of quality services to tenants in Northern Ireland.

"Learning 2 Let offers all registered private landlords and letting agents in NI the chance to get this fully accredited CIH qualification at a cost of just £100, so getting qualified has never been easier."

CIH director for Northern Ireland Nicola McCrudden said: "We are delighted to be rolling out the "Learning 2 Let" programme right across Northern Ireland over the next three years. The funding which the Department for Communities has committed to this programme means that not only can we help private landlords and letting agents to gain a recognised industry qualification at a minimal cost to them, but we can also make private rented accommodation a better option for everyone."

Over the next three years, the programme will be offered at various locations across Northern Ireland. Full course information, including training course overview, dates, locations and venues can all be found at

An online version of this qualification will be developed and rolled out later in 2016.


For more information please contact Alan Shanley, marketing and communications officer at CIH Northern Ireland on 028 9077 8222 or

1. Learning 2 Let programme is in receipt of bursary support from the Department for Communities, Northern Ireland over a three year period from 2016 - 2019.

2. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals and their organisations with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out  to support the housing industry. We have a diverse membership who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world.

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