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

Undergraduate qualifications for CIH chartered membership

One route to CIH chartered membership (CIHCM) is by completing an accredited academic qualification. We offer and validate courses at undergraduate level across the UK, including:

  • CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing (this qualiication meets the requirements for stage one of the academic route to CIH chartered membership)
  • CIH Level 5 Diploma in Housing
  • Foundation degrees and degrees offering a BA or BSc in Housing Studies which are partially or fully recognised by CIH for CIHCM through our validation processes

CIH partially validate wider programmes which may have housing modules within the course.  It is indicated where further study is needed to achieve CIHCM.  

The majority of these courses include APEX, the CIH practice requirement for chartered membership. This is available to all part-time and sandwich course students (except stage one courses). Some full-time students will be required to complete APEX separately through CIH.


Generally, you can apply to study if you have:

For level 4:

  • completed the CIH Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice or
  • A-levels or
  • significant experience in housing

For level 5:

  • completed a CIH Level 4 Certificate or Diploma , or equivalent qualification or
  • significant experience in housing

Please note that individual centres will set their own entry requirements, so please check with the centre you are looking to study with. 

Qualification outline

Centres design courses against a framework of expectations set by CIH. These expectations anticipate the key knowledge, skills and competencies expected from a chartered member.

The courses will:

  • reflect the cutting edge of theoretical and practical debate within the industry
  • engage with local and regional housing issues
  • meet the skills and learning needs of local students and employers    

Approved centres

Study with CIH

Other approved centres

North East
North West

Northumbria University - BA (Hons) Human Geography/Human Geography MGeog (partially validated)

St Helens College - Foundation Degree/BA (Hons) Social Policy, Health & Housing (partially validated)
New College Durham - Foundation Degree in Housing and Communities University of Salford - BSC (Hons) in Social Policy (partially validated)
Abode Training - CIH L4 Certificate in Housing & L5 Diploma in Housing Sysco Business Skills Academy - CIH L4 Certificate in Housing
Yorkshire and Humberside  
Leeds Beckett University - BA (Hons) Housing Studies  
 Dutton Fisher & Associates Ltd - CIH L4 Certificate in Housing & CIH L5 Diploma in Housing  
West Midlands East Midlands
Birmingham YMCA - CIH L4 Certificate in Housing & CIH L5 Diploma in Housing
University of Northampton - BA (Hons) Social and Community Development (partially validated)

PM Training - CIH L4 Certificate in Housing & CIH L5 Diploma in Housing

Access Training - CIH L4 Certificate in Housing

Bangor University - validated module SXP 3210 Issues in Housing (within social policy programmes) Anthropi Learning Ltd - CIH L4 Certificate in Housing and CIH L5 Diploma in Housing
Cardiff Metropolitan University - HNC/Diploma/BSc (Hons) in Housing Studies London Metropolitan University - BSc Community Devlopment and Leadership; BSc Health & Social Care; BSc Health & Social Policy
Glyndwr University - Foundation Degree in Supported Housing; Foundation Degree in Housing and Sustainable Communities; Foundation Degree in Regeneration and Sustainability or BSc Housing Studies
London South Bank University - BA Housing Policy and Practice
Gower College Swansea - L4 Certificate in Housing  


Ayrshire College - CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing New College Lanarkshire - CIH L4 Certificate in Housing
City of Glasgow College - CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing & CIH Level 5 Diploma in Housing SHARE Glasgow - CIH L4 Certificate in Housing & CIH L5 Diploma in Housing
Dundee and Angus College - CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing & CIH Level 5 Diploma in Housing



What to do next

  • Contact the CIH Education team to discuss getting your programme(s) validated towards CIH membership - full or partial validation
  • Contact the CIH awarding organisation to discuss becoming approved to deliver a CIH qualification
  • Contact your preferred centre for details of how to apply to study a qualification


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