The Housing Academy offer three apprenticeship programmes, level two, three and four. The programmes consist of four components: the certificate (the qualification or knowledge aspect), a portfolio, a case study or project, and the professional development modules (PDMs). 

Level two

Level two apprenticeships are aimed at people just starting their career in housing or with less than two years experience. The apprenticeship programme is 12-18 months and offers apprentices the opportunity to also complete a CIH Level 2 Certificate in Housing Practice. By completing an apprenticeship an apprentice has a strong platform to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours to progress in their career.

Level three

Level three apprenticeships are aimed at people at officer level who have a good understanding of their working environment, but are ready to progress in their career. The apprenticeship programme is 18-24 months and also offers apprentices the opportunity to complete a CIH Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice.. By completing an apprenticeship an apprentice will have developed the tools they need to take the next step in their career.

Level four

Level four apprenticeships are aimed at people who have worked as a housing professional for a number of years, are in a position with managerial responsibility, and are ready to progress their career further. The apprenticeship programme is 18-24 months and also offers apprentices the opportunity to complete a CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing. By completing an apprenticeship an apprentices with have the skills and confidence to develop their career further.

Professional development modules

The professional development modules (PDMs), are online training modules, developed for the apprenticeship based on challenges apprentices may face in their role. Level two apprentices will be invited to attend four sessions, level three apprentices five sessions and level four apprentices six sessions.

Modules include (dependant on level):

  • Confidence in self and others
  • Customers and communication
  • Operational decision making
  • Project management
  • Responding to vulnerability


CIH Housing Apprenticeships are linked to the apprenticeship levy, employers that have a pay bill in excess of £3M can use the levy, via training providers, to enrol employees on apprenticeship programmes.

Apprenticeship fees
  • Level two - £3,000
  • Level three - £7,000
  • Level four - £9,000
Registration and certification fees

If an apprentice is registered to study a housing certificate as part of their apprenticeship, employers will have to pay an additional registration and certification cost per apprentice. As outlined in the Apprenticeship Funding Rules, registration and certification of the qualification cannot be paid for using the Apprenticeship Levy.

  • Level two - £118

  • Level three - £192

  • Level four - £197

Closing dates for applications

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

4 February 2021

21 January 2022

18 February 2022

27 May 2022

13 May 2022

10 June 2022

30 September 2022

16 September 2022

14 October 2022

Applying for an apprenticeship programme

To apply* for an apprenticeship programme, potential apprentices must first complete an initial assessment. Once the initial assessment has been reviewed, an application form will be sent out. The initial assessment and application form must be returned to the Apprenticeship team by the closing dates listed above.

*The Apprenticeships team reserved the right to change the level based on information provided in the initial assessment.

Request initial assessment or further information


Guidance for apprentices
As an apprentice you are agreeing to work through a structured programme developed to build on your current knowledge, skills and behaviours and challenge you in ways you would be unable to do so without the support of your employer and the completion of the apprenticeship programme.
A Guide For Apprentices
Guidance for employers
As an employer you are agreeing to support an apprentice and provide them with a supportive and nurturing environment. This includes 20% off the job training, and access to opportunities that will enhance their apprenticeship experience.
A Guide For Employers
Frequently asked questions
View our frequently asked questions about CIH apprenticeship programme.