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13 May 2024 29 April 2024 12 months £2410 Closed
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19 August 2024 22 July 2024 12 months £2410 Enrol online
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What is the Level 4 Certificate in Housing?

The Level 4 Certificate in Housing is a one year vocational qualification and is at the same level of learning as the first year of an undergraduate degree.

The qualification is designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of how your organisation and others in the housing industry work. It equips you with advanced technical knowledge in housing practice at a management level, empowering you to excel as a proficient and effective housing professional.

Progression route

On completion you will be able to progress to Level 5 Diploma in Housing and CIH Chartered membership CIHCM.

Who is this qualification for?

The CIH Level 4 qualifications are for individuals in or aspiring to a supervisory or management role in housing. They are designed to explore in greater depth the contextual and specialised knowledge for the housing professional.

Entry requirements

Experience requirements

  • You should be working in housing or a housing related industry, preferably at a management or supervisory level.
  • You should, as a minimum requirement, have completed one of the following:

Learners must also meet the follow criteria:

  • 18+
  • Are working or resident in the UK or Ireland
  • Are confident in using IT and have access to a computer.
  • Have the potential and opportunity to gain the qualification
  • Are aware that this qualification will be assignment based as the Housing Academy’s chosen method of assessment and that other Centres may be approved for other assessment methodologies.
  • Are aware that they must demonstrate an understanding of all the Learning Outcomes to achieve each unit of study within the qualification.

Level 4 descriptors

Please read the following level 4 descriptors that indicate the level that a learner must be working at to achieve the qualification and are confident that they are able to meet these requirements.

Knowledge descriptor

  • You have practical, theoretical, or technical knowledge and understanding of a subject or field of work to address problems that are well defined but complex and non-routine
  • You can analyse, interpret, and evaluate relevant information and ideas.
  • You are aware of the nature of approximate scope of the area of study or work
  • You have an informed awareness of different perspectives or approaches within the area of study or work

Skills descriptor

  • You can identify, adapt, and use appropriate cognitive and practical skills to inform actions and address problems that are complex and non-routine while normally fairly well defined.
  • You can review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods actions and results.

How long does it take?

  • 12 months, with an average of eight hours study a week.

What will you learn?

The level 4 Certificate in Housing qualification explores areas of housing policy, law, finance, and professional practice.

Unit options
Online study

You'll need to complete four mandatory units:

  1. Housing policy
  2. Finance for housing
  3. Housing law
  4. Professional practice skills for housing

Then two optional units:

  • Housing management services
  • Managing people and change
  • Strategies for promoting independent living and wellbeing
  • Research skills for housing
Online plus

You'll complete six mandatory units:

  • Housing policy
  • Finance for housing
  • Housing law
  • Professional practice skills for housing
  • Managing people and change
  • Housing management services 

Qualification units

Housing policy

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Housing policy

In this unit, you will cover the following:

  • Understand the policy process in a housing context
  • Understand the historical development of national housing policy
  • Understand how a housing policy impacts practice

Financing for housing

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Financing for housing

In this unit, you will cover the following:

  • Understand the impact of financing policy on the provision of housing
  • Understand the income and expenditure of housing organisations
  • Understand approaches to budgeting and forecasting for the financing of housing organisations

Housing law

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Housing law

In this unit, you will cover the following:

  • Understand the legal framework in a housing context
  • Understand the key legislation in relation to landlords and tenants
  • Understand the application of the law to an area of housing practice

Professional practice skills for housing

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Professional practice skills for housing

In this unit, you will cover the following:

  • Understand the concepts of being a member of a profession and acting professionally
  • Understand the skills required to be a housing professional
  • Be able to assess own professional performance
  • Be able to manage own professional development

Housing management services

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Housing management services

In this unit, you will cover the following:

  • Understand the basis for the provision of housing services
  • Understand key housing management functions
  • Understand how individuals access housing

Managing people and change

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Managing people and change

In this unit, you will cover the following:

  • Understand the key human resource functions used to manage people
  • Understand the principles of team management
  • Understand how to manage change
Optional

Strategies for promoting independent living and wellbeing

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Strategies for promoting independent living and wellbeing

In this unit, you will cover the following:

  • Understand the policy context of independent living and how it contributes to the integration of health and care
  • Understand local strategies for health and well being
  • Understand organisational procedures to safeguard individuals with care and support needs
  • Understand how technology, housing management practice and design can enable independent living to achieve health and well being

Please note: This unit is not available if you study through online plus.

Optional

Research skills for housing

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Research skills for housing

In this unit, you will cover the following:

  • Understand why research is important for planning housing and housing-related services
  • Understand different research methods and research ethics
  • Be able to plan a research study

Please note: This unit is not available if you study through online plus.

What can I expect as a CIH Housing Academy learner?

We will support you throughout your qualification, offering guidance when personal or work-related problems arise that may affect your studies.

How we support you
  • At the beginning of the qualification you will be provided with a brief introduction to the qualification and information on how it is delivered, structured and assessed.
  • You will be allocated an academic tutor who will offer you support throughout your qualification.
  • You can contact your tutor through ‘Moodle messenger’ when logged in to our online learning platform, Moodle.
  • Your tutor will mark your assignments and give you feedback as well as providing you with advice and support on any academic issues.
  • You will be able to communicate and share ideas with other students via Moodle.

How to apply

You can apply to study this qualification by selecting a start date from the table at the top of this page and completing our online application form.

You will be asked to provide evidence of your qualifications and/or your experience of working in the housing sector as part of the application process.

You will be asked to select a payment option during the application process.

Payment options
Individuals

Individuals or purchasers (making the booking on an individual’s behalf) booking onto all courses are required to pay their full fees within seven days of receipt of the invoice or prior to the start date* of the course.

Payment can be made by credit or debit card.

Failure to complete payment prior to the start date may mean that your course date will need to be changed or services stopped.

*The start date is the day of the advertised closing date for applications.

Organisations

If payment for fees is to be made by the individual’s organisation, a purchase order is required.

It is the individual’s responsibility to provide this to CIH at the time of booking so please ensure you have this to hand before you begin your application.

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