Proud to be professional

This grade of membership is the "industry standard" for housing professionals. This shows employers that you have achieved a certain level of skills and knowledge needed to be a housing professional. Once you complete a CIH level three or level four qualification, you will be eligible for this grade of membership.

CIH is not only a provider of qualifications, but we also want to offer you tools and advice to help you do your job better and to support you throughout your career. 

To upgrade your current membership, please contact the membership team to discuss your opportunities.


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Sarita Gregory-Brook CertCIH | Head of Neighbourhoods (South East), A2 Dominion

It has been invaluable reaching out to colleagues across the sector to get their help and knowledge on projects I’m working on. I’ve been in touch several times regarding fixed term tenancies and new ways of working in relation to housing management models. The conversations I have had have really helped me to gather research and information, but also get points of view and gain an insight into what others are doing in the sector.

Josh Millar CertCIH | Housing Officer, City of Edinburgh Council

As a mobile worker, the weekly briefings make keeping informed so much more manageable since the material is always accessible from my fingertips. The range of publications ensures I am always primed for whatever new challenges wait around the corner and mean that when change comes knocking I am ready; turning a potential headache into a chance for opportunity, innovation and inspiration.

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Your member benefits

Benefits from £17 a month*

Show your commitment to your profession – learn, share and improve your skills and knowledge.

What do you get for your membership?
Grow in your career
  • Professional recognition

Membership equates to industry-recognized standards in knowledge, skills, and behaviour for you as a housing professional. Use the designation CertCIH after your name to enhance your status with colleagues and employers. You also get a CertCIH logo for personal use such as on personal business cards. Find out more about our other membership grades.

  • Mentoring scheme

You get direct access to our mentoring scheme, bringing together members from across the housing sector. The knowledge and experience of our mentors provide invaluable support to other members no matter where they are in their career. This free service is available to all paying members. 

  • Career 

Our career section provides you with easy access to a wealth of career development tools and resources, which is tailored to you. We are committed to continually adding valuable resources that will help you adapt and respond to our continuously changing world. 

  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme

We dedicate ourselves to supporting you as a member in your continuous professional development (CPD). Membership is designed to support you for the duration of your housing career and being able to track, record and monitor your CPD is crucial as you progress through the membership grades. It is also evidence of your personal professional development to your employer. 

Professional development
  • The Knowledge Hub 

This is your go-to resource as a member of all things policy and practice. It is broken down by specialist areas and is led by members and their organisations but supported by us. This service gets to the heart of how the sector is responding and operating on the frontline, across the topics that matter most.  

  • Webinars 

Webinars are free for members and provide invaluable, sector-led content across the key topics affecting housing professionals and the communities we serve. With expert guest speakers and latest input from our in-house policy team, you can listen, learn and engage in real-time or even catch up afterwards without having to move an inch. 

  • ‘How to’ and ‘what you need to know’ briefings

Keeping your finger on the pulse is a fundamental part of professionalism. We help you to do just that with our series of ‘how-to’ reports and ‘what you need to know’ policy briefings. These resources come as a direct response to new legislation, consultations or major events to ensure that you are at the forefront as a housing professional. 

Your community
  • Local networks 

Our network of local volunteers across the UK, work relentlessly to help us deliver a full programme of local member events. From Think Tanks to virtual roundtables to student events, everything is local to you, providing a truly national voice for members.    

  • National networks  

We provide unrivalled opportunities to come together as one voice for housing. You get an exclusive member discount at any of our national conferences and events. You also get the opportunity to network with other members from other parts of the country, share sector best practice, learning and build relationships that span your whole housing career.  

Stay up-to-date
  • Latest news 

You get access to sector breaking news as and when it happens. 

  • Housing matters  

Our fortnightly member newsletter ensures that you are kept in the up to date with CIH what is going on in the sector. You also get the latest information on upcoming events, your benefits, member-only blogs and reports.

  • Inside Housing subscription

Your CIH membership will unlock full access to Inside Housing so you can keep up to date with the latest housing news. You’ll receive a digital copy of Week in Housing, the weekly round-up and analysis of the week’s biggest stories, and a monthly bumper physical edition of Inside Housing, delving deep into key themes, with new levels of detailed analysis and in-depth research, packed full of knowledge and insight.

You can also make use of IH Live, a new mix of video and audio content designed to bring you the latest thinking, innovative ideas and guidance and regular IH newsletters straight to your inbox.

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