Honoured class of membership

This is an honoured class of membership recognising highly experienced professionals who have made a significant contribution to the housing profession. It is the most senior membership grade offered by CIH.

Fellows are entitled to use the designatory letters FCIH, vote at CIH meetings and stand-in for Governing Board.


How to apply

Adrian Huckin FCIH | Executive director of innovation, culture and improvement Merlin Homes

I have benefited from the professional training afforded to me by the CIH, whilst I was studying for my professional examinations and participating in the CPD programme. Exclusive discounts on courses, conferences, access to the webinar programme and wider professional guidance has ensured I have kept abreast of national, regional and local policy issues. I have also specifically benefitted from being a member of the CIH in Wales where access to our decision makers has been possible and actively encouraged.

John Keegan FCIH | Chief executive, Monmouthshire Housing Association

CIH membership is essential for promotion and a great way to network and meet like-minded people. Joining CIH is a sign of commitment to the profession. Joining CIH is a sign of commitment to your own development and it’s a way of promoting our profession as a fantastic career.

Jason Wroe FCIH | Chief executive, Newydd Group Ltd

Being part of CIH means you are in a club of like-minded individuals trying to achieve the same thing as you - whether that is career improvement, better outcomes & performance in your current role, or improving the provision of affordable housing and sustainable communities for everyone.

Catharine Hinton FCIH

If you are thinking about whether it is worth doing the extra work to gain chartered or fellowship membership of the CIH my recommendation is to go for it. Make a start on the form, ask for references, and start compiling your evidence. It can seem overwhelming, but it has been a wonderful and valuable journey for me.

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Eligibility criteria

To become a fellow you will need to be a current chartered member of CIH and be able to demonstarte how you have contributed to the profession. 

Assessment for fellowship is based on the following criteria:

  • Contribution to the profession and the community: the member has been actively engaged in developing and supporting other members of the profession and/or the community and can demonstrate they have made a difference
  • Leadership: the member will have shown leadership experience in their field, developing and delivering a vision, encouraging others and advancing the environment in the sector in which they operate

The benefits of being a fellow

Aside from all the great member benefits that you have access to, Fellowship is recognised across the housing profession as an indicator of professional expertise, competence as a broad-skilled practitioner and a commitment to both improving communities and enriching the housing profession.

The benefits of becoming a fellow of CIH include:

  • Proof of your professionalism
  • Evidence that you have kept up-to-date with current housing issues
  • Demonstration of your commitment to housing as a profession
  • The use of the designatory letters FCIH demonstrating your status and expertise within housing
  • Assist other CIH members to implement effective career development strategies at a time of rapid change in the housing world by becoming a Mentor
  • Eligible to apply for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) professionally qualified person card
  • Contribute to CIH’s work to influence the policy agenda by joining our member opinion panel
  • Get the new Totum discount card and app giving you access to huge offers on food and essentials, tech, travel and home delivery. 

Peter Bond FCIH  |  housing assessor, The Learning Foundry

I decided to apply because I was keen to demonstrate my continued commitment to professional development. Furthermore, I wanted to be a positive example for other frontline housing officers and managers to follow and demonstrate that you don't necessarily have to be a chief executive to become a fellow.

How to apply

Application checklist

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Attach your Curriculum vitae
  3. Include a personal statement (1000 words maximum)
  4. Include statements by two referees
  5. Show evidence of 20 hours CPD during the last 12 months
  6. Submit your application

Please note the application fee is non-refundable and is due at the time of application.

Applications will not go before the CIH Fellowship Admissions Panel until full payment has been received. 

Fellowship guide
Only existing chartered members can apply for fellowship. Applications can be made at any time and will be held until the next meeting of the panel.
Membership benefits
Get access to all the up-to-date information and best practice in the sector, as well as free attendance at over 100 local events, online training and a wide array of digital resources.
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Become a mentor
Becoming a mentor can also count towards your continuing professional development and form part of the "significant contribution to the housing sector" required if you wish to become a CIH Fellow.
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