Become a professional

This grade of membership will give you the opportunity to be part of the biggest community of housing professionals. Whether you have an interest in housing or are starting off in a housing career, yet to embark on any qualifications, this grade of membership will have you covered. CIH members get access to all of our member benefits including our popular mentoring scheme.  


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Ann-Marie Rogers CIHM | Neighbourhood Services Manager, Ocean Housing Ltd

“Being part of the biggest network of housing professionals” is like having being part of a big family, you can always access support, best practice information, latest news and be part of something positive that can make a real difference to people.

Cheryl Appleton-Owen CIHM | Housing Options Officer, Isle of Anglesey County Council

“Being a CIH member and completing the accredited courses makes me confident in the workplace. The knowledge I have gained from the CIH qualifications and by being part of this body enables me to do my job better. I would recommend CIH membership to anyone working within the field.

CIH member Ann Marie Rogers
CIH member Cheryl Appleton-Owen

Your member benefits

Benefits from £17 a month*

If you have an interest in or passion for housing and want to become part of CIH's community of housing professionals, you can join as a CIH Standard member.

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 CIHM after your name to enhance your status with colleagues and employers. You also get a CIHM logo for personal use such as on personal business cards. Find out more about our other membership grades.

  • Mentoring scheme

You get 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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