Demonstrate your professional experience and practice

Chartered membership is a demonstration of your housing expertise, commitment and ethical standards. It is the recognition that you are a fully qualified, competent and committed professional.

This path to chartered membership is aimed at housing practitioners operating at director or senior management level. You will be required to demonstrate and present a case on how your professional experience and practice shows that you meet the requirements of chartered membership. 

How to apply

  • You need to be a current chief executive, director or professional partner working in housing or the built environment.

  • You will be required to submit a statement with examples demonstrating your experience and practice at a strategic level in your organisation and how you influence policy and practice agendas locally, regionally and nationally against the criteria for Chartered membership.

What will I learn?

The programme will require you to reflect upon your professional capability and learning approaches to demonstrate your knowledge of contemporary housing issues, and appropriate skills and behaviours for housing work. 

The programme covers the following themes: 

  1. contemporary housing issues  
  2. knowledge, skills and behaviours
  3.  reflective practice  
  4. professionalism 
  5. ethical behaviour 
  6. professional development 


You will be assessed during a professional interview. Interviews are conducted virtually on MS Teams, and usually take place the first Friday of every month (two candidates minimum, four candidates maximum).

Further information

Applicants are required to demonstrate and present a case on how their professional experience and practice shows that they meet the requirements of chartered membership, which are to:

  • Maximise the positive impact of their work on individuals and communities
  • Deliver services that are designed to maximise the positive impact on customers
  • Work with partners to improve effectiveness.
  • Contribute to the profession, sharing experience and supporting innovation
  • Communicate effectively – taking care to select the right style and method for the audience
  • Have an ethical approach to their work - using the CIH ethical framework when faced with dilemmas
  • Ensure that they have the right skills and knowledge for the job – scanning the horizon to predict future challenges and preparing effectively
  • Embrace non-discriminatory practice and challenge behaviour which works against equality and diversity principles of good practice
  • Support initiatives for delivering services which are socially responsible
  • Promote and engage with policies and processes which conserve resources and support sustainable development.

It should also show how your professional experience and practice shows:

  • your contribution to the housing profession
  • the strategic direction of your organisation and how it meets government housing policy
  • your experience in managing resources (people and/or teams)
  • a reflection on your professional experience
  • your practice of professional development and working to a code of ethics
  • how you continue to influence policy and practice agendas locally, regionally and nationally

What are the benefits?

  • no course attendance required – a reflective assessment process that is relevant to your role and organisation
  • peer review group dates available throughout the year
  • successful completion leads to CIH chartered membership and the use of the letters CIHCM after your name to show that you are a fully qualified housing professional

Additional information

A registration fee of £1,500 for UK-based candidates applies. Candidates outside the UK will be advised separately of the fee.

Contact a team member on 024 7685 1700 or email if you want more information about the application process.

Penny Gilyard CIHCM | Executive Director of Resources, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing Limited

The executive route gave me the opportunity to use my existing experience and knowledge in order to attain chartered membership. As a busy professional, this was invaluable. I would also like to be more involved in supporting CIH, so becoming a chartered member was actually a very important personal goal for me

CIH member Penny Gilyard
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