This path to chartered membership is aimed at experienced housing professionals who want to demonstrate that they have the knowledge required to lead people and manage change. 

This programme recognises professional capability and previous qualifications and is a commitment to maintaining up-to-date knowledge of housing issues.


To apply for this route you need to meet one of the three eligibility criteria below:  

  • you have worked in a housing organisation or the residential built environment for five years, two of which are at management level working as a senior manager or head-of-service and you have a degree level qualification in a related field to a housing career or a minimum Level 4 CIH qualification

  • you have worked in a housing organisation or the residential built environment for three years and you are a fully qualified member (chartered member/fellow) of another relevant professional body related to housing

  • you have more than five continuous years’ experience working as a senior manager or head-of-service in a housing organisation

What will I learn?

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

This programme covers the following themes: 

  • contemporary housing issues  
  • knowledge, skills and behaviours
  •  reflective practice  
  • professionalism 
  • ethical behaviour 
  • professional development 

How will I get assessed?

You will be assessed in two stages:

  • stage one: A 5,000 reflective written assignment that has to be complete within four months of the start of your programme
  • stage two: A professional interview which takes place once the assignment has been successfully completed
The assignment

The assignment is broken down into three components:

  • a reflection upon your current role in the housing sector
  • four case studies which demonstrate your ability to think reflectively, act professionally and behave ethically.
  • an evaluation of your future development needs and future contributions to the housing profession
The professional interview

You will be required to deliever a presentation in front of a panel of experienced housing professionals. This will be followed by a series of questions, designed to encourage discussion, relating to the programme themes.

Individuals, both inside and outside the UK, will be notified of the arrangements for the interview after successful completion of the assignment. Successful completion of both the assignment and professional interview will confirm that you have achieved the standards for chartered membership.

What are the benefits?

  • all study is online, there are no course attendance requirements
  • the first stage of the programme, the assignment, can be completed in four months
  • the topics covered by the programme are relevant to a range of roles within housing
  • the reflective assessment process supports personal and professional development
  • the interview provides an opportunity to engage in conversation with experienced housing professionals
  • you will achieve CIHCM and receive confirmation that you achieved CIHCM status through the EPR route

What support will I receive?

As well as having access to online learning materials designed to support the specific themes of the programme, you will also be allocated a tutor who will advise on academic requirements of the programme and who will assess your assignment.

You will be advised to secure a mentor from housing practice who can offer support, guidance and advice
from a professional practice perspective.

Jameel Malik | Director Of Operations, Habinteg Housing Association

The learning I undertook as part of the experienced professional route has enabled me to identify areas for improvement in my day-to-day role and has also fine-tuned the tools I have available to put successful change management into place.

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