This path to Chartered membership recognises professional capability and previous qualifications and is a commitment to maintaining up-to-date knowledge of housing issues. It 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.
Chartered membership is a demonstration and a recognition of your housing expertise, your contribution to the housing profession, and your commitment to professional and ethical standards.
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:
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 CIH Level 4 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.
If you work in an academic setting you can access the programme providing you can evidence practical understanding/experience of housing through some or all of the following:
You might have worked in housing practice before you became an academic or are currently a board member of a housing association or a similar organisation
You have researched and published on an aspect of housing practice
Through your teaching, you disseminate information on housing practice, and how skills, competencies and behaviours to work in the housing sector can be developed and enhanced.
You will be assessed in two stages:
The assignment is broken down into four components:
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.
You are required to demonstrate and present a case on how your professional experience and practice shows that they meet the requirements of chartered membership, which are to:
It should also demonstrate how your professional experience and practice shows:
Although the route is based on self-study, as well as having access to online learning materials designed to support the specific themes of the programme, study skills and guidance on how to complete the assignment, 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.
A registration fee of £1,300 for UK-based candidates applies. Candidates outside the UK will be advised separately of the fee.
Watch our video from Michael Braithwaite, CEO at Blue Door, as he talks about his experience with the CIH's experienced professional route (EPR) to Chartered membership CIHCM.
"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."