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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Fees for approved centres

There are some fees associated with becoming an approved centre and the delivery of CIH qualifications for the housing and property management sectors, including centre fees and learner registration fees. The fees outlined below are valid from 1 April 2019 until 31 March 2020.

Download the CIH awarding organisation fees for 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

NEW: Download the CIH awarding organisation fees for 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

Learner registration fees

The charges for CIH qualifications are calculated using a formula. There will be an initial fee to cover the registration through certification process and a fee per unit in the qualification. Therefore a larger qualification will cost more than a smaller qualification and a higher level qualification will cost more than a lower level qualification.

Centres who devise a course that contains units which together do not make an approved qualification will be charged a one off registration/certification fee for each learner, plus an individual unit fee for each unit in the course, for each learner. For example, if a centre delivers a course with two units at Level 2 this will cost £79.00 per learner.

Award Fee
Individual unit fee for Level 2 £18.00
Individual unit fee for Level 3 £18.00

Individual unit fee for Level 4


Individual unit fee for Level 5 £25.00
One off registration / certification fee £43.00

Centre fees

As well as an initial fee at the time of approval, an annual fee to maintain CIH approved centre status applies. Services provided in return for these fees include: support to gain approval to deliver a new qualification or unit, administrative support, and centre visits from an external quality assurer.

New centre approval (includes initial qualification/s) £700.00
Centre approval to deliver additional qualification
(fee is per qualification)
Approval to deliver additional unit (per unit) £50.00
Annual approved centre fee £560.00
Additional external quality assurance (EQA) visit £550.00
Additional external quality assurance support (per day) £175.00

Awarding organisation fee rules and assumptions

  • Centres will register learners on the most appropriate learning aim (qualification or combination of units)
  • Registration fees are non-refundable
  • If a learner defers and returns to learning within a year, the centre will not be invoiced again provided the learner is still aiming to complete the original learning aim (qualification or combination of units) that they are registered against

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