Become an approved centre

We believe that it is crucial to the housing sector that individuals and organisations have the skills and knowledge they need to deliver excellence for their customers. To make this happen, the CIH awarding organisation partners with approved centres to deliver a range of qualifications to the housing and property management sectors.

What is an approved centre?

As an approved centre for CIH qualifications, you can deliver qualification programmes designed by the CIH awarding organisation to the housing and property management sectors.

For each qualification, we set the specification, and the learning outcomes of the units and externally quality assures all courses. They can be offered on a part-time, full-time, blended learning or block release study basis or via online learning.

Approved centres are responsible for:

  • Developing the supporting teaching materials
  • Assignments
  • Co-ordinating the student studies
  • Teaching the course
  • Managing the internal quality assurance and internal verification
  • Market the programme
  • Administer the CIH learner registration fees

When you can provide evidence that you are capable of delivering the qualifications you wish to offer, approval will be granted. To meet the CIH awarding organisation requirements, you must have the facilities, resources, quality systems and qualified personnel.

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 2022 to 31 March 2023. 

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.

Mandatory centre fees

New centre approval - £740

On receipt of a centre approval application form, centres will be charged a non-refundable fee of £715 to cover the process for centre approval.

Annual centre registration - £590

This covers the 12-month period from the date of initial approval for the following services:

  • Annual external quality assurer visit
  • Annual centre forum
  • Administration and other support
  • Moodle access
Supplementary fees for services available to centres

Approval to deliver an additional qualification - £360

On receipt of an application to deliver a new qualification/additional unit/s form, where a centre has applied to deliver an entirely new qualification, centres will be charged a non-refundable fee of £360 to cover the approval process, including the approval of the associated assessment tasks.

Approval to deliver additional unit/s - £52

On receipt of an application to deliver a new qualification/additional unit/s form, where a centre has applied to deliver additional units for a qualification that it already has approval for, centres will be charged a non-refundable fee of £52 per unit to cover the approval process including the approval of associated assessment tasks.

Additional external quality assurance visit - £600

If centres require additional support visits, these are chargeable at £600 per day (inclusive of expenses).

Additional external quality assurance/moderation support - £182

If centres require additional quality assurance or moderation support, this is chargeable at £182 per day.

Assignment approval (third submission) per assignment - £38 +VAT

Centres are required to have assignments approved for units of qualifications. This service is not charged for on the first and second attempts. However, if the assignment must be reviewed a third time, a charge to contribute to this cost will be made.

Learner registration fees

Centres will be charged a non-refundable fee for each learner they register with CIH for a qualification or unit/s. An e-certificate is provided for every learner achieving qualification as part of the standard qualification fee. If the learner requires a printed certificate an additional fee is chargeable.

Registration fees

The standard qualification fee per learner is calculated on the basis of the registration fee plus, the number of units taken based on level.

  • Registration fee - £46
  • Learner level 2/3 unit fee - £19
  • Learner level 4/5 unit fee - £26.50

Learners are able to undertake single units of the qualifications, based on the fees above (for example, a learner undertaking a level 2 unit would be chargeable at £65.00 and then subsequent units at £19.00).

If the learner goes on to achieve all of the units required for the qualification, a second £46 charge will be made at the point they upgrade their unit achievement to a full qualification achievement.

Associated learner fees

Centres must check all learner details are correct when claiming an e-certificate.

  • Printed certificate charge - £38
  • Learner transfer fee £38

Scheme code

Qualification title

Minimum number of units

Fee per learner

2R04

CIH Level 2 Award in Involvement in Housing and Communities

Three

£103

2P02

CIH Level 2 Award in Letting and Managing Residential Property

Three

£103

2H04

CIH Level 2 Certificate in Housing Practice

Four

£122

2A05

CIH Level 2 Certificate in Neighbourhood Maintenance

Four

£122

5S07

CIH Certificate in Housing Practice at SCQF level 5

Four

£122

3H13

CIH Level 3 Award in Housing Practice

Three

£103

3R05

CIH Level 3 Award in Resident Scrutiny

Two

£84

3A03

CIH Level 3 Certificate in Housing Maintenance and Asset Management 

Four

£122

3H14

CIH Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice

Eight

£200

3H12

CIH Level 3 Certificate in Housing Services

Four

£122

3P02

CIH Level 3 Certificate in Letting and Managing Residential Property

Four

£122

3H11

CIH Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Homeless People

Four

£122

4A08

CIH Level 4 Certificate in Managing Housing Maintenance

Six

£205

4H09

CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing

Six

£205

5H01

CIH Level 5 Diploma in Housing (without L4 PP Skills unit)

Five

£178.50

5H01

CIH Level 5 Diploma in Housing (with L4 PP Skills unit)

Six

£205

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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Validations and recognitions

As the professional body for people who work in housing, CIH is asked to validate or approve university courses which lead to chartered status (CIHCM). We work with organisations to validate and support programmes which positively contribute to the mission and values of the institute. Any application must demonstrate the benefit to staff undertaking a programme and its contribution to the wider housing profession. We currently have 23 centres in the UK and 19 international centres (mainly in Hong Kong and China).

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Important documents
Hear about our promise to you as an awarding organisation and the CIH UK specification for Chartered Membership.
End-point assessment
CIH has been approved as an end-point assessment organisation for all three levels of the new housing and property management apprenticeships.
Need to contact us?
If you have any queries about CIH qualifications or becoming an accredited centre, please call us on 02476 851 700. If you're a learner or approved centre, you have the right to complain if you are dissatisfied with any element of our service.