Gold standard

Chartered membership is the hallmark of your success in housing, it's a demonstration of your housing expertise, your commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards. It shows the recognition that you are a fully qualified, competent and committed housing professional.


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Sign up from £31* a month

Stand out from the crowd, enhance your status with colleagues and employers by showing that you are a trusted housing professional.

This grade is aimed at individuals who have achieved a CIH recognised qualification at Level 5 or above, or completed an experiential route accredited by CIH. We often see individuals who are senior managers, aspiring leaders and experienced professionals, apply for this grade.

You also become eligible to apply for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) professionally qualified person card.

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*Pay your £368 membership cost via Direct Debit across 12 months.

How we support you

Member-exclusive events
As a member you can attend all* our events for free, they cover a variety of topics, ranging from practical housing management, high-level policy discussions to webinars designed to support your professional development.
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Mentoring programme
Get direct access to our mentoring programme, bringing together members from across the housing sector, becoming a mentor can also count towards your continuing professional development and form part of the significant contribution to the housing sector required if you wish to become a Fellow.
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Opinion panel
Our CIH member opinion panel gives you the opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas around housing-related issues from all across the UK. Join over 500 other housing professionals influencing CIH’s policy work.
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Knowledge hub
The Knowledge Hub is designed to support you in your job by giving you access to a variety of topics, ranging from practical housing management, high-level policy discussions, real-life case studies and more. Using the Knowledge hub will develop your understanding of what you need to know to deliver excellent housing services.
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CPD programme
We dedicate ourselves to support you in your continuous professional development (CPD). Being able to track, record and monitor your CPD is crucial as you progress through the membership grades, but also as evidence of your personal professional development to your employer.
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Become a TILM member
We’ve partnered with The Institute of Leadership and Management (TILM) to offer an exclusive joint membership deal to current CIH members, giving access to a wealth of support to grow your leadership potential within the housing sector.
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Keeping you informed
Latest news

Be the first to know about all the breaking news for the sector as and when it happens.

Inside Housing subscription

Your CIH membership will unlock full access to Inside Housing so you can keep up to date with the latest housing news. You’ll receive a digital copy of Week in Housing, the weekly round-up and analysis of the week’s biggest stories, and a monthly bumper physical edition of Inside Housing, delving deep into key themes, with new levels of detailed analysis and in-depth research, packed full of knowledge and insight.

You can also make use of IH Live, a new mix of video and audio content designed to bring you the latest thinking, innovative ideas and guidance and regular IH newsletters straight to your inbox.

Housing Matters

Our fortnightly newsletter dedicated to you ensures that you are kept in the loop with all things CIH as well as what is going on in the wider sector. Find out about upcoming events and member-only blogs and reports.

In your region

Once a month you'll receive a regional newsletter from your regional manager packed full of the latest policy news, latest housing stories, upcoming events, training courses and qualifications.

Rhiannon Davies CIHCM | Housing Policy and Performance Officer, North Kesteven District Council

Completing the Level 5 Diploma has significantly developed my strategic knowledge and skills. It is also reinforcing the principles of ethical professional practice, which are extremely important within our sector. Achieving and holding Chartered Member status demonstrates my commitment to the housing profession, both within my own organisation and in the wider local government and housing sectors and gives me the tools I need to continue my development as a housing professional.

Clive Greenwood CIHCM | Income Management Team Leader, Unity Housing Association Ltd

Through free member events I have been able to facilitate improvements in my organisation in areas from tackling domestic abuse to improving tenant engagement. Alongside these I have seen a colleague attend a career development event and come back so re-invigorated she immediately took a number of steps which successfully propelled her to a new role in her career. It is member events such as these which I believe are at the heart of the value CIH membership offers.

Kerry Clayton MSc CIHCM | Housing Officer, Elderpark Housing Association

I find being part of a large network of housing professionals really beneficial, in that I am able to draw on the knowledge of others throughout the sector to help me perform better within my role and promote best practice within my organisation. Having access to excellent resources allows me to work to a consistently high standard and ensure continuous professional development.

Find your path to chartered membership

Several undergraduate and postgraduate courses, both full and part-time are recognised by CIH as meeting the requirements for chartered membership. Universities from around the country offer these courses.

Level 5 Diploma
This path is for aspiring professionals, supervisors and managers. This qualification covers leadership and management, strategic business planning, ethical and professional practice and managing relationships.
CIH Level 5 Diploma in Housing
Experienced professional
This path is aimed at experienced housing professionals who want to demonstrate that they have the knowledge required to lead people and manage change.
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This path is aimed at housing practitioners operating at director or senior management level. It requires applicants to demonstrate and present a case on how their professional experience and practice shows that they meet the requirements of chartered membership.
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Apex online
This route is for professionals who completed a CIH professional course prior to 2007. This route requires eligible candidates to work through an online program independently at their own pace.
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Not sure which path to follow? Call 024 7685 1700 or email

Speak to the membership team today on 024 7685 1700 or email