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 competent and committed housing professional.

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

The right membership for you

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.

Suitable for:

  • Senior managers
  • Aspiring leaders
  • Experienced professionals

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

Our membership fees

Become a chartered member CIHCM for less than £33 a month*.

There are many different ways to pay for your membership fee, including:

  • Spread the cost over 12 months through Direct Debit at no extra cost
  • Pay online through MyCIH
  • If your employer is paying you can request an invoice online, over the phone or via email
  • Pay over the phone with our friendly membership team.

Ways to pay for your membership

*UK membership annual membership fee of £394 spread across 12 months by Direct Debit. Find out more about our fees for Ireland and International members. 

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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**Unfortunately due to the specific way these events are hosted, we are unable to include Manchester and live award ceremonies and dinners as part of the offer. Terms and conditions apply

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 forms 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.

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.

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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Publications library
Our publications focus on the latest policy topics and practical advice that you need to be a housing professional. CIH members can access all our publication documents for free.

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Keeping you informed

Be the first to know about all the breaking news for the sector as and when it happens. With regular newsletters to keep you in the loop with everything that is going on in the housing sector.

We will also keep you informed about about upcoming events, training courses and more.

How to become a chartered CIHCM member

You can apply online by following the link below. You will be required to create a my.CIH and verify your email address before completing your membership application. If you are having difficulties you find read our login guide here.

You can call also apply for membership over the phone. Call us on 024 7685 1700.

Apply online

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 route 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.

Not sure which path to follow? Call 024 7685 1700 or email

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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  • Weekends & Bank holidays: Closed
Help centre
Whether you're already a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing or are thinking of joining, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.