Access to Chartered status via the APEX online module is to close.

No new registrations for this module will be taken after 30 September 2023. After that date, eligible candidates will be directed to the CIH Experienced Professional Route or CIH Executive Route

For any queries on access to these routes, please contact CIH Housing Academy.

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What is Apex?

  • Apex online is the route to chartered membership for anyone who completed a CIH validated academic programme prior to 2007
  • This route requires eligible candidates to work through an online programme independently at their own pace
  • Training materials will be made available for completion within three months from the date of enrolment
  • A mandatory requirement for this application is to provide proof of your qualification before being registered and charged for the online course.

Course overview

  • Introduction to the role and purpose of CIH and what chartered membership mean
  • Professionalism
    • The code of ethics
    • The code of conduct
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
    • What do we mean by CPD?
    • Personal and professional development planning
    • Maintaining your CPD


The fee for new candidates registering for Apex online is £182 (non-refundable).

This fee includes:

  • CIH student membership whilst studying
  • Access to the online training materials for three months

You can also upgrade to chartered membership once the remainder of the subscription year fees are paid.


Apply for Apex online


To guarantee your place, you must submit a copy of your pass certificate or a letter from your university verifying that you have successfully completed your course.


As a chartered member, you’re entitled to the wide variety of benefits that all CIH members receive, to keep you up-to-date with the latest developments in the sector.

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

Study through us

Through our expert educational routes, we can provide you with the skills, knowledge and behaviours you need to be the best housing professionals possible.

Qualifications & training


Our recordings cover various topics, from practical housing management and high-level policy discussions to events designed to support your professional development. All recordings are free for all CIH members, log in and listen/watch from anywhere.

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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.

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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Chartered membership
You achieve chartered status once you complete the course and retain an active membership.
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Continuing your learning
Further your learning through us. Discover what skills, knowledge and behaviours you need to be a brilliant professional
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Discuss this route to chartered membership with our membership team