Honoured class of membership

This is an honoured class of membership recognising highly experienced professionals who have made a significant contribution to the housing profession. It's the most senior membership grade offered by CIH.


How to apply

Peter Bond FCIH  |  housing assessor, The Learning Foundry

I decided to apply because I was keen to demonstrate my continued commitment to professional development. Furthermore, I wanted to be a positive example for other frontline housing officers and managers to follow and demonstrate that you don't necessarily have to be a chief executive to become a fellow.

Sign up from £31* a month

Fellowship is recognised across the housing profession as an indicator of professional expertise, competence as a broad-skilled practitioner and a commitment to both improving communities and enriching the housing profession. We often see individuals who are senior leaders, aspiring leaders and experienced professionals, apply for this grade.

The benefits of becoming a fellow of CIH include:

  • Proof of your professionalism
  • Evidence that you have kept up-to-date with current housing issues
  • Demonstration of your commitment to housing as a profession
  • Ability to vote at CIH meetings and stand-in for governing board
  • 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. 

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

Adrian Huckin FCIH | Executive director of innovation, culture and improvement Merlin Homes

I have benefited from the professional training afforded to me by the CIH, whilst I was studying for my professional examinations and participating in the CPD programme. Exclusive discounts on courses, conferences, access to the webinar programme and wider professional guidance has ensured I have kept abreast of national, regional and local policy issues. I have also specifically benefitted from being a member of the CIH in Wales where access to our decision makers has been possible and actively encouraged.

John Keegan FCIH | Chief executive, Monmouthshire Housing Association

CIH membership is essential for promotion and a great way to network and meet like-minded people. Joining CIH is a sign of commitment to the profession. Joining CIH is a sign of commitment to your own development and it’s a way of promoting our profession as a fantastic career.

Jason Wroe FCIH | Chief executive, Newydd Group Ltd

Being part of CIH means you are in a club of like-minded individuals trying to achieve the same thing as you - whether that is career improvement, better outcomes & performance in your current role, or improving the provision of affordable housing and sustainable communities for everyone.

Catharine Hinton FCIH

If you are thinking about whether it is worth doing the extra work to gain chartered or fellowship membership of the CIH my recommendation is to go for it. Make a start on the form, ask for references, and start compiling your evidence. It can seem overwhelming, but it has been a wonderful and valuable journey for me.

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Are you eligible?

To become a fellow you will need to be a current chartered member of CIH and be able to demonstrate how you have contributed to the profession. 

Assessment for fellowship is based on the following criteria:

  • Contribution to the profession and the community: the member has been actively engaged in developing and supporting other members of the profession and/or the community and can demonstrate they have made a difference
  • Leadership: the member will have shown leadership experience in their field, developing and delivering a vision, encouraging others and advancing the environment in the sector in which they operate

Application checklist

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Attach your Curriculum vitae
  3. Include a personal statement (1000 words maximum)
  4. Include statements by two referees
  5. Show evidence of 20 hours CPD during the last 12 months
  6. Submit your application

Please note a non-refundable fee of £250 is due at the time of application.

Applications will not go before the CIH Fellowship Admissions Panel until full payment has been received.

Currently a chartered member and looking to gain Fellowship? Call 024 7685 1700 or email customer@cih.org.

Fellowship guide
Only existing chartered members can apply for fellowship. Applications can be made at any time and will be held until the next meeting of the panel.
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Speak to the membership team today on 024 7685 1700 or email customer@cih.org