At the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), professionalism is at the heart of everything we do. We exist to support housing professionals to create a future in which everyone has a place to call home.
Professionalism in a housing context goes beyond the need for a qualification and includes the commitment to continuing professional development (CPD), the need to display the right behaviours, attitudes and empathy, and to operate within an ethical framework.
If you’re a member of CIH, commitment to professionalism is a fundamental part of your membership. This is why you not only sign up to a robust code of conduct and code of ethics when you join CIH, but also have access to our well-regarded professional standards, plus a wealth of key benefits to help you enhance your knowledge and skills.
CPD is an ongoing, purposeful and planned learning and development process that helps you further develop as a modern housing professional.
It is defined as a set of learning activities undertaken to enhance knowledge, skills and behaviours in your professional life, which demonstrate your commitment and dedication to the sector and to CIH’s mission and values.
Our commitment is to provide you with a dynamic offer of resources, tools and opportunities for you to manage your learning, embed CPD in your professional practice, keep up to date with the ever-changing, political, economic, social and technological landscape and invest in yourself.
CPD will not only help you develop yourself in your professional journey but will contribute to the professionalism of your organisation and the wider sector.
Your CPD journey starts by reflecting on where you are now, identifying gaps in your knowledge, skills and professional behaviours to help you develop your practice.
Take some time to reflect honestly on your professional journey and think about your development needs.
Complete our self-assessment to identify what areas you need to improve and get a personalised report on your own professional profile.
Once you have completed the self- assessment and have identified the gaps in your development, you can get started in addressing those gaps and continue in your CPD journey.
Find out how you can develop and progress in your career based on your current role and aspirations.
Ensure you have the theoretical knowledge, essential skills, and learning to perform at the highest level in your day job.
Reflect on your professional development needs and how you can contribute to the professionalism of your organisation and the wider sector.
Developed to support and explore each of the professional standards, with a wide variety of scenarios, case studies and interactive activities.
Find support with policy knowledge and influence key decision-makers on policy implementation.
Participate in our events that cover various topics, ranging from practical housing management, high-level policy.
Provides both mentors and mentees the tools to make impactful connections for professional growth.
Aimed at housing practitioners operating at director or senior management level.
Aimed at experienced housing professionals with the knowledge required to lead people and manage change.