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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

CIH level 3 award in housing practice [NEW]

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The objective of this qualification is to provide individuals with an introduction to the housing practice profession at an operational level. The qualification explores general areas of housing. All learners must study ethics and professional practice which supports the development of their own personal growth and engagement in learning and housing.

Aims & Outcomes

On achievement of this qualification you will have:

  • gained the foundations of housing knowledge at level 3,
  • explored professional practice, occupancy, tenure and lettings, housing markets and supply and demand,
  • prepared for further stady at level 3 and/or 4. 


This qualification is for people who:

  • are aged 16 or above
  • work in a frontline capacity in a wide range of housing and housing related roles
  • have a level 2 qualification and / or experience of working in housing

Qualification outline

This qualification has three mandatory units:

  • Occupancy, tenure and lettings
  • Professional practice skills for housing
  • The housing system

Where you can study

The qualification is new and supercedes the CIH Level 3 Award in Housing Practice (QCF). It is likely that existing centres will continue to deliver this qualification, so please see page for further details.

What to do next


Contact the CIH awarding organisation

If you have any queries about CIH qualifications or becoming an accredited centre, please contact us:

T: 024 76 851 700

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