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

CIH Certificate in Housing Practice at SCQF Level 5

Qualification number

R453 04

This is an introductory vocational qualification for the housing sector, and is also the knowledge component of the Modern Apprenticeship in Housing.

Aims & outcomes

This qualification will:

  • provide learners with a basic understanding of housing
  • introduce some of the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in housing related activities, whether paid or voluntary
  • prepare learners for future study


This qualification is suitable for:

  • people not currently working in housing but considering a front-line housing position as a career option
  • tenants and residents wishing to explore housing issues to enhance their personal involvement and understanding of the housing industry
  • people who are new to housing or workers in a front-line position who want to improve their general awareness of housing issues
  • people working in housing who wish to attain an initial qualification
  • people aged 14+

Qualification outline

All learners must complete the following units:

  • Housing provision and housing organisations
  • Customer care in the housing context
  • Careers and opportunities in housing
  • Developing skills for working in housing

This qualification has a value of 20 credits on the SCQF.

Approved centres

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