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CIH Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice - August


Frontline and practitioner

Please note: The deadline for registration for this course is 21 August 2017.

The Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice is a 9-month online programme that will provide you with a broader knowledge and understanding of key areas in delivering housing services. The course focuses on the following mandatory subject areas:

  • Delivery of affordable housing services
  • Equality and diversity for housing
  • Occupancy, tenure and lettings
  • Prevention and management of rent arrears
  • Professional practice skills for housing

In addition, you can choose one of five specialist options:

  • Housing and communities
  • Housing and support
  • Housing options and advice
  • Housing maintenance
  • Managing properties

How will this course benefit me and my organisation?

Gaining a qualification is a great way to develop your career prospects. Qualifications at this level will enable you to be an effective housing practitioner and will provide you with a broader understanding of how your organisation and others in the housing industry work. You will gain valuable skills including researching and writing reports, evaluating your organisation's approach to key housing issues, and reflecting on your own professional practice and planning ahead for your own development.

Successful completion of the Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice will provide you with a vocational qualification of an equivalent standard to an A-level, which is worth 8 UCAS points.  It will prepare you for further study at the next level, the Level 4 Certificate in Housing, which CIH also offers as a one-year programme.  The Level 4 Certificate is the first step on the route towards CIH chartered membership.

Download the course overview to for more details of each unit's learning outcomes

member logo When you register to study a CIH qualification you receive CIH membership for no extra cost for the duration of your course, giving you access to a wealth of guidance, support and practical advice as well as a network of housing professionals.

On completion of this course, you'll be eligible for Certified Practitioner status.

Who can apply?

To apply for this programme you should be working in either a paid or voluntary capacity in housing and also meet one of the criteria below:

  • Have completed as a minimum the level 2 certificate in housing practice
  • Have completed an equivalent level 2 qualification
If you don't meet either of the above, you should have six months experience of working in the housing sector. You will be asked to provide evidence of your qualifications and/or your experience of working in the housing sector as part of the application process.

What does the course cost and how long does it take?

Course cost: £1,200

Duration: Nine months, with up to 8 hours study per week.

This can include investigations undertaken at work and independent study time working through the online materials, doing additional reading and research, and writing up your submissions.

How to apply

  • Apply online using the 'Book' button below. This will register your place on the course and allow you to make payment. You can choose to pay the full course fee or invoice your employer. If you are paying for this course yourself and would like to pay in installments, please give us a call on 024 7685 1789.
  • Following registration, you will be contacted by a member of the CIH housing academy team and asked to complete a form to provide evidence of your previous qualifications and experience and to set up your CIH membership, which is free for the duration of your course.
  • You do not need to complete the dietary requirements section of the registration - as this is an online course there are no face-to-face sessions.
  • Call our team on 024 7685 1789 or email us if you'd like to discuss whether this is the right course for you


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