We know that housing education and continuing professional development (CPD) supports improved practitioner practice and tenant outcomes; an independent report commissioned by CIH Scotland and conducted by Indigo House confirms as much. However, we also know that although there is a decision from the UK government to introduce a qualification requirement for senior practitioners working in the social housing sector in England, there are no plans for professional requirements in Scotland.

However, we think it’s time housing is recognised as a profession on both sides of the border.

The new Housing Bill presents a chance to influence the future of the housing sector and for us to consider what requirements for the housing management profession to deliver housing services we think are appropriate.

As such, we want your help to make sure we can make the strongest possible case for a housing CPD requirement in Scotland.

Discussion papers

To examine the issues in more detail and support engagement from our members we have developed a core brief on the changes we want to see in Scotland.

Download the brief

Housing professionalism commitment

The housing professionalism commitment has been designed for housing providers to show that they value professionalism and education, and are acting to demonstrate this commitment through the professional continuing development of their staff. The four commitments are:

  1. Commit to reporting on the professional development of housing staff as part of the Annual Assurance Statement process.
  2. Ensure that training and qualifications for housing staff are written into your organisation’s business plans.
  3. Commit to regular engagement with schools and learners about housing sector careers.
  4. Promotion of the value of CPD across staff/customer boundaries.


Housing professionalism in Scotland roadshow

Join us at one of our series of three in-person roadshows. Discuss ideas and priorities on crucial aspects of housing professionalism and education, and help us in advocating for a mandatory housing CPD requirement in Scotland.

  • Stirling - Friday 17 May 2024
  • Selkirk - Thursday 23 May 2024
  • Glasgow - Tuesday 4 June 2024

Find out more

Resources and blogs
The most recent resources, evidence and blogs from CIH Scotland which illustrate the need for changes to housing education can be accessed here:
Accessing housing education
We have also set out a guide for practitioners in Scotland about what housing qualifications they can study, and further advice about housing qualifications is also available on the CIH website:
Contact us
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss any aspects of housing education in more detail, get in touch: