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

Undergraduate qualifications for CIH chartered membership

One route to CIH chartered membership (CIHCM) is by completing an accreditaed academic qualification. We offer and validate courses at undergraduate level across the UK, including:

  • CIH Level 4 Certificate for the Housing Profession
  • CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing (both of these qualiications meet the requirements for stage one of the academic route to CIH chartered membership)
  • CIH Level 5 Diploma in Housing
  • Foundation degrees and degrees offering a BA or BSc in Housing Studies which are partially or fully recognised by CIH for CIHCM through our validation processes

CIH partially validate wider programmes which may have housing modules within the course.  It is indicated where further study is needed to achieve CIHCM.  

The majority of these courses include APEX, the CIH practice requirement for chartered membership. This is available to all part-time and sandwich course students (except stage one courses). Some full-time students will be required to complete APEX separately through CIH.


Generally, you can apply to study if you have:

For level 4:

  • completed the CIH Level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice or
  • A-levels or
  • significant experience in housing

For level 5:

  • completed a CIH Level 4 Certificate or Diploma , or equivalent qualification or
  • significant experience in housing

Please note that individual centres will set their own entry requirements, so please check with the centre you are looking to study with. 

Qualification outline

Centres design courses against a framework of expectations set by CIH. These expectations anticipate the key knowledge, skills and competencies expected from a chartered member.

The courses will:

  • reflect the cutting edge of theoretical and practical debate within the industry
  • engage with local and regional housing issues
  • meet the skills and learning needs of local students and employers    

Approved centres

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Other approved centres

North East
North West

Northumbria University - BA (Hons) Human Geography/Human Geography MGeog (partially validated)

St Helens College - Foundation Degree/BA (Hons) Social Policy, Health & Housing (partially validated)
New College Durham - Foundation Degree in Housing and Communities University of Salford - BSC (Hons) in Social Policy (partially validated)
Abode Training - CIH L4 Certificate in Housing & L5 Diploma in Housing Sysco Business Skills Academy - CIH L4 Certificate in Housing Practice
Yorkshire and Humberside Eastern
Leeds Beckett University - Foundation Degree in Housing or BA Housing Studies  
 Dutton Fisher & Associates Ltd - CIH L4 Certificate in Housing Practice & CIH L5 Diploma in Housing  
West Midlands East Midlands
Centre for Housing and Support - Foundation Degree in Housing University of Northampton - BA (Hons) Social and Community Development (partially validated)

South West

South East
University of the West of England - BSc (Hons)

Bangor University - validated module SXP 3210 Issues in Housing (within social policy programmes) London
Cardiff Metropolitan University - HNC/Diploma/BSc (Hons) in Housing Studies Anthropi Learning Ltd - CIH L4 Certificate in Housing and CIH L5 Diploma in Housing
Glyndwr University - Foundation Degree in Supported Housing; Foundation Degree in Housing and Sustainable Communities; Foundation Degree in Regeneration and Sustainability or BSc Housing Studies
London Metropolitan University - BSc Community Devlopment and Leadership; BSc Health & Social Care; BSc Health & Social Policy
Gower College Swansea - L4 Certificate for the Housing Profession  London South Bank University - HNC in Housing Studies or BA Housing Studies

Republic of Ireland Scotland
University College, Dublin and Respond! Housing Association - no current validated programme Ayrshire College - CIH Level 4 Certificate/Diploma in Housing Practice

City of Glasgow College - CIH Level 4 Certificate/Diploma in Housing Practice

Dundee and Angus College - CIH Level 4 Certificate/Diploma in Housing Practice

New College Lanarkshire - CIH Level 4 Certificate in Housing

What to do next

  • Contact the CIH Education team to discuss getting your programme(s) validated towards CIH membership - full or partial validation
  • Contact the CIH awarding organisation to discuss becoming approved to deliver a CIH qualification
  • Contact your preferred centre for details of how to apply to study a qualification


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