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The CIH Level 2 Certificate in Housing Practice or an equivalent Level 2 qualification or higher

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18 months

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The level 3 Certificate in Housing Practice is an 18 month work based learning programme which will provide you with a broader knowledge and understanding of key areas in delivering housing services.


The sessions are delivered as Blended Learning with 4 hour weekly workshop sessions, arranged to meet the organisations requirements (these dates and sessions are agreed with each organisation prior to the course commencing). These are usually delivered within the workplace but may be delivered in the College; arranged to meet the requirements and needs of each organisation. The College will also carry out 11 workplace visits to include observation and learner review sessions.

It is suitable for anyone working in a Generic Housing Environment, Hostel and Foyer staff, Sheltered Housing staff who wish to increase their knowledge and awareness of the housing environment in which they work. Individual private sector landlords and/or letting agencies who wish to gain knowledge and an awareness of the housing environment.

What will I study?

The new apprenticeship standards require students to complete a bespoke package of training which leads them to a specific job role.

Through the course students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in housing practice, providing students with a detailed understanding of the many facets which underpin good professional practice.

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, students can choose one of five specialist options:

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

Entry Requirements

There are no academic entry requirements but candidates should be working in either a paid or voluntary capacity in housing and must also have completed either:

  • The CIH Level 2 Certificate in Housing Practice
  • An equivalent Level 2 qualification or higher

If you don’t meet either of the above criteria you may still be eligible, but must have at least 6 months experience of working in the housing sector.

You will be asked to provide evidence of your qualification and/or experience of working in the sector as part of the application process.

An initial assessment of each candidate will need to be completed before the start of their programme to identify:

  • If the candidate has any specific training needs,
  • Support and guidance they may need when working towards their qualification

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment

A portfolio of evidence developed through a formative assessment process

Completion of an agreed qualification/assessment of knowledge

Completion of English and mathematics at Level 2

Each apprentice must also complete a final practical examination, or end-point assessment:

A work based project

A panel interview

The assessment comes in the form of a project or case study which demonstrates that students have gained the knowledge, skills and behaviours  they need to be able to do their job

The apprentice is then assessed by a panel made up by the employer, the training provider and an independent housing professional appointed by the assessment body.

What can I do next?

Once learners have successfully completed this qualification they can progress onto the Level 4 Senior Apprenticeship Housing/Property Management.

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