Housing officers

Qualifying as a Housing Health Practitioner

Our qualifications will help you gain everything you need to improve standards and conditions in the Private Rented Sector

Registered Food Safety Practitioner sample digital credentialHousing Health Practitioners are equipped to inspect properties, improve conditions, investigate criminal landlords, issue civil penalties and prepare criminal prosecutions.

Housing Health Practitioners are accredited by CIEH and have passed a rigorous assessment of their skills and competence. In addition to being listed on our online Register, they can also use a digital credential to formally demonstrate and verify their professional status.

This is our new qualification, developed in conjunction with the Mayor of London.

The qualification is aimed at those with little or no experience in housing, who wish to become competent and capable of carrying out the full range of activities to improve standards and conditions in the Private Rented Sector.

Candidates should be employed in (or have access to) a local authority housing department.

The Advanced Professional Certificate in the Private Rented Sector (also known as APC-Housing) is composed of three elements:

  1. An accredited taught course, run by one of our Recognised Partners.
  2. A Practice Log, in which the candidate will demonstrate their on-the-job experience.
  3. The Experience Assessment – a final online assessment covering the Practice Log and knowledge gained in the taught course.

Successful completion of all these elements will lead to Registration as a Housing Health Practitioner.

APC-Housing is currently offered by Middlesex University. Employers who wish their staff to enrol on the course are asked to contact the course leader Alan Page. Candidates who wish to enrol on this course should discuss it with their employer.

Other providers will be listed here in due course.

The first Experience Assessment will be held in the latter part of 2022. Candidates seeking to sit this assessment should contact us at [email protected] for details of how to apply.

Successful candidates will be awarded the Advanced Professional Certificate in the Private Rented Sector and be eligible to be CIEH Registered Housing Health Practitioners and receive a digital credential.

Further information about the different pathways to Registration and the requirements for each can be found in our Pathways to Registration diagram.

Pathways to Registration

Find out how to become professionally Registered based on your skills and career plans.

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