CIOB: New housing maintenance qualification now open to students

A brand new qualification in housing maintenance is now recruiting its first students.

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) joined forces in 2007 to launch a new course which builds skills in this important area. The CIOB-CIH joint awarding body has accredited the first training centre to deliver courses from Level 2 in housing maintenance, equivalent to GCSE up to Level 4, which is equivalent to HNC.

Geoff Hart Training and Development Consultants will offer a suite of housing maintenance qualifications starting with the Level 3 Certificate in September 2008. Students will also be able to study for Levels 2, 3 and 4 through CIH from autumn 2008.

Martin Winn, CIH Director of Professional Development, said: “These brand new qualifications are designed to fulfil the demand for nationally accredited, good quality education in the field of housing maintenance, an area crucial to customers and to the good performance of housing organisations.”

Geoff Hart, Director of the training consultancy, said: “We recognise that there is a gap in the training market for this type of qualification and a clear need to boost skills in the field of housing maintenance.”

Michael Brown CIOB deputy chief executive said, “Housing maintenance represents a very large part of the construction industry, and will become increasingly more important as we address issues of sustainability in our existing and future housing stock.”

For further information please contact the Jill Dwyer at the CIH press office on Telephone: 02476 851780. Email:


Notes to Editors:

1) The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the professional body for people involved in housing and communities. We are a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. We have a diverse and growing membership of 21,000 – both in the public and private sectors – living and working in over 20 countries on five continents across the world. Our members work for local authorities, housing associations, Arms Length Management Organisations, Government bodies, educational establishments and the private sector. Many tenants and residents are also members. We exist to maximise the contribution that housing professionals make to the wellbeing of communities. Further information is available at:

The Level 3 Certificate in Housing Maintenance will be offered by Geoff Hart Training and Development Consultancy at two centres in Buckinghamshire and the East Midlands from September 2008. Course content includes house design, construction and technology, housing maintenance and refurbishment, customer service, health and safety, and supervision of information and resources. It will be offered through a taught course with input from industry leaders. There will be a high level support for all participants throughout the period of study including the loan of lap tops and access to tutors by telephone and email. More information is available at

CIH will offer the Level 2 Certificate in Housing Maintenance from September 2008 through face-to-face training and the Level 3 and Level 4 through distance learning from November 2008. For more information go to

Housing organisations manage close to 4 million properties in England. As part of the Decent Homes programme local authorities and housing associations will have spent £40 billion by 2010.

2) The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) represents on behalf of the public the most diverse set of professionals in the construction industry.

The CIOB’s role is to:

· Promote the importance of the built environment.

· Lead the industry to create a sustainable future worldwide.

· Encourage leadership potential.

· Set the highest standards in quality, safety and qualification.

· Create an industry where excellence prospers.

Further information is available by contacting Saul Townsend CIOB press and communications manager on 01344 630 766 –

Saul Townsend MCIPR MIPRA
Press & Communications Manager
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

t: + 44 (0) 1344 630766 f: + 44 (0) 1344 630770

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