CIH Accredited Certificate in Housing – Cork

Respond! College is pleased to announce a repeat of its popular Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH UK) accredited Certificate in Housing Practice  [Level 2 UK, EQUIVALENT TO NFQ LEVEL 4*] – April – June 2016

CIH Cdert Cork 2016
Over six sessions, students will gain a broad understanding of housing policy and practice and will be introduced to some of the skills necessary for work in the housing and community sector. Respond! is currently the only organisation in the Republic of Ireland accredited by the CIH to award the Certificate in Housing. There will be no exams; student learning will be assessed through assignments and a short presentation. The teaching methods used will be a mix of lecture style delivery, discussion, small group work and experiential exercises.

The aims of the Certificate in Housing are:

  • To provide students with a basic understanding of housing policy and practice in Ireland.
  • To introduce students to some of the skills necessary to participate in housing related activities (either paid or voluntary).
  • To begin a social analysis on housing and community issues.
  • To prepare students for future learning, employment or voluntary work.
  • Content covered includes:
  • Understanding housing provision and practice in Ireland (history of housing, housing legislation, tenures, managing anti-social behaviour, rent arrears management, etc.)
  • Developing skills for housing and community work.
  • Community development and tenant participation.
  • Trends and issues in housing (e.g. repossessions, regeneration, affordable housing etc.)

This certificate is particularly relevant for:

  • People who are new to housing or workers in a front line position who want to improve their general awareness of housing issues
  • People working in housing who wish to attain an initial qualification in housing
  • Tenants and residents who wish to explore housing issues to enhance their personal involvement and understanding of housing issues
  • People not currently working in housing but considering a front line housing position as a career option.

When will the course be delivered?

The Course will be delivered on the following dates from 10am until 4pm:
12th April, 26th April, 10th May, 24th May, 7th June and 21st June.

Venue: Respond! Community Building, 9 Bridgefield Close, Curraheen Road, Bishopstown, Cork T12 V061

Cost: €695. This includes all materials and CIH membership for the duration of the course.

Please contact Lorraine at or telephone 051 840200 for enquiries and booking forms.



Certificate in Community Studies – Part-time evening course 

Respond! College is pleased to deliver the QQI Accredited Level 6, NFQ ‘Certificate in Community Studies’

The main focus will be our Level 6 Community Studies Programme.

At the Open Evening participants will: be given a broad introduction to the subject areas and topics covered on the course; hear about our unique teaching philosophy at Respond!; meet the teaching staff; have all questions answered; and be able to identify the benefits of Respond!’s exciting programme in Community Studies.

Potential students will have an opportunity to discuss any concerns or fears around doing the course or going back into education, in a one to one context with Respond! Staff.

For further information please contact:  Or Telephone: 051 840 200”

This Certificate in Community Studies is a QQI Accredited Level 6 (30 credit) Special CCS leaflet CoverPurpose Award and is tailored to the needs of those working, or wishing to work, in a community setting, a housing authority and/or voluntary group (paid or unpaid). It is designed to explore concepts of community and community development within a social analysis framework. It will introduce learners to key technical and analytical skills that support and encourage participation within a community setting.

This course is suitable for anyone who:

  • Hopes to become more involved in their community and is looking to learn more about how this can be achieved;
  • Is interested in the social structures that shape community living;
  • Wishes to develop skills and
  • knowledge to support their work within a community setting.

What are the modules?

  1. Community Studies (10 credits);
  2. Group-work and Facilitation (10 credits);
  3. Introduction to Sociology (10 credits).

By the end of the course successful participants will have:

  • Explored concepts of community and community development;
  • An increased understanding of the complex processes that shape modern society;
  • Developed their capacity in group work and facilitation;
  • Gained a range of other skills required when engaging with communities;
  • Obtained 30 credits at Level 6 (on the NFQ: National Qualifications Framework).

These credits may potentially be used in applying for exemptions on other similar courses at Certificate and Degree level (e.g. BA in Housing and Community Studies delivered by Respond! College and validated by QQI-HET).

Graduate Testimonials

“I found the course content stimulating, challenging and practical. The sociology module was particularly interesting, something that was a surprise to me. The course tutors were very engaging and encouraging and really supported everyone to achieve their potential. The individual tutorials were a real plus, if there was anything you wanted to go over and have clarified, help was always at hand”.
Mary Lally – Volunteer, Simon Community, Dublin.

“Studying at Respond College has brought an added value to my professional life. The Community Studies Course was very interesting and the tutors were highly qualified.The small size of the classes allowed the use of better participatory learning methods, which also helped to create a better atmosphere”.
Patricia O Driscoll-Whelan – Community Employment Supervisor, Cork.

“I am delighted I did this course. Lecturers brought the theoretical material to life by drawing on every day experiences the class could identify with”.
Ann Kelly, PCC, MNLPP – Life Coach, Cork.

More detailed information regarding module content available here

How will the course be delivered?

The teaching methods employed will be experiential and participatory and will include group discussions, case study analysis, theoretical inputs and practical applications in a classroom setting. The course will be delivered over one Academic year commencing October 2015.

Where will the course be delivered?

The Course will be delivered one evening per week at three locations from 6.30pm-10pm and will also include six Saturdays (workshops) for the coming academic year:

  • Respond! College, High Park, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
    – Start date Tuesday October 6th;
  • Respond! Cork Office, St Francis Gardens, Thomas Davis St, Blackpool, Cork
    – Start date Thursday October 1st;
  • Respond! Waterford Office, Airmount, Dominic Place, Waterford
    – Start date Monday October 5th.

How do I apply?

Application form available by contacting College Administrator Lorraine Fleming.
Tel: 01 808 7731.

Closing Date for receipt of applications has now closed


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