Qualifications for housing support workers

Housing support workers are defined as workers employed in providing care and/or support directly to a user of a service within a housing support service.

You must obtain one of the following qualifications:

Acceptable QCF Diplomas for housing support workers

  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) from England plus the SQA unit Ensure your actions support the care, protection, and well being of individuals (DK6X04)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) from Wales and Northern Ireland plus the SQA unit Ensure your actions support the care, protection, and well being of individuals  (DK6X04)
  • Level 3 Diploma In Health and Social Care (Adults) from England (QCF) plus the SQA unit Promote choice, well-being and the protection of all individuals (DK4104).

Additional accepted qualifications

  • SVQ 2 Health and Social Care (SCQF Level 6)
  • BA Social Pedagogy
  • Diploma in Social Pedagogy
  • HNC Health Care with the following SVQ 3 Social Services and Healthcare units:
    - Develop your practice through reflection and learning (H5LE 04)
    - Promote effective communication (H5RY 04)
    - Promote health, safety and security in the work setting (H5LD 04)
    - Promote the safeguarding of individuals (H5S0 04)

Previously accepted qualifications for workers in housing support services

Other qualifications have previously been included in the qualification criteria for housing support workers.  You may hold one of them. The SSSC continues to accept these awards for registration.

  • HNC Social Care (all other awards pre-2005)
  • HNC/HND Supporting Learning Needs
  • NVQ Health and Social Care (Level 2)
  • S/NVQ Care (Level 2)
  • S/NVQ Direct Care (Level 2)
  • HNC Social Care (all awards)
  • Degree/Diploma Curative Education

The following qualifications are acceptable if they were gained previous to the date they were removed:

  • VRQ Level 2/ SCQF level 5 CIH National Certificate in Housing (Removed May 2010) plus unit HSC24 Ensure your own actions support the care, protection and well-being of individuals
  • VRQ Level 3 / SCQF Level 6 CIH National Certificate in Housing (Removed May 2010) plus unit HSC24 Ensure your own actions support the care, protection and well-being of individuals
  • NVQ Level 2 in Housing, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Joint Award (Removed May 2011) * plus unit HSC24 Ensure your own actions support the care, protection and well-being of individuals.

*This refers to CIH Level 2 Certificate in Housing for Support Workers,(also known as VRQ Level 2 / SCQF level 5 CIH National Certificate in Housing) plus HSC24 – Ensure your own actions support the care, protection and wellbeing of individuals or an NVQ level 2 in Housing plus a CIH Level 2 Certificate in Housing.

If you have a relevant qualification that is not on this list it may still be acceptable.  Contact us on 0845 60 30 891 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.