The Commitment to Professional Excellence

What is Certification?

Professional certification is the formal process by which a certifying agency validates a leader’s knowledge, skills, and abilities in a specialty area of practice, such as nursing home (CNHA) or assisted living administration (CALA). The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) offers just that! Both of ACHCA’s certification exams include two levels of testing: generalist LTC and specialty practice exams. Both the CNHA and CALA have unique requirements. To review the requirements, click here or visit www.achca.org.

Becoming a Fellow

FACHCA status sets Administrators apart! Become “one” of the unique Administrators and join the 400+ active Fellows across the nation!

In “2012 salary survey conducted by ADVANCE Magazine (January/February 2012 issue) and ACHCA showed that a Fellow makes an average $23,808 more per year than their administrator peers without the ACHCA Fellow status.” Today the impact is even greater/

The nationally recognized ACHCA Fellow status indicates the professional achievement and continuous adherence to the ethical and professional standards of ACHCA.  It’s a step in an Administrator’s career that confirms dedication to the post-acute and aging services community.

Advancement to Fellow requires:

  • A record of active participation in fulfilling the professional and educational requirements of ACHCA;
  • Suitable formal education;
  • Professional, civic and community activities; and
  • At least two years of continuous voting membership in ACHCA

Please contact the national office, at (800) 561-3148 or email professionaladvancement@achca.org if you have any questions about advancement to ACHCA Fellow.

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