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Credentialing FAQ

  1. What are the advantages of becoming board certified in healthcare management and earning the FACHE credential?
  2. What are the major requirements that I must meet to earn the FACHE credential?
  3. What are the requirements to submit a Fellow application?
  4. What if I do not know any Fellows and need assistance finding three of them to serve as references?
  5. What is a Structured Interview?
  6. Can I earn Fellow status if I do not have a master’s or other advanced degree?
  7. Can I take the Board of Governors Examination before I submit a Fellow application?
  8. How should I prepare for the Board of Governors Examination?
  9. What are examples of healthcare and community/civic activities?
  10. How does ACHE define a healthcare management position?
  11. What are ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits?
  12. How are ACHE Qualified Education credits defined?
  13. How far back can I go for my continuing education credits to qualify?
  14. What are the Fellow recertification requirements?
  15. How does the credentialing system relate to the ACHE Recognition Program?
  16. Where do I go for more information or if I have a specific question about my application or advancement status?
  17. What are the advancement deadlines to participate in the Convocation Ceremony?

  1. What are the advantages of becoming board certified in healthcare management and earning the FACHE credential?
    Earning the distinction of board certification in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) signifies your expertise, experience and commitment to continuing education and professional development. Just as members of the medical staff are board certified, having the FACHE credential by your name indicates a level of achievement in the profession.
  2. What are the major requirements that I must meet to earn the FACHE credential?
    The credentialing system is multifaceted and involves academic preparation, healthcare management experience, ACHE tenure, passing the Board of Governors Examination in Healthcare Management, continuing education, references, and community and civic involvement. View a checklist of requirements.
  3. What are the requirements to submit a Fellow application?
    Fellow candidates must meet all of the following requirements prior to applying and sitting for the Board of Governors Exam:
    • Current Member with three (3) years tenure as an ACHE Member, Faculty Associate, or International Associate. Student membership does not count toward tenure.
    • Master's degree (or other post-baccalaureate degree). A copy of your diploma or final conferred transcript is required.
    • Currently hold an executive healthcare management position with a minimum of five (5) years of executive healthcare management experience. A copy of your job description, organizational chart and resume is required.
    • Demonstrate 36 hours of healthcare-related continuing education withing the last three (3) years of submitting an application (12 hours must be ACHE Face-to-Face education).
    • Two (2) examples of community/civic activities AND two (2) examples of healthcare-related activities within the last three (3) years of submitting an application.
    • Two (2) references: One (1) Fellow reference (must be a structured interview), the second reference may be from a senior-level executive (VP or higher) in your organization, OR it may be from a second Fellow.
    • $250 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  4. What if I do not know any Fellows and need assistance finding one to serve as a reference?
    You can use the Member Directory on ache.org to locate Fellows in your area or across the world. You may also contact your Regent and ask for assistance in identifying a Fellows to serve as a references (go to the About ACHE area and click on "governance" to find the Regent for your area).
  5. What is a Structured Interview?
    The structured interview is a face-to-face (strongly recommended) or telephone meeting in which the Fellow reference asks the Fellow candidate questions to determine the candidate's professional reputation for competence, judgment, integrity and ethics. A list of suggested interview questions can be found on the Structured Interview Fellow Reference Form.
  6. Can I earn Fellow status if I do not have a master’s or other advanced degree?
    To be eligible to submit a Fellow application and advance to FACHE status, you must have a master's or other post-baccalaureate degree.
  7. Can I take the Board of Governors Examination before I submit a Fellow application?
    No. You must first submit your FACHE application. Your Fellow application remains valid for two (2) years in which you must take and pass the Board of Governors Exam.
  8. How should I prepare for the Board of Governors Examination?
    There are a wide range of resources available on the Board of Governors Examination area. Many local chapters also organize study sessions. In addition, you may wish to attend a Board of Governors Examination Review Course, participate in the Online Tutorial or purchase the books in the BOG Exam study set .
  9. What are examples of healthcare-related and community/civic activities?
    Examples of healthcare-related activities may include educating the public about healthcare topics, volunteering at clinics and health agencies, volunteering at blood drives or awareness walks, service to local and national healthcare-related organizations, such as board or committee participation, or other related activities. Examples of community/civic activities may include participation in charitable organizations, religious organizations, school boards, community boards or other related activities. These activities can be one-time events or short-term commitments.
  10. How does ACHE define an executive healthcare management position?
    An executive healthcare management position is one in which the applicant is employed by a healthcare organization or by an organization whose purpose is to influence the growth, development or operations of a healthcare organization. To be eligible for advancement an applicant's position must be at a department director/department head level which includes control of departmental budgeting, planning and staffing and accountability to senior management for department performance. Eligible positions include C-suite executives, Vice Presidents and Directors/Department Heads. Additional titles may be accepted if job responsibilities reflect departmental control as described above.
    Applicants whose management authority is at a project and/or program level do not qualify. Examples of this level of authority might include: Analyst, Coordinator, Program Manager, Project Manager and Specialist.
    Administrative Fellowships, Residencies and Internships do not qualify.
  11. What are ACHE Face-to-Face Education hours?
    ACHE Face-to-Face Education hours are those hours earned through ACHE-approved chapter panel discussions and programs offered by the national organization.
  12. How are ACHE Qualified Education hours defined?
    ACHE Qualified Education hours may come from any face-to-face continuing education programs conducted by any organization (other than ACHE) qualified to provide educational programming in healthcare management. Qualified Education credit may also come from distance education options provided by ACHE (webinars, online seminars, self-study courses, etc.) Credit is awarded based on actual hours spent in the course. Approval for these programs is based on content, appropriateness of program title, provider, and length in contact hours. Academic credits do not count as Face-to-Face credits or Qualified Education credits.
  13. How far back can I go for my continuing education credits to qualify?
    Continuing education hours earned in the most recent three-year period prior to submitting a Fellow application will qualify. A total of 36 continuing education hours 12 hours must be ACHE Face-to-Face Education. The remaining 24 hours may be either ACHE Face-to-Face or ACHE Qualified Education hours.
  14. What are the Fellow recertification requirements?
    To maintain your fellow status, you must demonstrate 36 continuing education hours of Healthcare Management Continuing Education credit is needed, of which 12 hours must be ACHE Face-to-Face Education hours, AND involvement in two (2) healthcare-related activities and two (2) healthcare and community/civic activities since your last Advancement or Recertification.
  15. How does the credentialing system relate to the ACHE Recognition Program?
    The ACHE Recognition Program (PDF) is separate from the credentialing process. The Recognition Program celebrates members’ commitment to the healthcare management profession through volunteer activities. There are three award levels, and awardees will be acknowledged at their local chapter.
  16. Where do I go for more information or if I have a specific question about my application or advancement status?
    If you need further assistance, contact ACHE's Customer Service Center at (312) 424-9400 or email us at contact@ache.org. You may also wish to refer to the Regulations Governing Admission, Advancement and Recertification. For general questions, refer to the credentialing area.
  17. What are the advancement deadlines to participate in the Convocation Ceremony at Congress?
    Advancement Application Deadlines
    If you are interested in becoming board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow, let us recognize you at the annual Convocation Ceremony. Advancement requirements must be met by Dec. 31 in order to participate in the Convocation Ceremony.

For more information on these deadlines, contact the Customer Service Center via email contact@ache.org or call (312) 424-9400.