Become Board Certified

Maximize your professional potential by earning the premier credential in healthcare management. When you become board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow (FACHE), you'll have the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed.

Apply for Board Certification

Watch this video to hear what motivated other Fellows to purse the credential.

Eligibility Requirements

The credentialing system is multifaceted and involves academic preparation, healthcare management experience, ACHE tenure, continuing education, and community and civic involvement.

FACHE Infographic (PDF)

Board of Governors Examination

Among the criteria for becoming a Fellow is passing the Board of Governors Examination in Healthcare Management. Go to the Exam Overview and Exam Outline bullet points in the Board of Governors Examination Information area for more information.


Fellows are required to recertify every three years. Recertification maintains the integrity of the ACHE credentialing program and helps ensure ongoing commitment to professional development. See the requirements and find out more about recertifying.

  • "Achieving Fellow status has provided me added credibility when I talk with other healthcare executives. It demonstrates my commitment to providing the best care to the community, and it is a distinction I am proud to have earned."

    Leslie R. Simmons, RN, FACHE
    Carroll Hospital Center
    Westminster, Md.
  • Jeffrey A. Flaks, FACHE"Board certification in healthcare management helped me to integrate my graduate studies with my work experience in order to become a more focused and disciplined leader. The FACHE designation is a highly regarded credential that speaks volumes about an executive's competence, commitment and personal values."

    Jeffrey A. Flaks, FACHE
    Executive Vice President & COO
    Hartford (Conn.) Healthcare
  • Polly Davenport, RN, FACHE"It's incumbent upon leaders to promote to those we mentor a personal commitment to lifelong learning and ongoing professional development. Achieving and maintaining Fellow status keeps us current with the challenges ahead and sets an example for our healthcare leaders of tomorrow."

    Polly Davenport, RN, FACHE
    Ochsner Health System-North Shore Region
    Slidell, La.

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