Credentialing

Frequently Asked Questions About ACHE Credentialing

  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 qualifications do I need before I can 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. Once I have passed the Examination, what other must I complete?
  10. What are examples of healthcare and community/civic activities?
  11. How does ACHE define a healthcare management position?
  12. What is the tenure requirement to advance to Fellow status?
  13. What are ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits?
  14. How are ACHE Qualified Education credits defined?
  15. How far back can I go for my continuing education credits to qualify?
  16. What are the Fellow recertification requirements?
  17. How does the credentialing system relate to the ACHE Recognition Program?
  18. Where do I go for more information or if I have a specific question about my application or advancement status?
  19. What are the advancement deadlines to participate in the 2015 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 qualifications do I need before I can submit a Fellow application?
    At the time you submit your Fellow application you must hold a healthcare management position, have two years of healthcare management experience, provide a copy of your current job description and organizational chart, provide the names of three references from current Fellows and hold a master’s or other advanced degree. Your application remains valid for three years by which time you must meet all criteria or reapply.
  4. What if I do not know any Fellows and need assistance finding three of them to serve as references?
    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 Fellows to serve as 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 advanced degree.
  7. Can I take the Board of Governors Examination before I submit a Fellow application?
    You must first submit your FACHE application. However, you do not need to meet all the Fellow criteria to submit an application (see question #3 above). After submitting your application and after ACHE has received your three references from Fellows, you may be approved to sit for the Board of Governors Examination. Reference forms are contained in the FACHE application, or your reference may obtain a PDF of the form or submit the reference online through the credentialing area. Your Fellow application remains valid for three years while you are completing any remaining requirements.
  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. Once I have passed the Examination, what other requirements must I complete?
    You must have three years' tenure as an ACHE Member, a minimum five years of healthcare management experience, participation in at least two community/civic and two healthcare related activities within the past three years, and complete the continuing education requirement.
  10. What are examples of healthcare and community/civic activities?
    Examples of healthcare activities may include state hospital association meetings, voluntary health agency involvement, ACHE volunteer activities (such as chapter meetings or Advancement Information Sessions) or other healthcare-related commitments. 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.
  11. How does ACHE define a healthcare management position?
    A healthcare management position is one which the person 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 a candidate's position must include planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling functions at the organizational or department level. Eligible positions include but are not limited to C-suite executives (CEOs, COOs, CMOs, CNOs, CIOs etc.) associate and assistant administrative officers, directors as well as specialty management positions of comparable executive authority.
  12. What is the tenure requirement to advance to Fellow status?
    The tenure requirement is three years as an ACHE Member, Faculty Associate or International Associate. Tenure as a Student Associate does not apply toward fulfilling this requirement.
  13. What are ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits?
    ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits are those credits earned through ACHE-approved chapter panel discussions and programs offered by the national organization.
  14. How are ACHE Qualified Education credits defined?
    ACHE Qualified Education credits are credits that are earned through programs offered by ACHE, chapters or other qualified sources, whether the programming is face-to-face or distance offerings (webinars, online seminars, self-study courses, etc.).
  15. How far back can I go for my continuing education credits to qualify?

    Continuing education credit earned in the most recent three-year period prior to becoming a Fellow will qualify. A total of 36 hours of Healthcare Management Continuing Education credit is required, of which 12 hours must be ACHE Face-to-Face Education. The remaining 24 hours may be either ACHE Face-to-Face or ACHE Qualified Education credit.

  16. What are the Fellow recertification requirements?
    Thirty-six hours of Healthcare Management Continuing Education credit is needed, of which 12 hours must be ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits, and involvement in healthcare and community/civic affairs since your last Advancement or Recertification.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. What are the advancement deadlines to participate in the 2015 Convocation Ceremony?
    Advancement Application Deadlines
    If you are interested in becoming board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow, let us recognize you at the 2015 Convocation ceremony. Submit your completed Fellow application (including supporting materials) by Oct. 31, 2014. The following advancement requirements must be met by Dec. 31, 2014 in order to participate in the Convocation ceremony: Sit for and pass the Board of Governors exam, continuing education hours, five years healthcare management experience and two community/civic and two healthcare activities. Please note: You can still participate in the Convocation ceremony if you do not meet the three-year ACHE tenure requirement by Dec. 31, pending you will meet the requirement by the Convocation date, March 15, 2015.

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