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 Becoming Certified

ACHA provides board certification to architects who specialize in health care within the United States and in countries where NCARB reciprocal licensure can be obtained. The certification process is rigorous and overseen by an independent testing agency, in order to establish a professionally sound, legally defensible standard by which people can identify themselves as healthcare architects.

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  • Click here for Exam Application Details - information specifically related to the application process.
  • Click here for Exam Preparation and Study Materials
  • Click here for FAQs surrounding ACHA certification, its application and examination processes.


Certificate Holders

  1. Certificate Holder-- Board Certified in the specialty of healthcare architecture and entitled to use the credentials "ACHA" after his or her name.
  2. Fellow-- Certificate Holder who has practiced within the specialty in an exemplary fashion for ten years or more is eligible to be nominated for ACHA Fellowship. If elevated, the ACHA Fellow becomes a certificant of the Council of Fellows and is entitled to use the credentials "FACHA" after his or her name.
  3. Emeritus -- Certificate Holder who no longer has a full-time practice is eligible to apply for Emeritus status. An Emeritus certificate holder is entitled to use the credentials "ACHA Emeritus" or "FACHA Emeritus" after his or her name.


Certification Process

Determine your eligibility to sit for the exam by examining the criteria and list of requirements as outlined in the Certification Handbook, which will be available in mid-late October 2020.

Note:  The application window for 2020 has closed.  Please check back in the fall for information regarding how to submit your portfolio and sit for the exam in 2021 when the 2021 handbook becomes available in mid-late October.

Click here for more information regarding the application process.



Application/Exam Fees & Important Dates

The Certification Committee convenes twice a year to review applicants and score their portfolios.  Applicants will be notified as to whether or not they are deemed eligible to sit for the exam approximately 30 days following the submission deadlines below.

The $400 application fee includes: 

  • $150 application handling fee - non-refundable
  • $250 examination fee - if an application is deemed incomplete, not accepted by the Certification Committee or withdrawn by the applicant, this fee is refundable.

Submission Deadlines:

  • Annual Deadline - April 1


Certification Eligibility Pathways


Pathway 1:  Candidate Program 

Do you 
not yet meet all the exam eligibility requirements?


No problem! Be a part of the Candidate Program. You must hold a US architectural license or an NCARB recognized reciprocal license. No portfolio or exam application required at this time. You will receive periodic updates on the College, exam reminders, and special invitations to ACHA-only events.  Remain a Candidate for up to 5 years for $25/year (only $20 in 2020). For all details or to sign-up as a Candidate, click here.

[Note:  Candidacy does not qualify you as eligible to sit for the exam.  Candidates will ultimately need to submit an application for review before deemed eligible; separate fees apply.]
Pathway 2: Exam Applicant
(Submit your Application and Portfolio)

Do you meet all the exam eligibility requirements?

Review the requirements as outlined in the Certification Handbook, which will be available in mid-late October 2020.  Submit your application and portfolio by logging into your account or apply directly.

Note:  All components of the portfolio package must be received/confirmed for the application to be complete.

Click here for more information on the steps to follow to apply and submit your portfolio.



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