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 ACHA Exam & Requirements

​ACHA Examination

The ACHA Exam will be given during the month of July. The computer-based exam is given at over 120 PSI Testing Centers across the U.S and Canada. This ensures that all qualified candidates can easily access a testing site at a location and time that is convenient to them.

The examination will be computer based. No two exams will be identical, although the content outline is constant. The passing score will be identified based on accepted analysis, once the first examination period is complete. The score will be based on the entire examination, not just individual content sections.

Examination Fees

$400 should be submitted with the application portfolio. This fee includes $150 Application Fee and $250 Examination Fee (if a candidate is not eligible for the examination the $250 examination fee will be refunded). The application portfolio deadlines are February 1 (early bird) and April 1.

Once a candidate is eligible to sit for the exam, information will be provided on how to schedule. All candidates should review the candidate handbook which will help them prepare for the exam. The handbook includes information on how to prepare, reference bibliography and sample questions.

AIA Learning Units

ACHA candidates who take and pass the examination will receive 20 AIA Learning Units from ACHA.

A candidate who fails to pass the ACHA Examination on his or her first attempt may elect to retake the examination during the next window the examination is offered and a maximum of three years before reapplication is required. Each re-examination appointment requires an additional examination fee of $100.

Download the ACHA Candidate Handbook/Application (PDF)​​​


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