Frequently Asked Questions

The Certificant Handbook is the go-to resource for answers to all your certification questions.  Below are a few FAQs that may be addressed in further detail in the handbook.

Q. How and when will I be notified of my examination results?
A. The results of your examination will be mailed to you by PSI approximately 30 days following the close of the examination window.  You will receive a letter from ACHA, verifying your acceptance into the College, or providing you information on scheduling your re-exam next year.  Results/scores are not emailed, nor provided over the phone.

Q. Do I have to become a Candidate before I apply to take the examination?
A. No.  Candicacy is for individuals who do not yet qualify to take the exam but want to keep appraised of the College's activities throughout the year.  If you meet eligibility requiremens to sit for the exam, you may apply to take the exam without becoming a Candidate first.  

Q. How do I submit my application?
A. Log in to your exisiting account or create an account.  Complete all the steps of the online application by April 1 in order to be eligible to sit for the exam in July. 

Q. How do I submit my portfolio?
A. Log in to your exisiting account or create an account.  Portfolios components may be uploaded to the portal at anytime during the year, however, they will be reviewed upon completion of all steps between April 1 and October 1.

Q. Do I have to submit my application and portfolio in order to sit for the exam?
A. Not anymore.  You can apply for the examination by April 1 and if approved sit for the exam in the upcoming exam window (July 1-31).  If you pass the exam, you will need to submit your portfolio, have it reviewed and approved before you are accepted into the College as "certified" (an ACHA Certificate Holder).

Q. Are there yearly dues associated with ACHA?
A. Yes, the yearly dues are: Board Certified - $550 and Board Certified Fellow - $650. Candidates may renew their status for $25.  There are no annual dues for those who are retired and approved as Emeritus Status.

Q. What are the fees for applying for ACHA Board Certification?
A. A fee of $400 must be submitted with your application. $150 will be applied to the Application Fee, which is non-refundable. $250 will be applied to the Examination Fee (If an application is not deemed complete and cannot be accepted, or is withdrawn, the $250 examination fee will be refunded.)

Q. Is there a deadline for applying to re-exam?
A. Yes.  Submit a request to and complete by June 1.

Q. Is there a deadline for applying to ACHA?
A. You may become a Candidate at any time during the year. However, if you meet the College's eligibility requirements to sit for the exam, your application must be submitted online no later than April 1 in order to take the exam in the annual, July testing window.

Q. When will I be notified that I am accepted for an examination?
A. You will receive email notification that you are eligible to take the ACHA Examination within approximately 60 days of the application deadline. The period of eligibility is fi​ve years.  The notification will contain instructions on scheduling your examination with PSI. 

Q. Do I send the letters of recommendation directly to ACHA or include them in the portfolio?
A. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted via email.  All materials, including the letters of recommendation, must be uploaded to the portal as components of the portfolio package.

Q. Who do I need to contact to schedule an Examination appointment to take the exam?
A. If approved, you will receive email notification of your eligibility from ACHA with the scheduling instructions. ACHA's contracts with the testing company PSI. PSI offers over 120 locations throughout the United States and Canada, to find an assessment center in your area, visit the PSI website at https://www​​.

Q. What will be covered on the Examination?
A. The examination is based on a content outline developed from a national survey of healthcare architects, which identified tasks significant to practice. Examination questions were written by committee members and other practitioners to assess the knowledge and skills required to perform the identified tasks. The objective examination consists of 120 multiple choice questions (100 scored and 20 non-scored pretest items). The content outline can be found in the ACHA Certification Handbook (available in October 2020).

Refer to the Certification Handbook for more information.

Q. How long will the Examination take?
A. Candidates are allotted 2.5 hours to take the examination.

Q. I am an Architect who provides healthcare planning (or other "non-traditional") services, and the project facts for my portfolio as requested in the Application and Checklist (i.e. construction cost, construction start/completion dates, etc.) do not relate to my personal role an involvement on a project-what should I do?
A. Architects providing "non-traditional" consulting services (i.e. Healthcare Planning, Programming, Facilities Based Services, Construction Management, Agency Review etc.) should modify the portfolio's pertinent project facts to best demonstrate their respective roles in their areas of specialty. Non-traditional practitioners are encouraged to apply.

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