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 ACHA Exam & Requirements

​​​ACHA Examination

The ACHA Exam is given during the month of July. The computer-based exam is given at over 120 PSI Testing Centers across the U.S., Canada, and Australia. 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.​

In celebration of ACHA's 20th Anniversary, please note the following with regard to the fees:

  • Application/Examination Fee (November 1, 2019 to February 1, 2020): $20
  • Application/Examination Fee (February 2, 2020 to July 15, 2020): $200.
  • Candidate Fee reduced from November 1, 2019 to November 1, 2020 to $20.​

Additional information with regard to fees:

  • Between November 1, 2019 and February 1, 2020, if an application is not deemed complete and cannot be accepted, or is withdrawn, zero fee is refunded.
  • Between February 2​ and July 15, 2020, if an application is not deemed complete and cannot be accepted, or is withdrawn, a $100 fee is refunded.
  • Fees payable to the American College of Healthcare Architects. An additional $50.00 will be assessed for insufficient funds.​

Once an applicant is notified of his/her eligibility to sit for the exam, information will be provided on how to schedule. All applicants 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 does not 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 five years before reapplication is required. 

For ACHA's 20th Anniversary, the ​re-examination fee is waived until February 2​0, 2020
at which point it will be $20 until the end of the 
2020 examination window (July 31, 2020).

Click here to download the Application to Re-Exam.  The deadline to submit this form for the 2020 exam testing window is June 1,​ 2020.​

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