As mentioned in About Us, 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.
There are 3 types of Certificate Holders:
- Certificate Holder-- Board Certified in the specialty of healthcare architecture and entitled to use the credentials "ACHA" after his or her name.
- 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 member of the Council of Fellows and is entitled to use the credentials "FACHA" after his or her name.
- Emeritus -- Certificate Holder who no longer has a full-time practice is eligible to petition the Regents to request Emeritus status. An Emeritus Member is entitled to use the credentials "ACHA Emeritus" or "FACHA Emeritus" after his or her name.
Certificate Holder Certification Process:
- Determine and complete eligibility requirements
- Submit Portfolio Package (including Letters)
- Submit Exam Application
- Take the Exam
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 an architectural license. No Portfolio or Exam Application required. 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.
Pathway 2: Direct Certification - Do you meet all the exam eligibility requirements? Complete the online Certification Application which includes: submission of the Portfolio Package (including Letters of Recommendation) for review and an Exam Application upon Portfolio Package approval. If you meet all the eligibility requirements, you do not need to become a Candidate prior to submitting the portfolio materials then applying for the exam. You will have up to 5 years to pass the exam before resubmitting a complete Portfolio Package.
Certification Eligibility Requirements: These requirements are a part of the Portfolio Package and Exam Application. All components must be received/confirmed for the application to be considered complete.
- Licensure for 3+ years within the U.S. or applicable international jurisdiction
- 6,000+ hours total healthcare experience within last 5 years). The 6,000 hours of experience within the 5 year time frame can include pre-license experience.
- Portfolio Package:
- Client Reference Letters (3)
- Architect Letters of Recommendation (3)
- Portfolio of Projects (3-9 healthcare projects in past 5 years)
- Fees (Reduced in 2020 in celebration of ACHA's 20th Anniversary)
Do you have a unique career pathway? Please email us with your eligibility questions.
2020* Exam Fees Important Dates:
- Portfolio Package & Exam Application Early Bird Deadline: February 1
- November 1, 2019 to February 1, 2020: $20. If an application is not deemed complete and cannot be accepted, or is withdrawn, zero fee is refunded.
- Portfolio Package & Exam Application Regular Deadline: April 1
- February 2, 2020 to April 1, 2020: $200. If an application is not deemed complete and cannot be accepted, or is withdrawn, a $100 fee is refunded.
*In 2021, application and examination fees will return to $400.
All fees payable to the American College of Healthcare Architects. An additional $50.00 will be assessed for insufficient funds.
Upon review and approval of the Portfolio Package by the Certification Committee, applicants will notified of their eligibility to sit for the exam. Electronic instructions will then be provided on how to schedule an examination appointment. The Exam Testing Window is July 1-31.
An architect who does not pass the examination on his or her first attempt may elect to retake the exam during the next testing window for a maximum of five years before resubmitting a Portfolio Package and Exam Application is required. Click here to download the Application to Re-Exam. In 2020, there is ZERO fee to re-exam. The deadline to submit this form for the 2020 exam testing window is June 1, 2020.