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​​​​​​​​​​​​​ACHA​ Handbook/Application:

Download an electronic copy of the 2020 C​andidate Handbook​. Please note: Applications and portfolios will only be accepted via online submission as of Jan. 1, 2019.

How to prepare for the e​​​xam

Hear from Antonio A​madeo, AIA, ACHA​ on his experience taking the ACHA Exam:


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Enroll in a program

Click on a program to review the requirements necessary for (initial) certification. Please follow these steps for enrollment:

  1. Sign in to the website with your ACHA user name and password
  2. If you are a new exam applicant, you will need to create a new account
  3. Review the requirements and noted deadlines

Complete the requirements

Once enrolled, you can view your progress towards certification or recertification by completing each of the steps required for completion.

Tip: Record completion = Click to complete

Complete the program

Your certification application and portfolio will be evaluated by independent peer review panel. If approved to sit for the exam, you will receive detailed information about scheduling your exam. Please allow 6-8 weeks following the deadline by which your application was submitted (Feb. 1 or April 1).

Exam Administration Dates:

The ACHA Exam will be given during the month of July. The computer-based exam is given at over 200 PSI Testing Centers across the U.S. and Canada. Advanced registration for the exam is required.

Portfolio Deadlines:

  • February 1 - early bird deadline
  • April 1 - regular deadline

Samples of Portfolios:

Please note that the above portfolio samples are provided as examples of content only.

For more details on the portfolio or application process, please refer to the Candidate Handbook.

Content Outline

Please note that the 2020 exam is based upon the Content Outline which can be found in the Candidate Handbook and below.

Examinati​on Co​ntent Outline

Reference List​

  1. National Fire Protection Association. Specific codes and standards include NFPA 101: Life Safety Code current edition. [Complete list of codes and standards available online at www.n​].  
  2. JCAHO Accreditation Manuals 
  3. 2018 FGI Guideline 

Helpful Hints for the Exam:

Other study resources:

For information on upcoming Exam Prep Seminars, please click​ here.

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