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2020 Exam Window

The Certification Handbook is the go-to, all-inclusive guide to achieve ACHA Board Certification.  Read all the Exam Application, testing details, and Portfolio Package requirements,

  • Click here to view (and download) the 2020 Certification Handbook. [Note: the 2021 handbook will become available in the fall of 2020.]
  • Click here for more information regarding submitting your application and portfolio to take the exam.
  • Click here for Examination Details.

Exa​​m Preparation Resources

ACHA Practice Examin​ation​

Click here to take the practice exam.  Its new release became available May 1, 2020.  The practice exam is $50.​ (Note:  The practice examination is copyrighted by ACHA and PSI. It may not be reproduced.)

The ACHA Practice Examination (PE) is a 50-question online examination that was developed to be parallel in content and difficulty to the actual ACHA certification examination. The PE should be regarded as a diagnostic tool to assess strengths and weaknesses of the candidate's knowledge and not as a study guide for the actual certification examination. A passing score on the practice examination does not, in any way, guarantee a passing score on the actual certification examination.

The PE may be used by individual candidates as an additional resource to identify weak areas of knowledge prior to taking the proctored certification examination. The PE will be available for 60 days from the date the order is placed.

When you choose to finish and score the examination, you will be able to view your score report and feedback report will list each question, if you answered the question correctly or incorrectly indicated by a green checkmark or a red X, and the location of each question on the ACHA detailed content outline.​

The ACHA PE follows the same format used in the actual certification examination. Questions follow the ACHA Detailed Content Outline (available in the candidate handbook) and are in the same proportion and difficulty as the actual certification examination. The cognitive levels Recall, Application, and Analysis are represented on the PE along with each content area: Forces that Drive the Business of Healthcare, Programming & Planning, Design, and Delivery & Implementation.


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



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