Emeritus Policy

Emeritus status is considered to be a high honor. This status is granted at the end of one’s career for years of distinguished service to the Healthcare Architecture profession.  Additionally, the Emeritus applicant must have been continuously certified in good standing for 15 years minimum, and be at least 65 years of age.

  • Fees for “Emeritus ACHA” status are waived.
  • Charitable donations to the College are encouraged while using the Emeritus status credential.
  • Although not required, continuing education is encouraged. 
  • Annually, in November, ACHA-Emeritus will be asked to renew to verify their intent to remain emeritus for the following calendar year to ensure that the College has current contact information.
  • This status is fully recognized by the College.


By completing both the application and Certemy workflow, Emeritus applicants will attest to the following:

  1. I have resigned from my previous firm, and/or have relinquished my healthcare practice. 
  2. I no longer sign or seal architectural drawings for healthcare projects. 
  3. I no longer market my services as a healthcare architect or consultant. 
  4. I will refrain from establishing a firm or business name which would imply a continuation of healthcare Architectural services, or a related healthcare consulting practice. 
  5. I also understand that once “Emeritus ACHA” status is granted by the Board of Regents, reinstatement to a full certificate holder is not possible. (To return to an active certificate holder will require re-examination; the portfolio review and letters of recommendation will be waived.) 
  6. I shall use the following term after my name to reference my honorary status: “Emeritus ACHA”. For Fellows of the College, “Emeritus FACHA” shall be used. 


The ACHA Board of Regents, at its discretion, may grant Emeritus status to a certificate holder who meets the criteria outlined above and completes the two steps below.

Activities Allowed Under Emeritus Status

  1. You may continue to maintain all of your architectural licenses, but none are required. 
  2. You may be a guest speaker, a guest teacher, or sit on professional committees of any type. 
  3. You may mentor younger architects, assist with AXP courses, and write for professional journals. 
  4. You may work on personal Architectural projects, such as residential designs. 
  5. You may work “pro-bono” on projects for charitable organizations of any type. However, this does not include “for-profit”, or “not-for-profit” healthcare entities, unless it is for an “Art Committee”, or similar volunteer effort. 

Rather than having a rigorous system of monitoring your activities, the ACHA assumes that a certificate holder in good standing who retires will continue to maintain a high level of ethical behavior and will comply with the criteria set forth here-in to the best of his/her ability.