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Become a Fellow

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Achieve Board Certification in Healthcare Management.

Become a recognized leader among executives in healthcare management by becoming a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives®.

Demonstrate your expertise in the industry by setting yourself apart! The FACHE credential brings continuous value to you as a healthcare leader, to your organization and to your community.

The Credential

  •  Provides recognition as a leader among leaders in healthcare management.
  •  Demonstrates your competency in all areas of healthcare management.
  •  Signifies your lifelong commitment to change and improvement.

It All Begins Here

Fellow candidates must meet ALL of the following requirements prior to applying and sitting for the Board of Governors Exam in Healthcare Management:


Be a current Member with one year of tenure as an ACHE Member, Faculty Associate, or International Associate. Student Associate membership does not count toward tenure.

Advanced Degree

Earn a master’s degree (or another post-baccalaureate degree). A copy of your diploma or final conferred transcript is required.

Healthcare Management Experience

Currently, hold an executive healthcare management position AND have a minimum of five years of healthcare management experience. A copy of your job description, organizational chart, and resume is required.

  • Current employment by a healthcare organization or a healthcare influencer (i.e. consulting firm, government organization, supplier, etc.)
  • Control of departmental budgeting, planning, and staffing
  • Accountability to senior management for departmental performance
  • Minimum of five years of experience in healthcare management


Obtain two references. The first reference is a structured interview, either face-to-face or by telephone, between you and a current Fellow. The second reference is in written form and should come from another current Fellow, or a senior leader within your organization. The name of each individual providing a reference on your behalf is required for your application.

Continuing Education

Complete a minimum of 36 continuing education hours related to healthcare management and administration within the three years prior to submitting an application. (12 hours must be ACHE Face-to-Face education.)

Qualified Education

The remaining hours may be additional ACHE Face-to-Face Education hours OR hours earned from other professional organizations. These may include:

  • ACHE e-learning
  • Self-Study Courses
  • Any continuing education offered by any professional organization (including through your employer) as long as it is related to the knowledge areas included in the Board of Governors Exam Content Outline
  • In-person, online, or on-demand learning
  • Continuing education from ACHE Pre-Approved Provider Organizations (DOC)

Volunteer Activity

Complete four volunteer activities within the three years prior to submitting an application. Two of these activities must be community/civic and two of these must be healthcare-related activities.

Board of Governors Exam

The final step to becoming a FACHE involves passing the Board of Governors Exam, which consists of 200 questions from the following 10 knowledge areas;

  • I. Healthcare
  • II. Management and Leadership
  • III. Finance
  • IV. Human Resources
  • V. Quality and Performance Management
  • VI. Business
  • VII. Healthcare Technology and Information Management
  • VIII. Laws and Regulations
  • IX. Professionalism and Ethics
  • X. Governance and Organizational Structure

To learn more about becoming a Fellow with ACHE and to submit your application online

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