Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How should I study for the Board of Govenors exam?
  2. From whom must I get references? What does the structured interview entail?
  3. My Advancement to Fellow application has been approved, how do I sign up for the exam?
  4. Does my FACHE Application expire?
  5. What if I submitted my application more than three years ago and I have not yet advanced to FACHE?
  6. What fees are associated with the Board of Governors exam?
  7. When will I be notified of my exam results?
  8. When do I officially advance to Fellow?
  9. I am a civilian or in the military and live outside of the United States. Am I eligible to advance to FACHE? If so, how does the process work?
  10. What is the difference between a Fellow and a FACHE?

  1. How should I study for the Board of Governors exam?

    You should use a variety of sources to study for the exam, such as Health Administration Press books, textbooks, healthcare journals and other periodicals. (View for a sample reference list.) To find out which areas you should give special attention to, we recommend that you use the free Reference Manual (PDF), which provides an overview of the exam and the topics covered in it; use the provided link to download it. You also may enroll in the Online Tutorial for a fee of $485. Or if you prefer a more intensive study method in a group setting and value access to expert faculty and peer discussion, then you may enroll in the Board of Governors Examination Review Course. For more information on the Online Tutorial or the Board of Governors Examination Review Course, follow the above links.

    ACHE recommends that you allow three to six months to study for the exam, depending on how busy you are. You might also find it helpful to read the study tips contributed by ACHE members who have successfully taken the Board of Governors Exam.

  2. From whom must I get references? What does the structured interview entail?

    Applicants must submit three references: each of these must be from a Fellow, and one of these must be a structured interview.*

    *Because we value the opportunity for ACHE Fellows to interact with Members, every Fellow candidate will also be required to participate in a structured interview with an ACHE Fellow prior to being authorized to sit for the written exam. This interview will be incorporated into the Fellow reference and can be arranged at the convenience of both parties—face-to-face whenever possible, but via telephone if a face-to-face meeting is not feasible. The interview questions will be included on the Fellow reference form that comes with the Fellow application. You should forward the reference form to the Fellow prior to your interview and make a copy for yourself so that you can refer to the questions during the interview. Follow this link for a reference form, follow this link for a structured interview form (PDF); or contact the Division of Member Services at (312) 424-9400.

  3. My Advancement to Fellow application has been approved, how do I sign up for the exam?

    You should have received a confirmation letter and the Board of Governors exam registration form (PDF) and instructions in the mail. If you did not receive this information, contact ACHE at (312) 424-9400.

    When you are ready to take the exam (that is, you have studied and feel prepared), submit the registration form, along with your $200 Exam Registration payment, to ACHE. You will have 90 days to take the exam once ACHE receives this form. Within one week, ACHE will notify Prometric Testing Centers that you are eligible to take the exam and also send you a confirmation letter. When you receive the letter, contact Prometric at (800) 688-5803 or at www.prometric.com to schedule your exam. To avoid confusion, please do not contact Prometric until you have received your confirmation letter.

    You will also have the option of taking a paper-and-pencil exam at the Congress on Healthcare Leadership, typically held in March.

  4. Does my FACHE Application expire?

    Yes. Your application is valid for three years after it is received. The three-year time limit begins when your application is received regardless if it is approved or not. Remember, it is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete and all materials are submitted in a timely manner.
  5. What if I submitted my application more than three years ago and I have not yet advanced to FACHE?

    You must submit a new application along with the $250 application (enrollment) fee to continue the process. Also, your references are valid for five years from the time they are received. It is not necessary to confirm previous references or obtain new references if you are within the five-year period. It is necessary, however, to include your updated healthcare management continuing education information and four new healthcare and community activities (two of each). Please review the application closely and complete any additional requirements.
  6. What fees are associated with the Board of Governors exam?

    Applicants pay an initial exam enrollment fee at the time of application. In addition to the exam enrollment fee, applicants are required to pay an exam registration fee prior to taking the exam. Retaking the exam requires payment of only the exam registration fee if the exam is taken before the application expires.

    Exam enrollment fee—$250
    Exam registration fee—$200

    Total fees—$450

  7. When will I be notified of my exam results?

    If you take the exam at a computerized testing center, you will receive your exam results immediately at the testing center.

    If you take the paper-and-pencil exam at Congress, you will be notified of the results in eight to 10 weeks. The ACHE annual exam cycle begins at Congress each year. After the Congress exam, results are sent to ACHE’s testing consultant for analysis and pass point setting. The passing score is derived by a criterion-referenced basis; that is, candidates are measured against a predetermined standard of performance, rather than being compared to other candidates. This analysis takes approximately eight weeks to complete. Therefore, scores are not available between April and May.

  8. When do I officially advance to Fellow?

    If you pass the Board of Governor's exam, you have taken a significant step toward becoming board certified as an ACHE Fellow. To officially become a Fellow, you must meet all of the requirements that are listed on the Fellow application.

  9. I am a civilian or in the military and live outside of the United States. Am I eligible to advance to FACHE? If so, how does the process work?

    If you are a Member of ACHE (not an International Associate), you are eligible to earn the FACHE credential. The process works just as if you were living in the United States. ACHE is pleased to announce that the Board of Governors Examination is now offered internationally to both military and civilian members. Visit www.prometric.com to see what sites are available in your area.

  10. What is the difference between a Fellow and a FACHE?

    There is no difference. Fellow or Fellow status is a formal term used to describe an ACHE Member who has earned his or her FACHE credential. FACHE stands for Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


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