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The American College of Health Care Administrators provides you with a wealth of opportunities to maximize your success as a long-term care administrator.


ACHCAConnect and File Sharing: This members-only network lets you connect and collaborate with colleagues through an online community. For more information about ACHCAConnect or file sharing, click here

ACHCA Annual Convocation and Exposition
: Held each spring, the Annual Convocation and Exposition brings together long-term care leaders from across the nation and Canada. Convocation is an excellent opportunity to earn continuing education hours, network with your peers and learn from experts on topics covering all aspects of long-term care. Vendors, representing all facets of long-term care, display the latest in products and services. Members receive discounts on registration fees. For information on the upcoming Convocation and Exposition, click here.

ACHCA Winter Marketplace: Recharge and revitalize at ACHCA's Winter Marketplace, traditionally held in early December in Las Vegas. Continuing education sessions, plenary speakers, and specialized tracks challenge you to improve your professional skills. Networking opportunities help you make new contacts in your own backyard and across the country. Members receive discounts on registration fees. For information on the upcoming Winter Marketplace, click here.


ACHCA members receive valuable information through our publications. Subscriptions to ACHCA Long Term Care Continuum, the online quarterly newsletter of ACHCA (published four times per year) and several leading professional publications are included in your annual membership dues.

ACHCA members also receive ACHCA eNews, our e-mail newsletter on regular basis. Published at least twice per month, ACHCA eNews keeps members up to date on the association and other items of interest in Long Term Care education and professional development.

In addition, ACHCA members receive several national industry journals, as a benefit of membership. Highlights include Caring for the Ages and Provider


Professional Certification: ACHCA offers two exam-based professional certification programs. Certification candiates may earn a professional credential in Nursing Home Administration (CNHA) and Assisted Living Administration (CALA). ACHCA certifiies professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and values consistent with the high standards of management necessary to provide quality care. Now is your chance to demonstrate your professional expertise to your colleagues, employer, managed care organizations, and consumers by earning the designation CNHA and/or CALA.

The eligibility requirements for the two certification programs vary. For more information, click on Certification, or call (202) 536-5120 and choose option 2 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Advancement to Fellow: “Fellow” status is the highest honor ACHCA can award you. It signifies your commitment to professional growth and your efforts to improve the profession. To be eligible, you must be an active member of ACHCA for a minimum of two years.   Fellow applicants must demonstrate their commitment to the profession through their experience, formal education, continuing education, professional advancement, and civic/community activities.  For additional information email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or click here.

Computer-Based Testing for Certification

Professional certification candidates will be able to test closer to home and get instant exam results through an ACHCA arrangement with LaserGrade computer testing services. There are over 700 LaserGrade testing centers around the country.


Career Link: ACHCA’s online employment resource lists career opportunities both nationally and internationally. You can search positions available by title, salary, or state. The job notification service keeps you informed as new positions are posted. ACHCA members can post positions wanted at no charge. Click here for more information.


Here are some of the ways you can take an active role in ACHCA:

Chapter Affiliation: ACHCA’s chapters form a vital link between the individual members and the national association. Chapters sponsor educational programs and offer a variety of other networking activities. Many chapters publish their own newsletter.

Grass Roots Advocacy: ACHCA members are encouraged to advocate for their profession in two arenas: their State Licensure Board and their state legislators. American College of Health Care Administrators(ACHCA) Advocacy Committee developed Grassroots Advocacy: A Step-By-Step Guide, a practical ready-to-use tool with which ACHCA Chapters can advocate for the profession of long-term care administration. To read the pdf or download this document, click here.

During the Chapter Development Institute, held in Alexandria, VA in September, 2004, several of our members "went to the Hill" to meet their elected representatives. In order to prepare them for these meetings, ACHCA sponsored speakers and presentations.

Volunteer Leadership: Volunteer leaders are engaged in important activities at all levels of ACHCA. If you are eligible, you may choose to run for Chapter or National office. You may also receive a committee appointment, edit your chapter’s newsletter, recruit members or help to organize a special event.

Student Associations/Groups: Today’s long-term care students are tomorrow’s long-term care leaders. To help you get the most from your student membership, ACHCA chapters may  “partner” with an existing student campus association or group whose mission is long term care, long term care leadership,  and/or Gerontological or aging  care and services. Call ACHCA at (202) 536-5120 and choose option 1 to find the location of student associations/groups or how to start one.


Your ACHCA membership entitles you to take advantage of numerous services, programs and opportunities that will benefit you personally as well as professionally. Click here to check out the discounts provided by our Affinity Partners and Member Benefit Partners.

Affinity Partners
Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services,Inc
eHealth Data Solutions LLC
Redilearning, LLC

Member Benefit Partners
The Compliance Store
Kinney Management Services, LLC
Saint Joseph's College of Maine