The Commitment to Professional Excellence

What is Certification?

Professional certification is the formal process by which a certifying agency validates a leader’s knowledge, skills, and abilities in a specialty area of practice, such as nursing home (CNHA) or assisted living administration (CALA). The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) offers just that!

Both of ACHCA’s certification exams include two levels of testing: generalist LTC and specialty practice exams.

Both the CNHA and CALA have unique requirements.

To review the requirements, click here or visit www.achca.org.

Why become professionally certified?

To provide the best care possible to older adults and other compromised individuals, leader’s within LTC settings should be educated and professionally certified in their area(s) of practice. If you are looking for the next step up your LTC career ladder, consider the following:

Benefits of Becoming a CNHA / CALA

• Access to better professional opportunities
• Better compensation and benefits (in some LTC settings)
• Class distinction
• Less than 1% of the countries’ LTC administrators are Certified
• Enhanced credibility, specialized knowledge, and personal satisfaction
• Indication of professional growth, personal achievement, and a unwavering commitment to excellence
• Increased Job Mobility
• Certification is recognized by 22 state licensure boards for licensure endorsement fast tracking
• The Value of Certification to Recipients of Care

Residents and their families expect knowledgeable organizational leadership. ACHCA certification verifies to the public that administrators are highly skilled and possess the knowledge needed to strive toward excellence in organizational leadership. By comparison, ACHCA certified administrators oversee facilities with the following characteristics:

• Higher Quality of Care
• Fewer Deficiencies
• Higher Medicare & Private Pay Mix
• Residents with Greater Functional Dependency

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