Wednesday, February 14, 2018

AHCA/NCAL Announces New Partnership with ACHCA for Administrator Credentialing

Dave Kyllo

AHCA/NCAL is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) for its administrator certification programs. 

The goals of the partnership are to increase awareness of advanced certification and professional growth opportunities and to encourage independent professional certification for nursing facility and assisted living administrators/directors. 

There are many benefits to credentialing including:

National Recognition and Endorsement ACHCA’s professional certification program identifies and honors facility administrators and directors who are preforming at an advanced level of skill and knowledge. 
Commitment to the Public Professional certification through ACHCA reflects a commitment to residents, families and staff.  Certified administrators/directors have advanced knowledge and experience to lead their facilities. 
Enhancement of the Profession Professional certification promotes quality in the profession and improves the public image of administrators/directors. 
Personal Satisfaction and Sense of Achievement Unlike licensure, certification is a voluntary program which allows experienced and practicing administrators to validate their knowledge, skill and abilities. 
Employer Recognition Certification is considered a plus by many employers. 

AHCA has established eligibility criteria prior to taking the exam, including two years of licensure (other options exist for assisted living administrators in states without administrator licensure) and continuing education requirements. Both must be established before an individual is authorized to sit for the credentialing exam. While ACHCA membership has many benefits for administrators/directors, ACHCA membership is not a requirement for ACHCA certification.

The application fee for either the nursing facility or assisted living certification exam is $150. AHCA/NCAL members should use AHCA/NCAL members should use code AHCANCAL when they complete their initial ACHCA applications. The single credential fee (the fee paid after an individual passes the exam) is only $300 for AHCA/NCAL members, a $50 discount off the regular non-ACHCA member price when AHCA/NCAL members use promo code AHCANCAL at checkout. 

Credentialing through ACHCA lasts five years. Recertification involves obtaining 150 hours of continuing education in five areas during the five-year certification period and paying a recertification fee.

ACHCA certification can provide State licensure reciprocity with certain states. Licensing rules and requirements vary by state. Check with your state licensing board for your state’s reciprocity requirements. A list of state licensure boards and contact information is maintained on the NAB website at www.nabweb.org.

For more information about ACHCA certification, go to www.achca.org/certification or call 1-800-561-3148.  

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