Benefits & Networking

Make the Most of Your ACHCA MEMBERSHIP
The American College of Health Care Administrators provides you with a wealth of opportunities to maximize your success as a long-term care administrator.
Peer2Peer E-Forum
This members-only service lets you connect with colleagues through an online network. Peer2Peer discussions have ranged from PPS to surveying and financing to staffing issues. To participate, all you need is a computer, modem, an email address, and your ACHCA membership.
ACHCA Annual Conference and Exposition
Held each spring, the Annual Conference and Exposition brings together long-term care professionals from across the nation and Canada. The Annual Conference is an excellent opportunity to earn continuing education hours while learning from experts on topics covering all aspects of long-term care. Vendors representing all facets of long-term care display the latest products and services.
ACHCA Winter Marketplace
Recharge and revitalize at ACHCA’s Winter Marketplace which is traditionally held Las Vegas, Nevada during the first week of December. Continuing education sessions, plenary speakers, and specialized tracks challenge you to improve your professional skills and networking opportunities help you make new contacts.
Self Study Programs
ACHCA’s self study programs are a great way to earn continuing education credits at your own pace. Self study programs deal with issues you face every day such as public relations, restraint reduction,  managing problem behaviors, Alzheimers disease, treating terminally ill residents and labor relations management. Self studies are available in a variety of formats, including books, audio and video tapes.
ACHCA members receive valuable information through our publications. Subscriptions to ACHCA Update, the official newsletter of ACHCA and several leading professional publications are included in your annual membership dues.
ACHCA Online University
ACHCA members are eligible for a discounts through ACHCA University. Courses are also available at the same discounts for your entire staff at ACHCA University. It provides online continuing education for health care professionals. It’s easy, flexible and affordable. Courses are accredited by NAB/NCERS for administrators. Accredited courses are also available for Nursing, Dietary, Activities, Physical Therapy, and Speech/Language Pathology.
Professional Development Catalog
ACHCA’s professional development catalog contains the resources you need to be a leader.  The catalog offers continuing education self study programs, administrator reference guides and tools, and study guides for the ACHCA professional certification exams and the NHA licensure exam.  ACHCA members receive discounts on all items in the catalog. Click on Professional Development Catalog.
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.
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, CALA or CAS.
The eligibility requirements for all three certification programs vary. For more information, click on Certification, or call 1-888-88-ACHCA (888-882-2422) or send an email to
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, participate in civic activities, take 160 CE hours or 11 college semester credits in the past five years, and be involved in a professional activity or organization. For additional information email or click here.
Career Link
ACHCA’s online employment resource lists career opportunities 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.
Job Loss Survival Benefit
After one year of Active Voting Membership, you are entitled to an extension of your membership without charge in the event of an unexpected job loss.
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,
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 Chapters
Today’s long-term care students are tomorrow’s long-term care leaders. To help you get the most from your student membership, ACHCA has established on-campus student chapters at colleges and universities nationwide. They invite guest speakers, elect officers and undertake community service and engage in many other activities. Call ACHCA at 1-888-88-ACHCA (888-882-2422) to find the location of student chapters 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.
Insurance programs
As a member of ACHCA you are eligible to enroll in term life, disability, hospitalization, catastrophic major medical and accident insurance plans. Call Liberty Mutual at 1-800-524-9400 for more information.

DHL (Former Airborne program)

ACHCA has partnered with DHL to bring ACHCA members a full suite of domestic and international shipping services, covering over 220 countries and territories around the globe.
Members are also eligible for preferred DHL association member pricing. To find out more about your DHL benefits and set up your account, please contact the dedicated association hotline at 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm, ET) or log onto
Bekins Moving and Storage
You may relocate several times over the course of your career. This service will ease the transition of moving to a new location. Call 1-800-355-4285 for more information.
MBNA ACHCA Gold Mastercard
As an ACHCA member, you can apply for the distinctive ACHCA Gold Mastercard. Embossed with the ACHCA logo, the card allows you to show the world your commitment to long-term care as a member of ACHCA every time you use it. Call 1-800-847-7378 for more information.
Executive Books
Order books or books-on-tape from ACHCA website and receive discounts of 20-30%. Select from the featured books or use the search tool to find books not listed. While saving yourself money, ACHCA also benefits from your purchase.  Click here to take a look.
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(Mail or fax completed application to: Fax 703.739.7901, Mailing Address: ACHCA Membership Department, 300 N Lee Street, Suite 301, Alexandria, VA 22314)