Certification

FREE self-assessment for Members

If you are a College member, you can complete the ACHSM Master Health Service Competency Framework self-assessment FREE OF CHARGE.

(Not available to non-members at this time.)

Click here and use your ACHSM login details to access this self-assessment. (Note: you will be taken to an external site in a new browser window.)

Welcome to the Certification section of our website. Here you will find information about the benefits of being a Certified Health Manager (CHM) or Certified Health Executive (CHE) and how to start your journey towards becoming a Certified professional in health service management.

In 2019, the College engaged with members about introducing a credentialing system and professional certification of health managers and leaders.

The results of the member survey sent to all members in May 2019 showed overwhelming support for the introduction of a two-tier certification – Certified Health Manager (for Associate Fellows) and Certified Health Executive (for Fellows).

At the 2019 ACHSM Asia-Pacific Congress at the Gold Coast, College President Dr Neale Fong took the opportunity to launch our new Strategic Plan and to formally announce the introduction of the College Certification Program for members. Please find below a copy of this presentation with a few Notes for additional information.

Right now, though, it is crucial that members consider what it may mean for them personally.

Read ACHSM President Dr Neale Fong's presentation at our 2019 Asia-Pacific Congress on the Gold Coast about this.

Changes from Dec 2020: key information for current members

  • Existing Associate Fellows as at 1 December 2020 were deemed to be Certified Health Managers and be able to use the additional postnominals of CHM in addition to AFCHSM postnominals.
  • Existing Fellows as at 1 December 2020 were deemed to be Certified Health Executives and be able to use the additional postnominals of CHE in addition to FCHSM postnominals.
  • This recognition will be subject to a 18-month confirmation period where CHMs and CHEs must undertake a number of hours of Continuing Professional Development and complete and lodge a self-assessment against the ACHSM Master Health Service Competency Framework

The Certification Policy and Maintenance of Certification documents available at the links at the top of this page provide guidance on the now commenced credentialing system of Certification. 

Other important considerations and changes as a result of COVID

  • As a result of the disruption of COVID the College Board agreed to extend 2 key dates in regards to Certification. These are:
    • Existing members who were designated CHEs and CHMs on December 1, 2020, now have 18 months – until June 1, 2022, to complete the required first year of their maintenance of certification hours (25 hours).
    • Non-members who are eligible to become an Associate Fellow have an extended deadline until June 1, 2021, to join and be recognised as a Certified Health Manager.  However, they will still only have until June 1, 2021 to complete 25 MOC points.
  • Do you have colleagues who might wish to join ACHSM before June 1, 2021 and be recognised for their current skills and competencies as a Certified Health Manager?
  • Are you a Member who has enough points (12 points required) on our Membership Advancement and Scoring Form to progress to Associate Fellow before June 1, 2021?

The ACHSM Board firmly believes that health leadership and management is a profession requiring skills, ongoing development and support, but also, perhaps most importantly, recognition from the wider health sector of the profession itself.

Our aim in introducing a professional certification for members is to work alongside you, our most important stakeholders, to build that understanding and acceptance across the health sector. We aim to advocate for you and for the recognition of the health management profession and appreciate your ongoing support as we continue to implement this program out over the next year.

We will continue to provide you with regular progress updates.

Quick Status Check – which category below describes you today?

NOT a member of the College

To be recognised as a Certified Health Manager or Certified Health Executive you will need to be an Associate Fellow or Fellow of the College as at the extended deadline of 1 June 2021.

Membership of the College is determined on a points-based system. Please check the membership page of our website.

Check your current points status by downloading our Membership Advancement Scoring Form now.

Member of the College – MEMBER

There is no Certification designation for this category of College Membership. If you have enough points on our Membership Advancement form (12 points required) to become an Associate Fellow before 1 June 2021, please consider doing so and you will receive the Certified Health Manager designation.

If you do not have enough points now, please be assured that the Certification Program is designed to be an important and career enhancing program to support your continuing career in Health management and leadership.

Member of the College – ASSOCIATE FELLOW

Unless you opted out, you are now recognized as a Certified Health Manager as of 1 December 2020, and able to use either or both of your postnominals of CHM and AFCHSM. There are expectations of you to complete Maintenance of Certification activities in the first 12 months to retain the CHM designation.

Member of the College – FELLOW

Unless you opted out, you are now recognized as a Certified Health Executive as of 1 December 2020, and be able to use either or both of your postnominals of CHE and FCHSM. There are expectations of you to complete Maintenance of Certification activities in the first 12 months to retain the CHM designation.

Member of the College – STUDENT

There is no Certification designation for this category of College Membership. If you have enough points on our Membership Advancement form (12 points required) to become an Associate Fellow before December 2020, please consider doing so and you will receive the Certified Health Manager designation.

If you do not have enough points now, please be assured that the Certification Program is designed to be an important and career enhancing development program, undertaken at a time that suits you, to support your continuing career in Health management and leadership.

Member of the College – RETIRED

There is no Certification designation for Retired Members of any level.