[Bylaws: Article II: Membership, Section 1. Classifications]

Online Application for Membership


ACHCA voting memberships:

Eligibility: Serving as an administrator or executive in long-term care administration.  Must be professionally qualified by licensure or experience; individuals are accountable for ensuring quality care is provided in long-term care, residential care, and post-acute care setting(s).
Emerging Professional
Eligibility: Newly licensed; must have obtained your licensure or professionally qualified for a maximum of two years or less
Eligibility: Current voting member for a continuous 5+ years, who has retired from healthcare administration and is at least 55 years of age.  Download or apply online for the retired membership.
Retired Fellow
Eligibility: Current Fellow of ACHCA in good standing for a continuous 5+ years, who has retired from healthcare administration and is at least 55 years of age. Download or apply online for the retired fellow membership.


Becoming an ACHCA member demonstrates the value you place on your professional development + intentional networking.  Membership in ACHCA provides a wealth of education, networking, and resources to help you in your career.

Benefits of joining include:

  • Membership in a state chapter of your choice – As the “arm” of ACHCA, we encourage our members to get involved in their state chapters! The states offer ongoing education opportunities, networking events, and additional leadership opportunities. You will get out of ACHCA what you put into it, so contact your state chapter today!
  • Registration discounts at the Annual Convocation and Expo
  • Access to NAB-approved webinars  – relevant and timely topics are uploaded throughout the year (a value of over $500).  Members also receive reduced registration fees for partner continuing education programs.
  • Advance to Fellow status (FACHCA) – This membership status signifies your commitment to professional growth and your efforts to improve the profession.
  • Elevate your expertise  –  A keystone program, earn the Certified Nursing Home Administrator (CNHA) and Certified Assisted Living Administrator (CALA) credentials to uplevel your professional development at an advanced practice level.  
  • If you are entering the profession, pair with a seasoned administrator to improve your opportunities to succeed and thrive. The Mentoring Program is a premier initiative that provides education, resources, and tools to support a successful mentor/protégé partnership using an evidence-based approach.
  • Collaborate and connect with other ACHCA members in the online community – Share resources and post or read news updates/announcements in the members-only forum. Meet members with the online member directory.  Please note: We protect the privacy of all our members and do not sell our membership lists to third-party vendors.
  • Access to digital news digests and district e-publications.
  • Explore exclusive career resources in the CareerLink.  Search for industry relevant opportunities by title, salary, or state.  Prepare for your next career opportunity in the career planning portal.  
  • Discounted rate for the global Montessori certification, CMDCP Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional (*discount applies to the application and the online six-hour seminar). The certification is sponsored by the International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (ICCDP).

Read how quality outcomes are linked to professional association membership and participation [created, 2015].

*Download an application if you wish to pay for membership by check payment.