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Healthcare Facilities: ACHA Certification Process (Virtual)

ACHA Certification

ACHA handbook

Becoming a certificant of the ACHA equates to national board certification for healthcare architects – it is a recognized and important differentiating distinction, and in fact, it is the only specialty certification recognized by the AIA. Beyond the distinction of a demonstrated level of subject matter knowledge and experience, recognized by clients as well as colleagues, becoming an ACHA certificant provides access to continuing education opportunities crafted specifically for ACHA certificants as well as a network of peers who share the same passion and the expertise for healthcare planning and design.

Please join the BSA Healthcare Facilities committee host an information session around the process of getting ACHA certified. Goals of the session are learning about the differing pathways, requirements, and major dates, presented by Rob Masters AIA of CannonDesign.

We will follow up the presentation with an informal roundtable discussion with seasoned ACHA members, newly certified, as well as applicants who are looking to be certified to talk about the process and benefits.


Rob is a healthcare principal at CannonDesign with over 25 years of experience working on hospital and laboratory environments. He is a licensed architect in New York and New Jersey, and certified by ACHA and NCARB. He is also a member of the FGI Health Guidelines Revisions Committee, where he continually collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of clinicians, designers, AHJs and healthcare industry specialists to advance the FGI Guidelines. He sits on the Steering Committee for the 2026 HGRC and is a co-chair for the Benefit Cost Committee. He’s also on the AIA AAH Codes & Standards Committee, the ACHA Career Path Committee, the ACHA Recruitment Task Force, and the Environmental Standards Council within the Center for Health Design.