Advancement to Fellow and Board of Governor’s Exam

Your decision to seek advancement to Fellow is the next step in your leadership journey and your career development. Let the CAHL Member Advancement Committee help you in that journey.

Our CAHL chapter and Member Advancement Committee launched the first virtual FACHE Board of Governors (BOG) exam review and preparation webinar series in October 2020. This series consists of 5 five sessions that cover the exam’s 10 Knowledge areas utilizing voice-over power points and presentations with an emphasis on test taking techniques for success.

On this website you will have access to the Healthcare Knowledge Area review program and study questions associated with that topic. You will also have access to the 2021 schedule of virtual review sessions. Once you register for either the March 2021 or October 2021 series, you will be sent study materials and reminders to support your preparation for the BOG exam.


Michael Dacoco

What a fantastic program. I was able to spend the day with peers and experts in their fields who have taken the Board of Governor’s Exam. They were able to teach me something new and rethink some topics that I had previously studied. I also learned about the structure of the Exam, how to strategize my approach, and what to expect when taking the Exam.

The bonus to the day was creating new friendships and relationships with my healthcare colleagues. I would highly recommend participating in the Board of Governor’s Exam Study Group. It’s worth the time and effort!!

Darielle Ehrheart. MBA, FACHE

Director of Ambulatory Operations, Stanford Children's Hospital

I believe that achieving my status as Fellow in 2019 added value to me professionally and personally. The abundance of available resources, which are within your reach, allow me to continuously enhance my leadership skills and develop me to be an effective leader. As health care continues to become more complex and challenging each day, becoming an ACHE Board Certified Fellow lets me stay current with the industry and offers me the ability to effectively respond to these challenges. Being a Fellow signifies my expertise to the various body of knowledge in health care management that will help me advance my future healthcare career endeavors.

Michael P. Dacoco, CLSSBB, DHA, FACHE

Director Of Laboratory Services , San Ramon Regional Medical Center

When I began preparing for the Board of Governors exam in 2020, knowing I would be eligible to take the exam in early 2021, I was very nervous as I had not taken an exam like this for many years.  When CAHL offered the online BOG review course in the fall of 2020, consisting of 5 Saturday classes, I very eagerly signed up. 

The material presented in the class was so helpful in providing a guideline of what to focus on, and the tips provided by the course organizers and guests were so reassuring.  When studying in the weeks leading up to my exam, I reviewed the course materials and found that the presentations that were given in each class, in addition to the flashcards that I purchased online were the best study materials for me.  When I was taking the exam, the tips that were shared in the review course kept going through my head – breathe, read each question and answer thoroughly, and pay attention to all the words.  I am so thankful for the prep course and know that I was successful in passing my exam due to it.  Thank you CAHL!

Jennifer Paoli, MBA, FACHE

Director of Business Operations , UC Davis Medical Center