Future of the Profession

A forward-looking initiative to design a stronger, healthier, and more sustainable campus housing profession.


The Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification allows professionals to demonstrate ongoing learning, competencies, and knowledge in various student affairs fields. Along with a core credential in student affairs work, programs are available in six specific functional areas, including campus housing and residential life.

ACUHO-I is a founding member of the Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification and is responsible for the Certified Student Affairs Educator-Campus Housing and Residential Life credential. This program is designed exclusively for campus housing and residential life specialists who are mid-level and above, as well as student affairs educators looking to transition into campus housing and residential life specialist and senior-level roles.

Developed by ACUHO-I subject matter experts and built upon the foundation of the core student affairs educator certification, it is a specialty credential for demonstrating continuous learning, competency, and knowledge, which are essential to success in campus housing and residential life work. These domains include:

  • Foundations of the Profession
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Crisis and Risk Management
  • Financial and Facility Management
  • Leadership
  • Social Justice and Inclusion
  • Talent Management
  • Student Learning, Development, and Success

Take advantage of this opportunity to pursue lifelong learning and professional advancement.

Chart Your Course

Make your plans now to start the certification process and take your career to the next level. Enrollment opens each quarter and the certification exam is offered four times a year as well.

The winter cycle begins on January 1

  • Application Deadline: Feb. 16

  • Exam Deadline: March 31

The spring cycle begins on April 1

  • Application Deadline: May 17

  • Exam Deadline: June 30

The summer cycle begins on July 1

  • Application Deadline: Aug. 16

  • Exam Deadline: Sept. 30

The fall cycle begins on October 1

  • Application Deadline: Nov. 15

  • Exam Deadline: Dec. 31

Once you have achieved your initial certification, ACUHO-I and the other participating associations provide year-round events and programs that qualify for continuing education credits. Watch this page for continually updated information about eligible opportunities.

Whether it is through a webinar, an institute, or a conference session with ACUHO-I, the learning never stops.

Shape the future of campus housing. Discover the benefits of ACUHO-I membership.

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