How to get certified?

The First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) is committed to excellence in expanding health management capacity for First Nations organizations. We are responsible for providing training, certification, and professional development opportunities in health management in Canada as a national, professional association exclusively serving the needs of individuals working for or aspiring to positions with First Nations organizations.

FNHMA provides leadership in health management activities by developing and promoting quality standards, practices, research, certification, and professional development to expand capacity for members and First Nations organizations. Members can assist organizations to maximize their use of resources, strengthen decision-making, and deliver quality programs. FNHMA and its members’ success contribute to strengthening the health management capabilities of First Nations organizations in Canada.

The FNHMA prepares individuals to work with new knowledge and skills, and assists its members and their organizations to set strategic goals, successfully implement business plans, and deliver quality health service programs.

The FNHMA promotes and contributes to the advancement of First Nations health management and provides opportunities to share knowledge. The FNHMA offers a certification program leading to the Certified First Nations Health Manager (CFNHM) professional designation. CFNHM is the credential that builds health management capacity for communities. Health managers from across Canada can take advantage of the professional program leading to certification and the CFNHM professional designation. By doing so, they can increase their knowledge of health management and achieve their peak professional growth.

The CFNHM professional designation is supported by the following standards:

Members of FNHMA will benefit from various programs and services in place and in development:

  • CFNHM Certification
  • Standards of Ethical Conduct
  • Standards for Professional Competencies and Professional Development Programs
  • Annual Conference and Exhibition
  • First Nations Health Management News (focusing on practices and issues)
  • Provincial/Regional Networks
  • Research, Information and Networking (enhanced communications with technology)
  • Career Support Services
  • Members Directory


Download a copy of the Information Guide for the First Nations Health Managers Association and the Certified First Nations Health Manager Designation here!


Download a copy of the FNHMA Competency Framework here!