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Certified First Nations Health Managers Program

The 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.

This program is for you if you are working in First Nations health management or aspire to a career in this area. Many employers will encourage their employees to enroll in the Certified First Nations Health Managers Program and will assist with the cost of course tuition and annual FNHMA membership dues. Additionally, inquiries related to educational assistance can be made to Indigenous Services Canada and a number of other federal and provincial departments and agencies that promote and support educational activities.

The CFNHM professional designation is supported by the following standards:

Professional Exam 

Upon completion of all five courses, or successful submission of the PLAR Portfolio, students are required to complete a Professional Exam. The Professional Examination is based on the competency standards. Its purpose is to ensure that all candidates who receive their professional designation have the necessary knowledge required to be a certified member.

View the CFNHM Information Guide here for an outline of course learning objectives. 

Practical Work Experience Requirement 

All candidate members working towards certified membership must meet the practical work experience requirement.

The practical work experience requires the completion of two years of full time practical experience gained in a First Nations health management environment. This experience can be obtained in the private or public sectors of First Nations organizations. The two years of experience must cover at least 8 of the competency domains.

The Record of Practical Work Experience must be verified by two sponsors. Where possible, CFNHM sponsors are preferred.

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