The American College Health Association (ACHA) supports and recognizes the need for hiring well-qualified health promotion professionals in higher education.
In 2008 the ACHA Health Promotion Section developed the Guidelines for Hiring Health Promotion Professionals in Higher Education to encourage and support institutions of higher education in hiring the most qualified staff. The second edition of the Hiring Guidelines, released in 2014, includes language that is most closely aligned with the third edition of the Standards of Practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education and includes the following:
- Updated in-field terms (e.g., “evidence based” is now “evidence informed”)
- Essential and preferred functions organized into sample director-level and health promotion staff-level position descriptions
- Descriptions of the level of experience required for director-level and health promotion staff-level positions for greater alignment with current practice and Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) standards
- Recognition of the MCHES level of certification