Fellowship Program - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the requirements for admission?

When should applications be submitted?
If a candidate meets the eligibility criteria, will he/she be automatically accepted?
How long is the program?
How is the program structured?
What are the costs associated with achieving the designation?


What are the requirements for admission?

Please find the admission requirements below:

  • applicants must be a College member, in good standing;
  • hold the Certified Health Executive designation for at least 2 years;
  • submit an application for admission to the program including evidence of strong leadership in health services;
  • have at least five years of experience in the Canadian system or be able to fulfill this before completion of the program; and
  • provide copies of certificates and/or degrees granted, if not already on file.


When should applications be submitted?

Applications may be submitted year-round. Contact Josée Lariviere, Executive Assistant & Membership Manager at jlariviere@cchl-ccls.ca for additional information.


If a candidate meets the eligibility criteria, will he/she be automatically accepted?

Not necessarily. Candidates will get feedback on their applications and be notified of the decision within approximately 4-6 weeks after the submission of their completed application. If, for any reason, someone is not accepted into the program, they will receive feedback from the Fellows Council and be encouraged to re-apply at a later date.


How long is the program?

The Fellowship designation can be earned within two years. The program timeline varies for each candidate; depending on the time the candidate is able to commit to his/her leadership project. If a candidate is planning to graduate in the spring of a specific year, his/her first draft paper should be submitted no later than September 15 of the previous year; this will allow the reviewers and the Fellows Council enough time for the review process and for the candidate to make any necessary changes. The candidate will need to submit his/her final paper no later than December 15 if he/she is planning to graduate in the spring of the following year.


How is the program structured?

The program starts with an application phase, in which the candidate has a LEADS 360 assessment using the LEADS in a Caring Environment framework and completes the application components. After a candidate is accepted into the program, an advisor and second reviewer (the reviewers) will be assigned. The advisor will be available for consultation throughout the program.

The first step will be to write a draft leadership project proposal which is reviewed by the advisor and the second reviewer and then forwarded to Fellows Council for consideration. Once it is approved by the Fellows Council, the candidate can then write his/her draft leadership project. The draft leadership project is reviewed by the advisor and second reviewer, and finally by the Fellows Council.

Once the leadership project is completed and approved, the candidate will have an oral review teleconference with the Fellows Council, and then move on to convocation.


What are the costs associated with achieving the designation?

The program costs are $1,695 including HST. If an application is rejected, a refund will be issued less an administration fee ($156.51 including HST). Once the program has started, no refund will be issued should a candidate decide to withdraw, except in very extraordinary circumstances. Should a candidate decide to withdraw after the LEADS 360 assessment ($174.72 including HST) and the coaching session ($420.00 including HST) has taken place, an additional administration fee of $594.72 (including HST) will apply.

Note: Fees are subject to change. Please contact Josée Larivière, Executive Assistant and Membership Manager at jlariviere@cchl-ccls.ca to confirm current rates.