Fellows of the AOCA (FAOCA)

Fellow status is earned through active participation in both the profession and the organization. A potential candidate is nominated by an existing Fellow. The nomination and nominee's CV are circulated to the Awards and Honors Committee for review and determination. 

The hooding ceremony occurs at the Annual Convention during the Conclave. At that time each recipient receives a plaque, medallion and lapel pin honoring their achievements. After the Conclave ceremony, these individuals are permitted to include the letters, F.A.O.C.A. after their degree.

 Steps, Process & Timeline   

  1. Existing Fellow nominates a potential candidate.  Nominations may be submitted by January 15th.  Candidate Packets should be sent to Awards & Honors Committee Chair care of the AOCA Office ([email protected]).

  2. What to include in the Candidate’s packet?
    1. Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae
    2. Nominating Letter from sponsoring Fellow
      1. Explain why Fellow honor should be bestowed upon the candidate.
      2. Any other information you want to share on the candidate’s background/character.
    3. Complete Points Worksheet – (hover over and click the colored link to the left) 35 points minimum for consideration.
  3. The Awards & Honors Committee will review with a recommendation to the AOCA Board of Governors.
  4. The Board of Governors will review the Awards & Honors Committee’s recommendation and have final approval. 
  5. Once approved, a congratulatory letter is forwarded to the candidate and their sponsor. This process is completed by mid-June, which allows both sponsor and nominee to make arrangements to attend the upcoming annual convention.   
  6. The hooding ceremony occurs at the Annual Convention during the Conclave. At that time each recipient receives a plaque, medallion and lapel pin honoring their achievements. After the ceremony, these individuals are permitted to include the letters, FAOCA after their degree.
  7. Tips:
    1. Very important to have a current Curriculum Vitae.
    2. Emphasis is placed on having a significant amount of points earned by serving the College.
    3. Nominating Letter should be substantive, which allows those reviewing it to get a clear and in-depth picture of the nominee.
    4. While not a requirement, other Fellow’s or general letters of support for a candidate are acceptable. It is strongly encouraged to make these a part of the original Packet/Submission.
  8. Any questions, please contact the Awards & Honors Committee Chair and/or the AOCA office.

For a complete list of the Fellows of the AOCA, click here: AOCA Fellows