American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

Certified Association Executive (CAE)


Credential: Certified Association Executive (CAE)  NCCA resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification provides candidates with professional experiences in leadership roles or staff related roles, to take on further responsibilities of managing a non-profit organization or association. A CAE has a wide range of knowledge essential to managing an association. CAE candidates must meet academic, experience, and professional development requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Association Executive (CAE)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Education: Bachelors
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

1575 I Street NW
Washington, DC  20005-1168

Phone: (888) 950-2723

Fax: (202) 371-8315
Email: education@asaenet.org

Candidate must have five years of experience as an employee at the staff level or one year employed as a chief staff executive or C-suite-level at a qualifying organization. 

NOTE: In lieu of employment at a qualifying organization, candidate may have 10 years of paid service as an employee, independent contractor, or consultant with demonstrated professional involvement within the association community by providing services as defined by the CAE exam content outline or five years of service if most of the work experiences are in a qualifying organization.

Candidate must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree or higher, or in lieu of a degree, candidate must have eight additional years of professional work experience.

NOTE: Work experience can be substituted for a degree on a calculated basis. Each year of completed undergraduate studies may be substituted for two years of professional work experience. Internship experience and service as a volunteer is not applicable toward the employment experience requirements.

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must have no felony convictions related to the practice of association management.
  • Candidate must have completed 100 hours of broad-based qualifying professional development within the last five years preceding the application submission.

Written Exam

  • Strategic  Management (16-18%)
    • General Management
    • Identity and Branding
    • Financial Management
    • Globalization
    • Strategic Planning and Thinking
  • Governance and Structure (10-12%)
    • Governance
    • Volunteer Leadership Development
    • Affiliate/Chapter Relations
  • Membership Development (7-9%)
    • Member Engagement
    • Membership Recruitment and Retention
    • Ethics Program
    • Standard-Setting Programs
  • Programs, Products, and Services (9-11%)
    • Development of Programs, Products, and Services
    • Fundraising, Sponsorships, and Development Programs
    • Meetings and Events
    • Certification, Accreditation, and Licensure
    • Affinity Programs
    • Professional Development Programs and Delivery Systems
  • Leadership (16-18%)
    • General Leadership
    • Ethics
    • Diversity
    • Interpersonal Skills and Group Facilitation
    • Negotiating
  • Administration (15-17%)
    • Human Resources
    • Technology
    • Legal and Risk Management
    • Facilities Management
    • Vendor/Supplier Management
    • Business Planning
  • Knowledge Management & Research (2-4%)
    • Knowledge Management
    • Research, Evaluation, and Statistics
  • Public Policy, Government Relations, and Coalition Building (7-9%)
    • Public Policy
    • Government Relations
    • Coalition Building
  • Marketing, Public Relations, and Communications (6-8%)
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations Programs
    • Publications, Media & Messages

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Association Executive (CAE) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Association Executive (CAE)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CAE certification must be renewed every three years. CAE certification holders must have completed a minimum of 40 credits of association management related professional development, or a minimum of 30 credits of association management development plus 10 credits of qualifying leadership, authorship, and teaching activities contributing to the profession. Of the 40 credits required, one credit must be focused on ethics.

    CAE certification holders must also pay a renewal fee and adhere to the ASAE Standard of Conduct.

    Additional information on CAE recertification can be found on the ASAE website.

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