Certified Association Executive (CAE) Certification

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and identify association professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of association management. Founded in 1960, the CAE Program stands as a mark of excellence and has evolved to reflect what it takes to manage an association in today's challenging climate.

Who is it for?

The CAE Program is geared towards association management practitioners, who have a vested interest in advancing their profession and the industry.

What are the benefits?

Earning the CAE credential is the hallmark of a committed association professional. It helps drive professional self-confidence, opens doors, creates connections, and offers widespread value and recognition.

How can I obtain the CAE? 

Earning and maintaining the CAE is a three-part process:

  1.  Meet work experience, bachelor’s degree, and professional development criteria, as well as commit to upholding the ASAE Standards of Conduct and pay an application fee ($500 for ASAE members; $750 for nonmembers).  Full eligibility requirements here.
  2.  Pass the CAE exam
  3.  Once a candidate has earned the credential, they must maintain it by fulfilling certification renewal requirements every three years.

What resources are available?

AENC's CAE Study Group: AENC members planning to take the next CAE exam gather together to learn from current CAE members.  It is a great way to ask questions, find study partners and earn CAE hours. Interested? Email [email protected], if you are interested in joining the next group.

CAE Study Guide Book: This new edition covers all the primary areas of association and nonprofit management. One of five core resources for those preparing for the CAE Exam, the ASAE Handbook of Professional Practices in Association Management is considered a cornerstone publication of the body of knowledge of association management.

Order CAE Study Guide  |  Other Study Resources provided by ASAE.

CAE Online Prep Course Materials and Virtual Study Group in partnership with MSAE

Course Brochure

AENC members may register at the MSAE rate for the  MSAE’s CAE Online Prep Course

If you have questions, contact Donavan Snow, MSAE (517) 332-6723 or [email protected]

CAE Exam Dates
CAE Recertification