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Certified Association Executive (CAE)

The CAE program is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate 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. Getting the CAE isn't simply a one time thing, but an ongoing commitment to professional growth. Professionals hold the designation pledge to continually advance their knowledge and achieve higher levels of excellence in association management. The CAE program is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate association professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of association management. CAEs must also actively advance, support, and promote association membership and the association profession as a whole.

Benefits to obtaining your CAE
  • Expanded knowledge. Gain in-depth insights into every aspect of association management.
  • National professional recognition. Peers, staff, and volunteer leaders all value the CAE designation.
  • Extensive peer-level communication. Increase networking opportunities as a result of participating in study groups and CAE events.
CAE resources

Contact ASAE to download an instruction booklet and application from their website. Here are some other helpful resources on your CAE journey:

For more information on the CAE exam, visit ASAE's website. If you are interested in a CAE study group, contact Associations North.