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Certified Association Executive (CAE)
|Program Length||CAE Credits|
|3 hours or half-day||3|
|6 hours of full-day||6|
Yes, Associations North is a CAE Approved Provider. Every program that we offer which qualifies for CAE credit will clearly identify the number of CAE credits granted for full participation, and we will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies.
Note: Associations North programs are not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program. Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific time frame towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.
Here is a guide to Associations North program hours:
|Meetup Groups||1-1.5 Hours|
|Associations North Webinars||1 Hour|
|Marketing & Sales Symposium||4.5 Hours|
|Meeting Planners Symposium||4.5 Hours|
|Leadership Conference||7 Hours|
If you have any questions regarding education hours from Associations North, please contact us.
The CAE application process can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete. The time required depends on your ability to track the accomplishments of your career. It is advisable to allow plenty of time to complete the application. One reason why many qualified association executives do not go for their CAE is that they wait until the last minute to complete the application form, then realize it takes a lot of work and decide to wait until next year.
The application will ask for:
The CAE application is always due (postmarked) on the first Tuesday of February for the Spring Exam and by the first Tuesday in September for the Fall Exam. Click here for exam dates.
There is a one-time application fee of $500 for ASAE members and $700 for non-ASAE members. Books cost approximately $200. (Associations North members are eligible to check out CAE materials through Associations North complimentary). Associations North also has a CAE study guide available for purchase. Associations North member cost is $100. Non-member cost is $150, click here to purchase.
To access a list of recommended references by CAE domain, contact ASAE.
The CAE exam is a knowledge-based exam consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions. Questions were written by CAEs under the direction of exam-writing experts called psychometricians. The content outline is derived from a role delineation study conducted by ASAE that forms the body of knowledge for the association management profession.
For candidate convenience and the overall security of the CAE exam, ASAE is moving to a computer-based administration beginning with the Spring 2020 exam. In making this move, the exam will be administered through Scantron, the firm that supports ASAE’s exam quality and integrity. With the move to computer-based testing, candidates will have a two-week window to take the exam at one of Scantron’s testing sites throughout the U.S. and internationally.
As we are now in a difficult period with COVID-19 and ASAE is not holding any in-person events through May 20, the Spring exam is moving from May to June 8-21, 2020 (as of 3.18.20). They will keep candidates up to date on any further changes should they be necessary. Scantron will also track and communicate any closings of its testing sites during the exam window.
Candidates will receive a notice to schedule from Scantron by early May, and they will be able to select a site and test date based on seating availability within Scantron’s network of US and international test sites.
The CAE exam will be given on Scantron’s PASS system. A PASS demo is accessible here: https://www.scantron.com/preparing-for-your-test/ for candidates’ review and practice.
The CAE Commission believes the transition to computer-based testing increases accessibility to the exam and tightens test security. Candidates will not receive results immediately after they complete the exam at a testing center as the post-exam process is not changing. After the test, the questions are analyzed statistically to identify if there are any hidden flaws. Questions that appear to be flawed are reviewed by the CAE Examination Committee to determine how that question should be scored. After these issues are resolved, the test is scored and results are finalized. With this careful process, candidates will be sent results approximately six weeks after the exam testing window closes.
The exam is administered in a single four-hour time frame.
The passing standard is a pre-determined standard of knowledge set by criterion-referenced methodology - similar to setting par in golf - using the combined judgments of the Examination Committee and resulting in a recommendation to the CAE Commission for final review. There is no curve and candidates do not compete against each other. There is no limit on the number of candidates who pass or fail the exam.
All candidates will be notified in writing of their examination results within six weeks of taking the exam. Unsuccessful candidates will receive a summary report that lists potential and actual points. Successful candidates receive notification of their passing status only. No results are reported over the telephone.
Unsuccessful candidates may file a written petition to the CAE appeals committee. Although a candidate may only take the exam once in a given year, there is no limit on the number of times candidates may take the examination.