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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.

 

Adjustments to 2020 CAE Renewals Due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation or postponement of many educational events, the CAE Commission is offering additional temporary options to assist those due to renew their CAE credential in 2020:

  • The renewal deadline has been extended from December 31, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
  • The cap on self-study has been lifted. All 40 credits needed for renewal may be taken through any amount of live and/or approved self-study courses.
  • The early-renewal discount will be extended to completed renewals submitted through March 31, 2021. The discounted renewal fee is $275 for ASAE members and $425 for nonmembers.


These additional options apply only to the renewal cycle for those originally due to renew by December 2020.
 
For more information, click here.

 

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
Here are some other helpful resources on your CAE journey:

CAE Online Prep Course

Associations North has partnered with the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) to offer CAE prep courses. These courses will help you prepare through online learning, CAE Study Guides, reading outlines, mock exams, and more. Associations North members receive the SAE Member rate. 

Find out more about these CAE prep courses here, or download the brochure.

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