Certified Association Executives - Information & Resources

NYSAE Services for CAEs and CAE Candidates

  • Earn CAE credits from NYSAE programs for CAE certification and recertification; NYSAE is an Approved CAE Provider
  • Your CAE Questions Answered, webinar, June 23, 2020
  • New: Member Benefit: CAE Mentor . Members who are CAE candidates or are considering earning the CAE credential can request a CAE Mentor.  They will then be matched with a NYSAE member who earned the CAE within the past five years, with whom they can discuss the CAE journey and gain valuable insights from the CAE Mentor's own experience and knowledge. The CAE Mentor will provide one or two contacts with the candidate by phone, email or in person, or more contacts if both are interested and able to do so.  To request a CAE Mentor, click here. For questions contact us at info@nysaenet.org       
  • NYSAE hosted a session of the 3-day ASAE CAE Kickoff in 2020


About the CAE

What is the CAE?  Why should I pursue it?
The Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation is intended 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 reflects what it takes to manage an association in today's challenging climate. The CAE program was accredited in 2010 and reaccredited in 2020. As of June 2020 there are more than 4,400 CAEs, with 250 to 300 professionals earning the CAE each year.

Becoming a CAE shows your commitment to the association profession, lifelong learning and a pursuit of knowledge in the profession. Among association leaders, the CAE designation has become known and appreciated as a mark of distinction.  Individuals pursue the CAE for reasons that include professional development, career planning and professional pride, dedication to their career, a personal belief in the association profession, and self-fulfillment. More information.    CAE FAQs .


Eligibility Requirements 

To take the CAE exam you must meet work experience, bachelor’s degree, and professional development criteria (100 hours of association professional development in the previous five years), commit to uphold the ASAE Standards of Conduct, and pay an exam fee.  More information.


Preparation and Planning          

CAE candidates may choose to join an in person or virtual study group, study course, do self study or a combination.   Exam content outline.   CAE Core Resources.    


The Exam

The CAE exam, offered every May and December,  is four hours long and has 200 multiple-choice questions. As of Spring 2020 it is administered as a computer-based test conducted at Scantron testing centers throughout the U.S. and internationally.  Exam information and dates.    CAE Exam FAQs .  



CAEs can renew their certification by earning 40 hours of approved CAE credits every three years. More information.   

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