How to Become a CAE

CAE Career Enrichment Program

CAE At a Glance
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. The CAE program was accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies in 2010.
Benefits of Becoming a CAE
  • Self-confidence. Seventy percent of CAE test takers report enhancing knowledge, improving advancement opportunities, and evaluating their status as their motivation.
  • Value and recognition particularly among board leaders, members, and those involved in hiring nonprofit professionals.
  • Creates connections through a range of increased volunteer leader­ship opportunities through New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE), other state organizations, and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
Candidates are required to have been employed full-time for three years as a chief staff execu­tive OR five years as an executive association manager. Candidates must also have completed 100 hours of broad-based, association management-related continuing education or professional development within the last five years. This education must be directly related to nonprofit man­agement. It should not be industry-specific, or required for candidate’s particular position within their organization.
More Information and Exam Preparation
More Information about the CAE program can be found at ASAE’s Site
Exam preparation is available through the NYSAE and Michigan Society of Association Executives Program