MemberConnection Blog

15 April 2019

All About CAE

Don’t have your CAE yet? Are you thinking about becoming a Certified Association Executive? Choosing to apply for your CAE is a big step, both for your organization and for your career. Use the tips below to help you decide.

What is the CAE Credential?

CAE stands for Certified Association Executive. The program was founded by The Center for Association Leadership (ASAE) in 1960, and over four thousand people currently hold the credential. The CAE credential is earned by association professionals who encompass the knowledge necessary to manage an association.

Who Can Become a CAE?

You’ll need to meet the following requirements to apply for the CAE.

  • Be an individual who works at a nonprofit organization (individual membership organization, philanthropic organization, professional society, trade association, tribal organization) or an association management company (AMC).
  • You’ll need either five years of experience at the staff level, or one year of experience as a CEO or C-suite executive.
    • If you don’t work for a qualifying organization, you may qualify for the CAE with ten years of paid service for the association community.
  • You must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
    • If you don’t have a Bachelor’s degree, you’ll need eight more years of work experience.
  • You’ll need to have completed one hundred hours of qualifying professional development within the five years prior to your application.

Is it Right for Me?

The CAE is a great way to showcase your in-depth knowledge of the association management world. If you’d like to invest in your own professional development, career growth, or simply your AMC industry wisdom, the CAE is a great way to go.

What’s Next?

After you’ve confirmed that you meet the CAE eligibility requirements, you’ll need to:

  • Submit an application.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Register for a CAE Exam date.
  • Take the exam.
  • Earn your CAE!

Decided that you want to apply for your CAE? Take the first step and submit your application.