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Building New Skills: Certified Association Executive (CAE) Designation

The Certified Association Executive (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. *GSAE uses ASAE's CAE Study Guide in our review sessions.

CAE Study Group and Guide Information

The next formal GSAE CAE Study Group will  begin meeting May, 2017.

$89 - GSAE or other SAE members.

Each session is eligible for CAE hours based on instruction time.


Unless otherwise noted, sessions will be held at GAWP:

Georgia Association of Water Professionals

1655 Enterprise Way
Marietta, GA 30067 

Kick-off Meeting

 4:30-6:00 pm at

Society of Biblical Literature 

May 4, 2017


Session I

Domain 1



Domain 6

9:30 am - 12 pm (with snacks)

Strategic Management with special finance section


Administration & Law Review


Sharon Shuford, CAE, CTC CITE, LEED GA

Tangela Monroe, CAE

June 15, 2017


Session II

Domain 2

Domain 5 

9:30 am - 12 pm (with snacks)

Governance & Structure



Amy Kane, CAE

Julie Anderson, CAE

June 29, 2017


Session III

Domain 3


Domain 4

Domain 7

9:30 am - 1:30 pm (with lunch)

Membership Development


Programs, Products & Services

Knowledge Management & Research


Mike Pennington, CAE

Jan Price,CEAP, CAE

Damian Kavanagh, Ed.S, CAE

July 13, 2017


Session IV

Domain 8


Domain 9 

9:30 am - 12 pm (with snacks)

Public Policy, Government Relations & Coalition Building

Marketing, Public Relations & Communications


Jennie Nesspor, CAE


Janell Martin, CAE

August 3, 2017


Session V Review Session John Harrison, CAE, CMP October 2017
Mock Exam

Mock CAE exam, 10 am-1 pm (with lunch); PDF and scan tron provided onsite.  


November 2, 2017

Meeting Expectations


1st Friday of December, 2017

1st Friday of May, 2018


December 1, 2017

Meeting Expectations


Need a class sooner than summer? Check out our colleagues at MSAE - they offer a variety of online and in person opportunities and a discounted rate for GSAE members.


 ASAE's CAE Study Guide, 2015 Edition, Kathleen M. Edwards, CAE, Executive Editor

Member and Nonmember Price: $100

Order now!  Includes official CAE Practice Exam!

“CAE” is a registered trademark of the American Society of Association Executives and the Certified Association Executive Commission. The Study Guide is independent of the CAE certification program. No specific preparatory program is endorsed by the CAE Commission. The CAE Commission and CAE staff are solely responsible for the policies and administration of the CAE program. To learn more about CAE certification contact Credentialing at caedept "at" or (202) 626-2759.

Please contact our office at (404) 577-7850 or e-mail our president, Wendy Kavanagh, CAE, at wendy "at" if you are interested in joining a future study group.


Application for the CAE Exam*

Eligibility to sit


Recertification due the third October 31 after original certification*

To maintain the certification, you must accumulate 40 CAE credit hours, submit a qualifying completed Certification Renewal Form, and pay certification renewal fees. CAE credit hours for certification renewal may be accumulated in a wide variety of ways, and executives involved in the profession should have little difficulty maintaining the certification. Qualifying activities for renewal credit include continuing education programs as outlined for CAE applicants and up to 10 CAE credit hours from leadership, instruction and writing activities.


* All information courtesy of ASAE (also available at


Approved Provider Update

The Georgia Society of Association Executives is a CAE Approved Provider.  Where noted,  the programs we offer meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential.  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:  GSAE 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.


Helpful Resources
ASAE Assistance and Info

     For more information on the CAE designation, contact ASAE staff directly: caedept "at" or visit  ASAE's website.





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