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.

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Easily one of our favorite folks on association management issues, Bob Harris, CAE, has 20 years experience with associations. His seminars are interactive, focused on core-knowledge and member needs. He utilizes case studies, trends and headlines board orientation, training, strategic planning, staff training and consulting. Best of all, Bob offers free templates and documents on his website so we can all benefit from his knowledge. Visit the Nonprofit Center.

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     For more information on the CAE designation, contact ASAE staff directly: by email or visit ASAE's website

    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

    Exam 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

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    *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 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.