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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 August, 2018.
$79 - GSAE members.
Each session is eligible for CAE hours based on instruction time.

Sessions and Domains



Date and Location

Session I

Domain 1- Strategic Management 

Domain 6 - Administration & Law Review

In Person - Georgia Association of Water Professionals

9:30 am - 12 pm (lunch)

Domain 1 - Julia Boyd, CAE

Domain 6 - Damian Kavanagh, Ed.S., CAE

Monday, August 13, 2018 - confirmed

Georgia Association of Water Professionals
1655 Enterprise Way
Marietta, GA 30067

Phone: (770) 618-8690

Session II

Domain 2 - Governance & Structure

Domain 5 - Leadership


9:30 am - 11:30 pm

Domain 2 - Kelly McLendon, CAE

Domain 5 - Ashley Goodin, CAE

Monday, August 27, 2018- confirmed



Domain 3 - Membership Development

Domain 4 - Programs, Products & Services

Domain 7 - Knowledge Management & Research


11:00 am - 1:15 pm 

Domain 3 - Mike Pennington, CAE

Domain 4 - Todd Hawkins, CAE

Domain 7 - Jennie Nesspor, CAE and Wendy Kavanagh, CAE

Monday, October 15, Time TO BE SCHEDULED


Session IV

Domain 8 - Public Policy, Government Relations & Coalition Building

Domain 9 - Marketing, Public Relations & Communications

In Person

9:30 am - 11:30 am 

Domain 8 - Erin Hall, CAE

Domain 9 - Val Smith, CAE

Omni Atlanta Hotel at The Battery

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Prior to Luncheon - confirmed

Session V

Review Session with financial overview

In Person - Georgia Association of Water Professionals

9:30 - 11:30 am

John Harrison, CAE, CMP

Matthew Gunning, CPA

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - confirmed

Georgia Association of Water Professionals
1655 Enterprise Way
Marietta, GA 30067

Phone: (770) 618-8690

Mock Exam

10:00 am-1:00 pm (with lunch); PDF and scan tron provided onsite.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Requested - Meeting Expectations


Friday, December 7, 2018
Friday May 3, 2019

Likely location:

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. Brochure with all the details.

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

Member and Nonmember Price: $82

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*Includes official CAE Practice Exam!

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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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asae assistance and info

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

    “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.