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.

NEW - do you need to check your CAE credits earned with GSAE or add a recent class? Log in to your profile to see your qualifying credits since 2014. More instructions here.

2019 CAE Commission Update, article from Chair, Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, CPF

CAE Study Group and Guide Information

The next formal GSAE CAE Study Group will begin meeting July, 2019.
Register now! $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 - Julia Boyd, CAE 
Domain 6 - Administration & Law Review - Damian Kavanagh, Ed.S., CAE

In Person - Kick off before luncheon
9:30 am - 11:30 am (lunch)

Wednesday, July 10
GSAE Luncheon

Session II
Domain 2 - Governance & Structure - Sarah Berke, CAE

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, July 19

Session III 
Domain 3 - Membership Development - Mike Pennington, CAE, QBO

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, July 26

Session IV
Domain 4 - Programs, Products & Services - Jacob Wilder, CAE

ZOOM - 9:30 am - 11:30 am 

Friday, August 2

Session V
Domain 7 - Knowledge Management & Research - Jennie Nesspor, CAE

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, August 16 (skipping 08/09 for ASAE Annual)

Session VI
Domain 5 - Leadership - Mary J. Wheatley, CAE, IOM

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, August 23

Session VII
Domain 9 - Marketing, Public Relations & Communications - Val Smith, CAE

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, August 30

Session VIII - NEW
Domain 8 - Public Policy, Government Relations & Coalition Building - Erin Hall, CAE

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Friday, September 20

Session IX
Review Session with financial overview
John Harrison, CAE, CMP and Matt Gunning, CPA

9:30 - 11:00 am

Friday, September 27

Mock Exam

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

Friday, November 1
In person - Georgia Association of Water Professionals - RSVP here. 

CAE Exam

Meeting Expectations – Piedmont Center Conference Room
3525 Piedmont Road
Building Five, Suite 100, Conference Room A
Atlanta, GA 30305

Friday, December 6, 2019-proctors, Kelly McLendon, CAE and Teresa Tatum, CAE


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
*Includes official CAE Practice Exam!

some of our favorite things

Societies in the Southeast

the nonprofit center

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.

more helpful resources

  • Michigan Society of Association Executives has a great set of resources available for members of the state, local and regional groups. The member rate is available for books, the CAE Resource Kit, as well as the CAE Key Concepts and Terminology Flashcards. 

  • Download the MSAE brochure for online and in person CAE programs ($100 savings for GSAE members, but you have to tell them you are ours)

  • CAE Domain Outline - Figure out what you know and what you don't know

  • CAE Exam Advice - Helpful tips from a seasoned CEO

  • The Nonprofit Center - Bob Harris, CAE

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 wendy "@" 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.