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 - CAE Exam location information and testing options have changed for June 8 - July 6, 2020 (new dates). Please see ASAE's website for more info.  Candidates have the option of:

  • testing at a Scantron centerExtra precautions are being taken in accordance with CDC guidelines to maintain a clean and safe environment for testing. 
  • testing from home with live online proctoring (LOP), a first-time option for the CAE exam due to the difficult situation with COVID-19. 
  • moving their application to the December 2020 exam.

NEW - Renewal changes for those due Dec 31, 2020

  • The renewal deadline has been extended from December 31, 2020 to March 31, 2021. 
  • The cap on self-study has been lifted. All forty credits needed for renewal may be taken through any amount of live and/or approved self-study courses.
  • The early renewal discount will be extended to completed renewals submitted through March 31, 2021. The discounted renewal fee is $275 for ASAE members and $425 for nonmembers.
  • Forty credits will be required for renewal including one credit of ethics-focused education.
  • Up to 10 credits from association management leadership, instruction, or writing activities may still be applied to the application.
  • These additional options apply only for this renewal cycle for those originally due to renew by December 2020.

NEW - Released CAE exam outline beginning December 2020 - new domains, new material. Highlighted additions version.

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 past Chair, Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, CPF

CAE Study Group and Guide Information

The next formal GSAE CAE Study Group will begin meeting summer 2020.
Register now! $89 - GSAE members
Each session is eligible for CAE hours based on instruction time.

likely 2020 agenda below for reference

Sessions and Domains

Times

Date and Location

Session I
Domain 1- Strategic Management 

ZOOM - prior to virtual luncheon
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday, July 15
ZOOM

Session II
Domain 2 - Governance & Structure

ZOOM
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, July 24
ZOOM

Session III 
Domain 3 - Membership Development

ZOOM
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, July 31
ZOOM

Session IV
Domain 4 - Programs, Products & Services 

ZOOM - 9:30 am - 10:30 am 

Friday, August 7
ZOOM

Session V
Domain 7 - Knowledge Management & Research 

ZOOM
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, August 14
ZOOM

Session VI
Domain 5 - Leadership

ZOOM
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, August 21
ZOOM (skipping Aug. 28 for GSAE Annual)

Session VII
Domain 9 - Marketing, Public Relations & Communications

ZOOM
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, September 4
ZOOM

Session VIII 
Domain 8 - Public Policy, Government Relations & Coalition Building

ZOOM
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, September 11
ZOOM

TBD
Domain 6 - Administration & Law Review 

   

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

ZOOM 
9:30 - 11:00 am

To Be Determined
ZOOM

Mock Exam

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

Friday, November 6
In person - TBD

CAE Exam

New info - The CAE exam is offered in a two-week window in December. See above for the spring exam information.
The test is administered at scheduled test sites throughout the U.S. and internationally at Scantron testing centers. 

New Dates - June 8-July 6, 2020 exam
December 2020 exam - The application deadline is Friday, September 25, 2020

 Register now for the 2020 GSAE CAE Study Group - $89 - GSAE members

Need a class sooner than this 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" asaecenter.org or (202) 626-2759.

Please contact our office at (404) 577-7850 or e-mail our president, Wendy Kavanagh, CAE, at wendy "@" gsae.org 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 www.asaecenter.org/programs/cae-certification.)


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.