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Certified Association Executive (CAE) Program

Ready to achieve a new level of professional growth and recognition?
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. Founded in 1960, the CAE program stands as a mark of excellence and has evolved to reflect what it takes to manage an association in today's challenging climate. For more info, including eligibility requirements, deadlines and the application materials, please visit:


MSAE Study Group

AzSAE is partnering with Michigan Society of Association Executives to help you earn your CAE designation. The three CAE prep courses offered have the highest pass rates in the nation. Full and Concentrated Prep Courses are virtual and feature application assistance, discussion groups, practice exams, mentoring and recorded calls. For those who need an extra boost right before the exam, there are two in-person CRAM sessions in Chicago and Baltimore. Indicate you're a member of AzSAE to receive the SAE member rate. Click here to view the brochure or learn more on the MSAE website:

AzSAE CAE Library
Did you know AzSAE also maintains a CAE resource library of books and materials on a variety of association topics for member use?  For more information contact our office at (480) 946-0119 or

ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation
ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is approved for the following certificates for CAE continuing education:

1.     Nonprofit Management Certificate
2.     Principles of Grant Development and Proposal Writing Certificate
3.     Advanced Grant Development and Proposal Writing Certificate
4.     Delivery of Exemplary Service Certificate
5.     Executive Leadership Certificate


Who is it for?
The CAE Program is geared towards association management practitioners, who have a vested interest in advancing their profession and the industry and have five years of experience working at the staff level at a qualifying organization.  For a complete listing of qualifications visit

What are the benefits?
Earning the CAE credential is the hallmark of a committed association professional. It helps drive professional self-confidence, opens doors, creates connections, and offers widespread value and recognition for certificants.

How can I obtain the CAE?
Earning and maintaining the CAE is a three-part process. Candidates must first meet eligibility requirements and submit an application. The next step is to sit for and pass the CAE exam. Once a candidate has earned the credential they must maintain it by fulfilling certification renewal requirements every three years.

What is the cost?
The application fee is $500 for ASAE members and $700 for nonmembers.  The fee must be submitted with the application. If you do not sit for the exam within the next 2 test dates after your application has been accepted, your application will expire and all fees forfeit.  Once your application expires, you would need to reapply in order to sit for the exam. The CAE examination is offered twice annually -- on the first Friday in May and the first Friday in December.  A list of study resources is available at

AzSAE is a CAE Approved Provider. The program(s) offered 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. For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program

Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program.  Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific timeframe 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.


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