ASAE’s CAE Program Requirements Are Changing

February 19, 2019

ASAE today announced two changes to its Certified Association Executive (CAE) Program. The biggest takeaway is that the experience requirement for candidates employed as an association CEO or another C-suite-level position has been reduced to one year.

Additionally, the CAE Commission has adopted a one-credit ethics requirement to be included as part of the 40 credits required for each CAE renewal cycle. This will begin with certificates set to renew in 2010.

“The CAE Commission recognizes that executives come to the association world through many paths, often gaining valuable experience outside of our industry," said Lowell Aplebaum, chair of the CAE Commission. "Thus, the CAE Program should acknowledge these transferable skills and experience, while also continuing to shine a light on the ethical responsibilities association professionals of all levels are charged to uphold.”

Both changes come from an increased commitment from the CAE Commission to eliminate unnecessary barriers to participation in the CAE Program. Founded in 1960, the program is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate association executives who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of association management.

Last week, 160 association executives received their CAE, joining more than 4,300 industry leaders worldwide who hold the credential. The winter 2019 class completed their CAE examination on Dec. 7, 2018, and will be honored alongside the summer class of CAEs during the 2019 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 10-13.

Learn more about the CAE certification process and view upcoming exam dates and application deadlines here.


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