Certified (CAE)

Certified Association Executive Resources

Interested in enhancing your knowledge, improving your advancement opportunities, and/or elevating your status in your current position? If so, then you need to have the letters “CAE” after your name. CAE, the Certified Association Executive, is the professional designation for the association management profession.  Washington State currently has 36 professionals who have the CAE credentials.  Worldwide there are  more than 4,200.

The next CAE examination will be administered on December 1, 2017. The deadline to apply to take the December exam is September 22, 2017. If we have three or more from Washington State eligible to take the exam, WSAE will coordinate a location to host.

For more details about the CAE exam, visit asaecenter.org/cae.

Curious about the CAE? Learn the answers to the most frequent questions regarding the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. View a 10 minute webinar overview by Lori Furtado, CAE, Senior Director, Credentialing - ASAE: The Center For Association Leadership.

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. Click on the below links to obtain answers to some of the most common CAE questions….

CAE Study Groups

If you are interested in helping organize or joining a future CAE study group, please contact the WSAE Office at info@wsaenet.org.

WSAE - A CAE Approved Provider

WSAE is a CAE Approved Provider that offers programming that is eligible for CAE credit. When selecting a CAE eligible course from a CAE Approved Provider, you can have confidence that the course will be recognized for CAE credit as advertised. ASA Webinars, Annual Convention and our monthly Executives Seminars are designed to support essential management compentencies to keep our seasoned executives sharp, as well as provide new execs the breadth of information needed to advance.

CAE Approved Providers are formally registered with the CAE program and are committed to providing education that meets the CAE Commission’s standards for helping individuals earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive Credential. CAE Approved Providers have received guidance on such standards, and have pledged to properly represent course eligibility for CAE credit.


Nine Domains

The CAE Commission has identified 159 essential association management competencies organized, which they have organized into nine knowledge domains. 

View the Certified Association Executive Exam Content Outline

The exam content outline will be used through the December 6,  2019 CAE exam.

  1. Strategic Management
  2. Governance & Structure
  3. Membership Development
  4. Programs, Products & Services
  5. Leadership
  6. Administration
  7. Knowledge Management & Research
  8. Public Policy, Government Relations, and Coalition Building
  9. Marketing, Public Relations, & Communications