CAE Information

Click here for more information about becoming a CAE!

We have teamed with the MSAE (Michigan Society of Association Executives) who is offering CAE Prep Classes. They are offering KSAE Members a special rate. Click here to download the brochure and dates.


What is the CAE?

For over half a century, the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation remains the symbol for excellence in every facet of association management. The 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. Those who are currently employed with an association and are looking to move into a chief staff position in the near future should consider this certification.

Benefits of Becoming a CAE

  • Self-confidence. 70% of CAE test takers report enhancing knowledge, improving advancement opportunities, and evaluating their status as their motivation.
  • Value and recognition particularly among board leaders, members, and those involved in hiring nonprofit professionals. 
  • Create connections through a range of CAE-only events and increased volunteer leadership opportunities through the MSAE and ASAE. 

Requirements to Take the Exam

Candidates are required to be employed full-time for three years as a chief staff executive OR five years as an executive-level, association manager. Candidates must also have 100-hours of broad-based, association management-related professional development within the last five years. This education must be directly related to nonprofit management. It should not be industry-specific, or required for the candidate’s particular position within their organization.