Certified (CAE)

Certified Association Executive Resources

CAE, the Certified Association Executive, is the professional designation for the association management profession. Washington State currently has 37 professionals who have the CAE credentials. Worldwide there are more than 4,200.


Next Exam Dates:
Friday, May 3, 2019 exam/ The application deadline is Friday, February 22, 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019 exam / The application deadline is Friday, September 27, 2019 

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  

Nine Domains

  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

Curious about the CAE? Learn the answers to the most frequent questions regarding the 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:

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.