Certified Association Executive

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, 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 targeted programs 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.

CAE Credit Eligibility Criteria for Approved Providers

To be eligible for CAE credit, courses must be directly related to association or nonprofit management topics as defined by the CAE Exam Content Outline.

  • Live courses (including face-to-face, audio/videoconference, and instructor-led online delivery) earn CAE credit for actual clock time of qualifying education including partial hours, up to a maximum of 8 CAE credits per day.  Example: 1½ hours of qualifying education equals 1.5 CAE credits.
  • College or university courses taken for academic credit at a U.S. accredited academic institution earn 15 hours per earned semester credit, 14 hours per earned trimester credit and 10 hours per earned quarter credit (e.g., a three-credit semester course earns 45 CAE hours).
  • Self-Study: A non-live program used for individual, self-paced study may be recognized for CAE credits if it meets all of the following criteria:
    • The program must be suitably recent, as defined by the oldest reference included in the CAE Core Resources.
    • The program must have clearly identified learning objectives linked to the CAE Exam Content Outline.
    • It must include an interactive component such as quizzes, post-tests, or other learning assessment exercises or activities by which participants apply and demonstrate comprehension of the covered content areas.
    • The program must meet recognized standards for effective self-study programs. 
    • Proof of completion (i.e. a certificate of completion) must be submitted by the applicant/certificant with the exam or renewal application. Self-study credits may only account for one-half of any applicant’s education hours. To offer CAE credits for a self-study program, the program description must be submitted for review by ASAE credentialing staff with a $195 fee per course.  Approval or denial of CAE credit for self-study programs are the sole discretion of the CAE Program, and may not be appealed. 

The following are not eligible to earn CAE credit:

  • General software/training courses.
  • Expo hall hours
  • Industry-specific programs (not general association management; courses specific to the industry/profession an association represents)
  • Networking receptions
  • Breaks between educational sessions
  • Product-specific promotional courses or training

Determination of CAE credit eligibility does not imply endorsement, accreditation, or assessment of education quality. 

Thirty Eight CAEs in Washington State

Patricia Anderson, CAE
Jacqueline Barry, CAE
Katherine L. Bohocky, CAE
Donna Cameron, CAE
Ann Morgan Campbell, CAE
Lianna S. Collinge, CAE 
Robin L. Cowper, CAE
Jeffrey B. Curwen, CAE
George Dockins, CAE
Andrew L. Estep, CAE
Elizabeth Evans, CAE
Carly Faul, CAE
Nicole Floyd, CPA, CAE
Steve Francks, CAE
Tiina Freeman, CAE
Marcia Kay Holland, CAE
Thomas Hurdelbrink, CAE
Sydney Isaac, MBA, CAE
David Kearby, CAE
Brit Kramer, CAE
Dean F. Larsen, MA, CAE
Chris Lyon, CAE
Ann G. Macfarlane, PRP, CAE
Frances C. McBryde Jr., CAE
Scott J. McKinnie, IOM, CAE
Louise S. Miller, MA, CAE
Alan Morasch, CAE
Mike Oechsner, MBA, CAE
Brenda Orffer, CAE
Blair Patrick, CAE
Andrew J. Prazuch, CAE
Peter Schrappen, CAE
Kimberly Scott, CAE
Annie Skoglund, CAE
S. Casey Voorhees, CAE
Linn J. Wheeling, CAE
Tracy L. White, CMP, PHR, CAE
Elizabeth S. Wilson, CAE