WSAE Spring Study Group

WSAE is launching an 8-week condensed fall study group for those interested in pursuing the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credentials. The program is Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., beginning March 5 through April 23, 2019.  It is completely online using Ring Central. Each week participants will connect with seasoned professionals who have achieved their CAE status to discuss one or more of the nine CAE domains in preparation for testing. Participation in this course is complimentary to WSAE members.

For more information contact Andrew Estep, CAE.

WSAE CAE Study Group Facilitators
Andrew Estep, CAE
Brit Kramer, CAE, WSAE Executive Director
Shelley Dahle, WSAE Member Services
And Guest CAEs as organized by domain

Study Group 
Dates: Tuesdays March 5, 2019 – April 23, 2019 (8 weeks)
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Ring Central – video and conference call service

CAE Exam Content Outline

CAE Domains | Schedule

March 5: Strategic Management
March 12: Governance and Structure
March 19: Programs, Products, and Services
March 26: Leadership
April 2: Administration
April 9: Membership Development; Knowledge Management & Research
April 16: Public Policy, Government Relations, and Coalition Building
April 23: Marketing, Public Relations, & Communication


  • Upcoming CAE 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
  • Exam Outline
  • ASAE Recommended Books
  1. Association Law Handbook, 5th edition
  2. ASAE Handbook of Professional Practices in Association Management, 3rd edition
  3. The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management, 4th edition
  4. How to Read Nonprofit Financial Statements, 3rd edition
  5. Membership Essentials: Recruitment, Retention, Roles, Responsibilities, and Resources, 2nd Edition

Earn CAE credits during the study course: Participants will earn one credit hour for each clock hour, up to a maximum of 20 hours per CAE application. All CAE eligible education must fit into the specified time frame to be able to be used towards either the exam application or renewal application. For candidates applying for the May 3, 2019 exam and taking this Study Group, you may claim up to 1.5 hours per session attended up until the time preceding your application submission.
During the WSAE CAE study group, participants will:

  • Enjoy 8 weeks of in-depth discussion about core competencies of association management.
  • Participate in a private online member community of CAE facilitators and candidates to engage in online discussions and share resources.
  • Learn test-taking strategies and study tips relevant to taking the CAE exam.
  • Engage in interactive learning through participant teach-back opportunities.