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CAE, the Certified Association Executive, is the professional designation for the association management profession. Washington State currently has 38 professionals who have the CAE credentials. Worldwide there are more than 4,200.

Adjustments to 2020 CAE Renewals Due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation or postponement of many educational events, the CAE Commission is offering additional temporary options to assist those due to renew their CAE credential in 2020:

The renewal deadline has been extended from December 31, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
The cap on self-study has been lifted. All 40 credits needed for renewal may be taken through any amount of live and/or approved self-study courses.
The early-renewal discount will be extended to completed renewals submitted through March 31, 2021. The discounted renewal fee is $275 for ASAE members and $425 for nonmembers.

These additional options apply only to the renewal cycle for those originally due to renew by December 2020.

Forty credits will be required for renewal including one credit of ethics-focused education. Up to 10 credits from association management leadership, instruction, or writing activities may still be applied to the application. 

For cndidates eligible to sit for the Spring 2020 exam, the window for this exam has been extended to four weeks and will be held June 8 - July 6, 2020. Candidates have the option of: 

  • testing at a Scranton center. Extra precautions are being taken in accordance with CDC guidelines to maintain a clean and safe environment for testing.
  • testing from home with live online proctoring (LOP), a first-time option for the CAE exam due to the difficult situation with COVID-19.
  • moving their application to the December 2020 exam. 

The extended exam window and the LOP option have been approved for the Spring 2020 exam only. 


Thank you for your support of ASAE and the CAE Program.

For candidate convenience and the overall security of the CAE exam, we are moving to a computer-based administration beginning with the Spring exam. In making this move, the exam will be administered through Scantron, the firm that supports ASAE’s exam quality and integrity.  With the move to computer-based testing, candidates will have a two-week window to take the exam at one of Scantron’s testing sites throughout the U.S. and internationally. 

As we are now in a difficult period with COVID-19 and ASAE is not holding any in-person events through May 20, we are moving the Spring exam from May to June 8-21, 2020. We will keep candidates up to date on any further changes should they be necessary. Scantron will also track and communicate any closings of its testing sites during the exam window.

Candidates will receive a notice to schedule from Scantron by early May, and they will be able to select a site and test date based on seating availability within Scantron’s network of US and international test sites.

The CAE exam will be given on Scantron’s PASS system. A PASS demo is accessible here: for candidates’ review and practice.  

The CAE Commission believes the transition to computer-based testing increases accessibility to the exam and tightens test security. Candidates will not receive results immediately after they complete the exam at a testing center as the post-exam process is not changing. After the test, the questions are analyzed statistically to identify if there are any hidden flaws. Questions that appear to be flawed are reviewed by the CAE Examination Committee to determine how that question should be scored. After these issues are resolved, the test is scored and results are finalized.  With this careful process, candidates will be sent results approximately 6 weeks after the exam testing window closes. 

We hope that the move to a computer-based test will be a good change for candidates as it will allow them additional flexibility and convenience. Thank you again for your support of the CAE Program! 

Please feel free to contact us at 202-626-2759 or, if we can be of any assistance.


Lori Furtado, CAE
Senior Director, Credentialing


Next Exam Dates:
Friday, May 1, 2020 exam/The application deadline is Friday, February 21, 2020
Friday, December 4, 2020 exam/The application deadline is Friday, September 25, 2020

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. 

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
Carly Faul, CAE
Nicole Floyd, CPA, CAE
Tiina Freeman, CAE
Marcia Kay Holland, CAE
Tom Hurdelbrink, CAE
Sydney Isaac, MBA, CAE
Brit Kramer, CAE
Dean F. Larsen, MA, CAE
Lynn L. Melby, MA, FASAE, 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
Tracy L. White, CMP, PHR, CAE
Elizabeth S. Wilson, CAE