Earn your CAE

Certified Association Executive

CAE_approved_web_icon.jpgIn the association world, the Certified Association Executive credential is the hallmark of a committed association professional. Held by more than 3,000 diverse association executives across the nation, the CAE is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and identify association professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of association management.

Earning and maintaining the CAE is a three-part process. Candidates must first meet eligibility requirements and submit an application. The next step is to sit for and pass the CAE exam. A candidate who has earned the credential must maintain it by fulfilling certification renewal requirements every three years.

Getting Your CAE
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CAE Prep Course

WSAE is partnered with the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) to offer CAE prep courses that incorporate study guides, reading comprehension questions, flashcards and practice tests. With three different courses, there is an option to fit every level of preparedness.

Whether you're ready to take your career to the next level or just looking to check earning the CAE off your list, you have what it takes to become a Certified Association Executive! The CAE credential is the marker of a committed association professional who has demonstrated the wide range of knowledge essential to manage an association in today’s challenging environment.

With the highest success rate in the nation, MSAE has helped more association professionals become CAEs than any other entity. They offer a process-based approach that incorporates study guides, reading comprehension questions, flashcards, and practice tests. With three different courses, there is an option to fit every level of preparedness.

Registration is now open for Fall 2023. Through our partnership with MSAE, WSAE members receive a discount off registration using these discount codes:

  • Full course: ASA-FF23
  • Concentrated course: ASA-Conc23

Full Course

Ideal for individuals new to the CAE process, this 16-week course features weekly calls, personalized guidance through the application process, three rounds of domain exams, online and phone community, mentor search, a 200-question simulated exam and more.

Concentrated Course
If you have participated in the ASAE Immersion Program or have started the CAE process, this accelerated version of the full course is for you. Condensed into a 12-week period, participants receive weekly group calls, organized reading lists, test taking tips and a 200-question simulated exam.

CRAM Session
This is the ideal program for CAE candidates who have taken a preparation course or are taking the CAE exam for a second time. The course will review and discuss key decisions tested in the exam. We recommend that attendees read the Professional Practices of Association Management and Association Law Handbook prior to attending CRAM.