ASAE Announces Changes in the Certified Association Executive Program Requirements

February 19, 2019

WASHINGTON— ASAE announces two changes to the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) Program. The changes are updates to the Assessment System and Renewals Policy including the addition of an ethics requirement for renewal.

These changes mean that the experience requirement for candidates who are employed as an association CEO, or in a C-suite level position, has been reduced to one year. This policy revision comes as a result of the CAE Commission’s intention to eliminate unnecessary barriers to participation in the CAE Program. Professional development should be the focal point of the application requirements as acquisition and application of knowledge are of greater importance than an individual’s professional tenure.

As a commitment to a key cornerstone of the association management industry and the CAE credential, the CAE Commission has adopted a one-credit ethics requirement to be included as part of the 40 credits required for each CAE renewal cycle beginning with certificates due to renew in 2020.

“The CAE Commission recognizes that executives come to the association world through many paths, often gaining valuable experience outside of our industry. Thus, the CAE Program should acknowledge these transferable skills and experience, while also continuing to shine light on the ethical responsibilities association professionals of all levels are charged to uphold,” said Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, CPF, Chair of the CAE Commission and Chief Executive Officer & Strategy Catalyst of Vista Cova.

The CAE Program is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate association executives who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of association management. Founded in 1960, the CAE Program has stood as a mark of excellence for over 50 years and has evolved to reflect the growth and changes in the practice of association management.

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About ASAE
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 44,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Its members lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. Together, they create a vibrant community that makes the world smarter, safer, and better every day. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at

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