What’s Ahead for the CAE?

By Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, CPF

As we look toward 2020, we find the CAE continues to serve as our industry’s seminal credential. As of the end of 2018 there were over 4,300 Certified Association Executives. If you have kept an eye on ASAE’s job board over the past few years, you probably have noticed the trend of more employers seek candidates that have their CAE.

Even as we all observe in our own organizations, we know that an industry’s certification should continually evolve and improve to better serve those who hold the credential as well as the organizations that employ them. With that focus, it is my pleasure to share some CAE updates for 2019-2020, as well as those on the horizon:

1. C-suite Experience Requirement Shift: Starting with applications for the May 2019 exam, those who are employed as a Chief Staff Executive or a C-suite level executive as a qualifying organization must now be an employee for just a minimum of ONE year. All other prerequisites remain the same.

2. Ethics Renewal Requirement: For those who will renew in 2020, one of your 40 credits of continuing education will have to be ethics focused. Please note – this is not an additional credit – it is included in the 40 as it stands today. This ethics credit can be fulfilled through qualifying professional development as currently defined.

3. Online Application/Renewal: We are currently testing a platform to shift the CAE application and renewal process from paper to an online portal. It is our hope that this will make not only easier to apply to take and renew the credential, but that through online tracking of your professional development that qualified candidates will recognize earlier in their journey to CAE that they are already on the path.

4. CAE Badge: In 2019, ASAE started offering a digital badge for those who hold the CAE credential. This will allow those who are current in their certification to easily be recognized for their CAE status with colleagues and potential employers.

5. CAE Content Update: Every five years, the CAE Commission conducts a job task analysis to verify the relevancy of the domains and content of the CAE and make any necessary updates. This analysis will take place in 2019 with the first exam reflecting these content updates taking place in 2020.

6. Competency Based Education/Credentialing: Currently the CAE Commission is in a multi-year process of designing an alternate path to the CAE – one that does not count “hours” but instead focuses on how candidates/credential holders can demonstrate their competence through how they have applied their knowledge and skills. Look for more information on this alternate path in the coming months.

As always, we hope that if you hold the credential that you are #CAEproud and will share it. And if you know someone who should have their CAE, encourage them to start their own journey by exploring asaecenter.org/cae.

Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, CPF is the chair of the 2018-2019 CAE Commission. He is CEO & Strategy Catalyst of Vista Cova, partnering with organizations for master level facilitation of strategy, vision and leadership. He also serves on the Curriculum Committee for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s IOM. 

TSAE CAE Study Course

TSAE offers a Study Course, sponsored by Visit Austin, twice a year to help professionals prepare for the Certified Association Executive (CAE) exam. An experienced CAE leads the discussion as the group explores the nine (9) domains of association management and works through sample exam questions. Participants can also receive audio recordings of the sessions. It is a great way to ask questions, find study partners and earn 23 CAE hours.

The Fall 2019 CAE Study Course begins August 28. You must submit your application to ASAE by Friday, September 27, 2019 if you are planning to take the December 6, 2019 exam.

To learn more, visit tsae.org.

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