As I am nearing my five years of experience as an association professional, I have started thinking about future goals and where I want to direct my career. One of those aspirations is to obtain the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential.
But what does that mean?
According to ASAE the CAE is “designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate association professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to manage an association in today’s challenging environment.” I know many inspiring professionals that hold this designation.
So, how do you get it? See the list of eligibility requirements below:
- You have three years of experience as a CEO at a qualifying organization, or you have five years of experience working at the staff level at a qualifying organization.
- You are currently employed by a qualifying organization or have been employed by one within the last five years.
- You have a bachelor's degree or higher, or in lieu of a degree, you have eight additional years of professional work experience.
- You are committed to upholding the ASAE Standards of Conduct and have no felony convictions related to the practice of association management.
- You have completed 100 hours of broad-based qualifying professional development within the last five years preceding the application submission.
More information and resources on the CAE designation can be found here.