Certified Association Executive (CAE)

Program Overview

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation has become the pinnacle to strive for among Association Executives nationwide. Administered by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the CAE designation demonstrates to yourself and your peers that you are committed to the profession and have a mastery of the principles of the job. In addition, if you are, or aspire to become, the chief staff executive within your association, the CAE serves to not only better prepare you for the responsibilities of the job, but to also confirm to those making the promotion/hiring decisions that you are serious about your career.

Earning the CAE requires a prerequisite amount of involvement in the association management profession and passage of a multiple-choice test. It is an intensive, comprehensive assessment of one's knowledge of all aspects of association management.

To learn more about the CAE and to take advantage of the OSAE CAE Bundle, a self-paced on-demand package designed with association professionals in mind, select this link.

CAE Scholarship Program

Realizing that some association executives may have to reach into their own pockets to cover some or all of the fees associated with taking the test, the OSAE CAE Council has established the OSAE CAE Scholarship Fund.

The OSAE CAE Scholarship Fund will reimburse up to 50 percent of a person's out-of-pocket expenditures related to taking the CAE, up to a limit of $500.

This scholarship is available to current members of OSAE.  Along with a completed scholarship application form, individuals applying for the scholarship must also provide proof from ASAE that he or she has made application to take the exam.  There is an expectation that scholarship recipients will participate in the OSAE Study Group Program.

Scholarship monies will be distributed in advance of the individual taking the test; however, if he or she decides not to take the test after the scholarship has been awarded, the funds must be returned to OSAE. If the scholarship recipient takes the test but does not pass, the scholarship money does not have to be returned.

The deadline for submission of CAE Scholarship applications will be set close to the deadline for submission to ASAE of qualifying credentials.

An announcement of the deadline will be made on the OSAE website. The number of scholarships to be awarded in advance of each test will be determined by the amount of scholarship money available.

Scholarship funds will come from fundraising activities conducted by OSAE's CAE Council and will include appeals for individual donations and fundraising activities at OSAE events.

The OSAE CAE Council wants to ensure that the cost to take the CAE exam does not deter anyone in Ohio from pursuing the designation.

For more information on how to apply for the scholarship or how to donate to the fund, contact the OSAE office at (614) 824-4054.

CLICK HERE to apply for the OSAE CAE Scholarship.


CAE Study Guide

Design your study plan and prepare effectively to earn the prestigious Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential.

Order your study guide online here through ASAE.

Highlights of the current CAE Study Guide include:

  • CAE exam content outline
  • Easy-to-use readiness self-assessment, including ways to identify your learning preferences
  • Suggestions for mapping a study plan, including elements of a plan and ideas for scheduling reading and preparation across a time line that suits you
  • Study options
  • Suggested readings by CAE content domain
  • Study and discussion questions by CAE content domain
  • Legal review section
  • Key terms and glossary
  • Ideas for tackling areas of difficulty
  • Last-minute prep and test tips
  • And of course, the practice exam

Additional recommended readings include:

  • Association Law Handbook
  • Building a Knowledge Based Culture
  • Everyday Employment Law-The Basics
  • How to Read Nonprofit Financial Statements
  • Principles of Association Management
  • Professional Practices in Association Management