Building New Skills: Certified Association Executive (CAE) Designation

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) program is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate association professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of association management. **GSAE uses ASAE's CAE Study Guide in our review sessions.

The 2021 exams will be held May 1-14, 2022 and December 1-14, 2022 with testing at a Scantron centerPlease see ASAE's website for more info.

NEW - CAE Update from ASAE - 02-08-2022

Watch the recording and download resources from MSAE's recent CAE Rap Session featuring Wendy W. Kavanagh, CAE, GSAE, Mark McSweeney, CAE, ISAE, and Sue Radwan, MEd, CAE, SMP, ARM. Moderated by Donna Oser, CAE, MSAE, the panelists discussed exam preparation, effective study strategies and what to expect day of the exam. 

New CAE exam outline beginning December 2020 - new domains, new material. Highlighted additions version.

Need to check your CAE credits earned with GSAE or add a recent class? Log in to your profile to see your qualifying credits since 2014. More instructions here.

CAE Study Group and Guide Information

The next formal GSAE CAE Study Group will begin meeting summer 2022
Register now! $89 - GSAE members
Each session is eligible for CAE group study hours based on instruction time.

2021 agenda - subject to change

Sessions and Domains


Date and Location

Overview of testing, application, etc.

In person
10:00 am - 11:30 am

In person

Session I
Domain 1- Governance 

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, July 

Session II
Domain 2: Executive Leadership

9:30 am - 11:30 am 

Friday, July 

Session III
Domain 3 - Organizational Strategy 

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, August 

Session IV
Domain 8 - Marketing & Communications 

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, August 

Session V
Domain 6 - Member and Stakeholder Engagement and Management - Tip Tucker Kendall, CAE

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, August 

Session VI
Domain 5 - Business Development

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday, August 

Session VII
Domain 7 - Advocacy - Lisa-Marie Haygood, CAE

9:30 am - 10:30 am
Friday, September

Session VIII
Domain 4 - Operations

9:30 am - 10:30 am
Friday, September 
Mock Exam

10:00 am-12:00 pm - testing period online
12:15 - 1:30 pm - Discussion

Friday, November 4

CAE Exam

New info - The CAE exam is offered in a two-week window in December. 
The test is administered at scheduled test sites throughout the U.S. and internationally at Scantron testing centers. 


Register now for the 2022 GSAE CAE Study Group - $89 - GSAE members

Need a class sooner than this summer? Check out our colleagues at MSAE - they offer a variety of opportunities and a discounted rate for GSAE members. 

ASAE's CAE Study Guide, 2020 Edition, Kathleen M. Edwards, CAE, Executive Editor
Member and Nonmember Price: $82
*Includes official CAE Practice Exam!

some of our favorite things

Societies in the Southeast

the nonprofit center

Easily one of our favorite folks on association management issues, Bob Harris, CAE, has 20 years experience with associations. His seminars are interactive, focused on core-knowledge and member needs. He utilizes case studies, trends and headlines board orientation, training, strategic planning, staff training and consulting. Best of all, Bob offers free templates and documents on his website so we can all benefit from his knowledge. Visit the Nonprofit Center.

more helpful resources

  • Michigan Society of Association Executives has a great set of resources available for members of the state, local and regional groups. The member rate is available for books, the CAE Resource Kit, as well as the CAE Key Concepts and Terminology Flashcards. 

  • View the MSAE website for online and in person CAE programs ($100 savings for GSAE members, but you have to tell them you are ours)

  • CAE Domain Outline - Figure out what you know and what you don't know

  • CAE Exam Advice - Helpful tips from a seasoned CEO

asae assistance and info

 For more information on the CAE designation, contact ASAE staff directly or visit ASAE's website

“CAE” is a registered trademark of the American Society of Association Executives and the Certified Association Executive Commission. The Study Guide is independent of the CAE certification program. No specific preparatory program is endorsed by the CAE Commission. The CAE Commission and CAE staff are solely responsible for the policies and administration of the CAE program. To learn more about CAE certification contact Credentialing at caedept "at" or (202) 626-2759.

Please contact our office at (404) 577-7850 or e-mail our president, Wendy Kavanagh, CAE, at wendy "@" if you are interested in joining a future study group.

Application for the CAE Exam
eligibility to sit

Recertification due the third October 31 after original certification*

To maintain the certification, you must accumulate 40 CAE credit hours, submit a qualifying completed Certification Renewal Form, and pay certification renewal fees. CAE credit hours for certification renewal may be accumulated in a wide variety of ways, and executives involved in the profession should have little difficulty maintaining the certification. Qualifying activities for renewal credit include continuing education programs as outlined for CAE applicants and up to 10 CAE credit hours from leadership, instruction and writing activities.

* All information courtesy of ASAE (also available at

Approved Provider Update

The Georgia Society of Association Executives is a CAE Approved Provider. Where noted, the programs we offer meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. Every program that we offer which qualifies for CAE credit will clearly identify the number of CAE credits granted for full participation, and we will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies.

Note: GSAE programs are not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program. Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific time frame towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.