Certified Association Executive

Certainly Certifiable

With the highest success rate in the nation, MSAE has helped more association professionals become CAEs than any other entity. We offer a process-based approach that incorporates study guides, reading comprehension questions, flashcards and practice tests. With three different courses, we have an option to fit every level of preparedness. 

Already a CAE? Continue your education at ORGPRO.

Full Course 

Ideal for individuals new to the CAE process, this 16 week course features weekly calls, personalized guidance through the application process, three rounds of domain exams, online and phone community, mentor search, a 200-question simulated exam and more. View the brochure for a full listing of benefits.

Concentrated Course 

If you have participated in the ASAE Immersion Program or have started the CAE process, this accelerated version of the full course is for you. Condensed to a 12 week period, participants receive weekly group calls, organized reading lists, test taking tips and a 200 question simulated exam. View the brochure for a full listing of benefits.

CRAM Session

This is the ideal program for CAE candidates who have taken a preparation course or are taking the CAE exam for a second time. The course will review and discuss key decisions tested in the exam. We recommend that attendees read the Professional Practices of Association Management and Terminology and Key Concepts Flash Cards prior to attending CRAM. View the brochure for a full listing of benefits.


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What is the CAE?

For over half a century, the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation remains the symbol for excellence in every facet of association management. The 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. Those who are currently employed with an association and are looking to move into a chief staff position in the near future should consider this certification.

Benefits of Becoming a CAE

Self-confidence. 70% of CAE test takers report enhancing knowledge, improving advancement opportunities, and evaluating their status as their motivation.

Value and recognition particularly among board leaders, members, and those involved in hiring nonprofit professionals. 

Create connections through a range of CAE-only events and increased volunteer leadership opportunities through the MSAE and ASAE. 

Requirements to 

Take the Exam

Candidates are required to be employed full-time for one year as a chief staff executive OR five years as an executive-level, association manager. Candidates must also have 100-hours of broad-based, association management-related professional development within the last five years. This education must be directly related to nonprofit management. It should not be industry-specific, or required for the candidate’s particular position within their organization.

About Our Company

We are the association for associations  in Michigan! Our mission is to ensure a knowledgeable, professional and successful association community. 


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