CAE Certification

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential is the marker of a committed association professional who has demonstrated the wide range of knowledge essential to manage an association in today’s challenging environment.

Step 1: Determine your eligibility.

You may apply for the CAE when you have completed each of the eligibility requirements, including work experience and professional development criteria.

Read more about eligibility requirements and get other information about earning your CAE.

Step 2: Apply for the exam.

The CAE exam is offered twice a year, in May and December. Choose a date that fits well with your schedule and allows you time to prepare.

Read more information below

Step 3: Prepare for the exam.

AuSAE offers a variety of resources and study groups to help you build your subject-matter knowledge so you’re ready to take the exam.

Course outline below 

Study Groups 

Step 4: Take the exam.

The four-hour examination includes 200 multiple-choice questions.

Step 5: Get recognised.

When you earn your CAE, plan to walk across the stage at the next AuSAE conference (ACE & LINC) Also:

  • Share your accomplishment with others via a letter of support from AuSAE & ASAE.
  • Brag a little with merchandise bearing the CAE logo.
  • Add digital recognition to your social media, email, and web profiles.

Step 6: Keep your CAE current.

CAEs are required to renew their certification every three years.

  • More information to follow 


This CAE information was shared to AuSAE by ASAE and the CAE foundation 

CAE Examination Information and Dates

The first step toward earning your CAE, after you've met your experience and education eligibility requirements, is to submit an application. You should submit your application once you meet the application criteria and are prepared to sit for the exam within the next twelve months. The application deadlines for upcoming exam dates are listed below. Please note that your application must be received in the CAE Program office by close of business on the listed application deadline.

  • The May exam will be held May 1-14, 2021.
    The application deadline is Friday, February 26, 2021.
  • The December exam will be held December 1-14, 2021.
    The application deadline is Friday, September 24, 2021.
  • The application fee is $500 for ASAE members and $750 for nonmembers.

Registering for an Exam Date
Once you have an approved application on file, you will be sent a notification to schedule from Scantron via email approximately 4 weeks before the examination date. Once you receive a notice to schedule you can select a site and date for your exam. Exam applications remain valid for one year after the date of approval. A candidate with an approved application may test in any of the test administrations offered within the one-year time frame. If his/her application expires, the candidate must submit a new application with the appropriate fees and have the application approved in order to register for the exam. A retake fee will apply for sitting more than once on the same application.

When and Where The Test Is Given
The CAE exam is offered in a two-week window in May and December.  The test is administered at scheduled test sites internationally at Scantron testing centers. Due to COVID-19 concerns, 2021 candidates will also have the option of taking the exam from their home or other location with a live online proctoring option (LOP). 

Computer-Based Test

Beginning with the Spring 2020 exam, the CAE will be administered as a computer-based test. Candidates will be able to schedule their exam within a two-week window at any of the sites available through Scantron. Candidates will have 4 hours to complete the exam once they begin. Results will be mailed to candidates approximately 6 weeks after the final day of the testing window. Candidates will not receive results after they complete the exam at a testing center, as the post-exam process is not changing. After the test, the questions are analyzed statistically to identify if there are any hidden flaws. Questions that appear to be flawed are reviewed by the CAE Examination Committee to determine how that question should be scored. After these issues are resolved, the test is scored and results are finalized. Results from the Spring 2020 exam are anticipated to be sent mid to late August. 

AuSAE Test exam Outline
The CAE exam, ASAE will be conducting a pilot test with the Australasian Society of Association Executives. The Australasian CAE Exam Content Outline is similar to the standard U.S.-centric outline but with some variations to account for differences in meaning, practice, or laws.


The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)

Australian Office:
Address: Unit 6, 26 Navigator Place, Hendra QLD 4011 Australia
Free Call: +61 1300 764 576
Phone: +61 7 3268 7955

New Zealand Office:
Address: 159 Otonga Rd, Rotorua 3015 New Zealand
Phone: +64 27 249 8677

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