Certified Association Executives

The Certified Association Executive professional designation is the highest honor an association executive can earn in the profession. The Certified Association Executive (CAE) program is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who demonstrate knowledge essential to the practice of association management. To earn the CAE credential, an applicant must meet nonprofit professional experience requirements, complete a requisite amount of specialized professional development, pledge to uphold a code of ethics, and pass a stringent examination in association management.

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CAE Credit Eligibility Criteria
CAE credits are based on the actual clock hours of qualifying education including partial hours, up to a maximum of 8 CAE credits per day; stated credit hours assume full participation.
To earn CAE credit, courses must be directly related to association or nonprofit management topics as defined by the CAE Exam Content Outline.
·        Live courses (including face-to-face, audio/videoconference, and instructor-led online delivery) earn CAE credit for actual clock time of qualifying education including partial hours, up to a maximum of 8 CAE credits per day.  Example: 1½ hours of qualifying education equals 1.5 CAE credits.
·        College or university courses taken for academic credit at a U.S. accredited academic institution earn 15 hours per earned semester credit, 14 hours per earned trimester credit and 10 hours per earned quarter credit (e.g., a three-credit semester course earns 45 CAE hours).
·        Preplanned in-depth group study of specific association management topic(s) with interaction between a minimum of three participants from different organizations earn 1 CAE credit for each clock hour, up to a maximum of 20 hours per CAE application.
·        Self-Study: A non-live program used for individual, self-paced study may be recognized for CAE credits if it meets all of the following criteria:
The program must be suitably recent, as defined by the oldest reference included in the CAE Authoritative Literature.
The program must have clearly identified learning objectives linked to the CAE Exam Content Outline.
It must include an interactive component such as quizzes, post-tests, or other learning assessment exercises or activities by which participants apply and demonstrate comprehension of the covered content areas.
The program must meet recognized standards for effective self-study programs.
Proof of completion (i.e. a certificate of completion) must be submitted by the applicant/certificant with the exam or renewal application. Self-study credits may only account for one-half of any applicant’s education hours. To offer credits for a self-study program, the program description must be submitted for review by ASAE credentialing staff with a $195 fee per course.
Approval or denial of CAE credit for self-study programs are the sole discretion of the CAE program, and may not be appealed.
The following are not eligible to earn CAE credit:
·        General software/training courses.
·        Expo hall hours
·        Industry-specific programs (i.e. physicians’ CME courses)
·        Networking receptions
·        Breaks between educational sessions
·        Product-specific promotional courses or training
Determination of CAE credit eligibility does not imply endorsement, accreditation, or assessment of education quality.

 ·        ACAE is a CAE Approved Provider.  The program(s) linked below 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.  For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit


  • Billy L. Adams, CAE, Southeastern Equipment Dealers Association
  • Arleen Alexander, CAE, Petroleum & Convenience Marketers of Alabama
  • Jeannine Birmingham, CPA, CAE, Alabama Society of CPAs
  • Richard E. Brown, Jr., CAE, Alabama Retail Association
  • Stacey Bryan, CAE, Bryan & Associates
  • Amanda Buttenshaw, CAE, Alabama Optometric Association
  • Susie D. Cleveland, CAE, Home Builders Association of Mobile
  • Greg Cochran, CAE, Alabama League of Municipalities
  • Patti Culp, CAE, Alabama Travel Council
  • Thomas R. Dart, CAE, Automobile Dealers Association of Alabama
  • W. Russell Davis, CAE, Home Builders Association of Alabama
  • Lawrence M. Fidel, CAE, Alabama Restaurant Association
  • Frank Filgo, CAE, Alabama Trucking Association
  • Elaine Fincannon, CAE, Business Council of Alabama
  • W. Warner Floyd, CAE, Alabama Retired State Employees Association
  • J. Michael Horsley, CAE, Alabama Hospital Association
  • Lynn Kilgore, CAE, Huntsville/Madison County Builders Association, Inc.
  • Edwin K. Livingston, CAE, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Brett McBrayer, CAE, Birmingham Automobile Dealers Association
  • Rick Oates, CAE, Alabama Farmers Federation
  • Billy Powell, CAE, Innovative Association Services, Inc.
  • Larry A. Vinson, CAE, Group Management Services, LLC
  • Randal H. Ward, CAE, Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast
  • Chris Williams, CAE, Associated General Contractors of Alabama
  • Alison Wingate, CAE, Alabama Retail Association
  • Patrick E. Winters, CAE, Strategic Evaluations & Executive Transitions
  • J. Jerry Wood, CAE, Home Builders Association of Alabama
  • Justin Bailey, CAE, Alabama Association for Justice
  • Katrina Magdon, CAE, Alabama Nursing Home Association
  • Earl Franks, CAE, Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools