Professional Certification

Certified Association Executive (CAE)

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) is a designation given by the American Society of Association Executives. The CAE program promotes higher professional standards, encourages personal growth and distinguishes individuals among their association executive peers.

A CAE designation is obtained through earning points, through different educational venues, and receiving an acceptable score on an ASAE administered examination. The test is given twice a year, in both May and December. More information is available online at ASAE’s web-site.

The Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE) is a CAE Approved Provider. CAE Approved Providers offer education that meets the CAE Commission’s standards for helping professionals earn or maintain the CAE credential. Our programs meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit (offers credits per year on average, 31.5 with ALA I, 32 for ALA Certificate Program).

2017 CAE Brochure 

CAE Exam Schedule

Please note that your application must be received in the CAE Program office by close of business on the listed date.

  • Friday, May 5, 2017 exam 
    The application deadline is Friday, February 24, 2017
  • Friday, December 1, 2017 exam 
    The application deadline is Friday, September 22, 2017
  • Friday, May 4, 2018 exam 
    The application deadline is Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Friday, December 7, 2018 exam
    The application deadline is Friday, September 28, 2018

The application fee is $500 for ASAE members and $750 for nonmembers.

Study! ESSAE will offer study sessions to any applicants. Sit down for lunch sessions with a current CAE (based upon interest). Contact us for details or watch your e-news!

Michigan Society of Association Executives offers a CAE prep course! Since 1998, MSAE’s prep course has demonstrated success with an average pass rate of more than 90 percent, touting participants from over 45 states and over 5 countries. This program has helped more association executives become CAE’s than any other entity through online learning; writing the original CAE Study Guide; generating reading outlines by domain; mock exams, and; CAE Terminology and Key Concepts Flash Cards. Prep course participants can call in from anywhere. Conference calls are also recorded for those who are unable to participate at the scheduled time. As an ESSAE member, you are able to secure the member rate by contacting MSAE at or visiting their website.

MSAE is offering the Member Rate to ESSAE Members ($100 Value)!

MSAE also offers the following program towards CAE Credits:

Fit Leaders Academy with Dr. David Chinsky

MSAE has partnered with Fit Leaders Academy, an online leadership training experience, that provides leaders with practical strategies for selling their ideas more confidently and effectively; providing constructive feedback; achieving 90-day goals; and decreasing miscommunication, promoting healthy conflict and enhancing individual and team performance.

Over 13 CE hours of video instruction combine with two one-hour call-in coaching calls each month, access to 20 downloadable resources that enhance the learning process and several leadership assessments to create a dynamic learning experience. This is a perfect resource for those looking for CAE Credit Hours.

CAE Program Points

CAE Domain Breakdown

ESSAE offers a Scholarship to those preparing to take the CAE exam. Click here for more information and the application.

Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program sets the standard in the meeting management profession. The program is administered by the Convention Industry Council (CIC). Earning a CMP designation provides the opportunity for continuing education, promotes industry involvement and distinguishes individuals among their meeting management peers.

A CMP designation is obtained by earning points through participating in meeting management related activities, including education, and receiving an acceptable score on a CIC administered examination. The exam is given twice a year, during both the summer and winter.

More information is available here.

Documentation/Info Needed for Application- Continuing Education Hours

On your online application, you will be asked for:

  • Sessions/course titles
  • CMP-IS domain to which each activity relates
  • Program sponsors/providers
  • Locations
  • Dates
  • Clock hours (1 credit per hour)

To confirm attendance, your documentation can include:

  • Registration confirmation
  • Payment receipt
  • Organization transcript
  • Certificate of completion
  • Name badge

To confirm alignment with the CMP-International Standards, your documentation
can include:

  • Course description from the host organization
  • Course syllabus
  • Onsite program

CMP Virtual Prep Course –Orientation March 6, 2017 for August 2017 Exam

For over a decade, MSAE has successfully helped candidates achieve their CMP designation through a classroom setting. We are now offering a five month Spring Course Online and are ready to help meeting planners nationally! This in-depth learning experience, which aligns with the most current CMP International Standards, will help prepare candidates for the CMP Examination.

*Applicants can use 13.5 CEUs on CMP Application (Varies on Application Submission date)

*This session has been Approved by the Convention Industry Council (CIC) CMP Preferred Provider Program. 

CMP Domain Breakdown