Professional Certification: CAE & CMP

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

ASAE CAE Information

CAE 2019 & Beyond

The CAE program was recently evaluated and a few changes are coming for 2019 and beyond - including the c-suite experience requirement, ethics training for renewals and CAE content updates scheduled for 2020. Learn more on the program updates here.

These links will help guide you through your CAE application process:

Join the select group of peers nationwide who have chosen to attain this high level of excellence and achievement. Learn more at

Recommended Reading from ASAE:

  • Association Law Handbook, 6th edition
  • ASAE Handbook of Professional Practices in Association Management, 3rd edition
  • The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management, 4th edition
  • How to Read Nonprofit Financial Statements, 3rd edition
  • Membership Essentials: Recruitment, Retention, Roles, Responsibilities, and Resource, 2nd edition
  • CAE Study Guide which includes a practice exam

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, December 6, 2019 exam 
    The application deadline is Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Friday, May 1, 2020 exam 
    The application deadline is Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Friday, December 4, 2020 exam
    The application deadline is Friday, September 25, 2020

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

Renewing Your CAE? 

CAEs must be renewed every three years. The deadline to renew without penalties or late fees is October 31.  The absolute renewal deadline is December 31. All requirements must be completed when submitting the renewal application. Beginning with 2020 renewals, one of the 40 hours must be focused on ethics.

Recertification Requirements & Application 

Preparing for the CAE

Preparing for the CAE exam is crucial for your success. ESSAE is partnering with the Michigan Society (MSAE) to offer multiple options for virtual prep courses and materials. As an ESSAE member, you are able to secure the member rate by contacting MSAE at [email protected] or visiting their website.

The study group meets weekly by conference call and all calls are recorded and accessible later if you miss it. The classes include several practice tests and full practice exam.

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.

Detailed Information on the CAE Application or renewal process, please contact ASAE's Credentialing Department at 202-626-2759 or online at

Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program sets the standard in the meeting management profession. The program is administered by the Event Industry Council (EIC). 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 EIC administered examination. The exam is given twice a year, during both the summer and winter.

2019 Testing Dates

  • 1-31 January, 2019 -- CMP and CMP-HC

  • 1-31 May, 2019 -- CMP and CMP-HC

  • 1-31 August, 2019 -- CMP and CMP-HC

  • 1-30 November, 2019 -- CMP and CMP-HC

Applications must be submitted online. Approval takes 3-5 weeks upon submission and is valid for 1 year. Detailed Information on the CMP Application and renewal process, please contact the Events Industry Council at (202) 376-1190 or

Documentation/Info Needed for Application- Continuing Education Hours - See Page 12 for CE documentation requirements

Recommended Links for the EIC

  1. CMP Handbooks and Prep Materials 
  2. Eligibility Requirements
  3. Exam FAQ
  4. Recertification Information
  5. CMP Domain Breakdown

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

MSAE CMP Virtual Prep Course

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 approx. 10-13 CEs on CMP Application (Varies on Application Submission date)

*This session will be submitted to the Events Industry Council (EIC) CMP Preferred Provider Program

The study group meets twice monthly by conference call for 5 months to prepare for the August exams. All calls are recorded and accessible later if you miss one or want to review domains. The course includes CMP mentoring, several practice tests and a full practice exam.