Certified Association Executive (CAE) Information

ASAE announced in mid-March that the CAE exam originally scheduled for May 1 has been postponed until Monday, June 8, 2020.

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) 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.

VSAE is a CAE Approved Provider. In general, our educational programs meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the CAE 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 whatiscae.org. See more information below about how to access the record of your CAE credits based on attendance at VSAE events.

New in 2020

  • Anyone renewing the CAE will be required to fulfill one of their 40 credits with an ethics-focused credit. VSAE will be providing education opportunities that satisfy this requirement, starting with a breakout session at the 2020 Annual Conference.
  • The exam will move to a computer-based administration starting with the June 8, 2020 exam.
  • A new exam content outline will be released this spring, to be used starting with the December 2020 exam. VSAE will provide more information once it has been released.

CAE Study Groups

VSAE offers a facilitated CAE Study Group as a member benefit. Non-members may participate for a fee of $100 (contact the VSAE office to enroll). The study group is offered on an as-needed basis in the early fall for the December exam and late winter for the May exam.

The 2020 Spring Study Group began Tuesday, February 18. Going forward, all remaining sessions will be held virtually instead of at the VSAE office (call for more information on how to connect to these sessions), on Tuesdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Due to the postponement of the exam date, the remaining study group sessions have been updated as follows: 


April 28     Administration Shannon McCabe
May 5    Knowledge Management & Research Laura Cobb
May 12 Public Policy, Gov. Relations, and Coalition Building Steve Yeakel
May 19 Marketing, Public Relations, & Communications Carter Lyons
June 2 Optional Study session Self-Guided
Mon., June 8 CAE Exam  


The 2020 Fall Study Group begins Tuesday, September 22 and will be held every Tuesday through November 24, 8:30-10:30 a.m., at the VSAE office - 2924 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond 23294. Please indicate your intention to attend by clicking the link below. The order in which the domains will be covered follows the pattern shown above, but with different session leaders to be determined.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the May 1 exam has passed. The deadline for the December exam is Friday, September 25.

Tracking Your CAE Credit Hours

VSAE members now have the ability to view and print a record of CAE credit hours earned from attending VSAE education events. Within a week after the event, all attendees will have their hours updated in their member profile. To access a list of your credit hours, follow these steps:

  1. Log in at vsae.org.
  2. Click on the "Events & Education" blue menu tab.
  3. Click on "CEU Tracking" at the very bottom of the drop-down list.
  4. Your current CAE credit hours will appear. You can filter by date range, category, etc.
  5. In the upper right corner is a button to Export a pdf.

Currently, only 2020 education is being tracked. We will add 2018 and 2019 education by June.

In addition, VSAE produces a checklist per year for all events that qualify for CAE credit. Print a copy of the checklist and mark those events you attended to calculate your CAE hours for application or renewal. 


Calendar of Events & CAE hours form


Calendar of Events & CAE hours form


Calendar of Events & CAE hours form


Calendar of Events & CAE hours form


Calendar of Events & CAE hours form


Calendar of Events & CAE hours form