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CEO DATELINE – ASAE changes CAE program requirements

Feb. 19, 2019
By Walt Williams

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ASAE has made two changes to its Certified Association Executive program, including the inclusion of an ethics requirement for certification renewal, the association announced Tuesday.

CAE is a popular certification sought by association executives. ASAE’s CAE Commission recently adopted two changes to eliminate unnecessary barriers to participation in the program, according to the association.

The changes are:

  • The adoption of a one-credit ethics requirement to be included as part of the 40 credits required for each CAE renewal cycle beginning with certificates due to renew in 2020.
  • Starting in May 2019, people seeking certification only need a single year of employment as a CEO or C-suite-level executive at a qualifying organization. All other staff must have five years of employment at a qualifying organization.

“The CAE Commission recognizes that executives come to the association world through many paths, often gaining valuable experience outside of our industry. Thus, the CAE Program should acknowledge these transferable skills and experience, while also continuing to shine light on the ethical responsibilities association professionals of all levels are charged to uphold,” Lowell Aplebaum, chair of the CAE Commission, said in a statement.