CAE Study Group

We typically offer two study groups annually to help applicants prepare for the CAE exam. 

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential is the marker of a committed association professional who has demonstrated the wide range of knowledge essential to manage an association in today’s challenging environment.

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CAE Study Group

Looking to earn your Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification? Join our peer-driven CAE Study Group to help prepare for an upcoming CAE exam. The study sessions are candidate-driven with volunteer CAE Mentors on each call to provide guidance on challenging questions as well as prep tips. They take place virtually on Tuesdays from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. PST and are recorded in the instance you miss a week - we simply ask that you participate in at least half of the ten sessions offered.

Fall Session:
September 13 - Welcome & Orientation
September 20 - Governance
September 27 - Executive Leadership
October 4 - Organization Strategy
October 11 - Operations
October 18 - Business Development
October 25 - Members & Stakeholder Engagement
November 1 - Advocacy
November 8 - Marketing & Communications
November 15 - Practice Exam
November 22 - Practice Exam
Exam Dates 12/1-12/14/22 (application deadline 9/23/22)

Spring Session: Begins in February


Member: Complimentary (Note: price will be $99 for the Spring 2023 study group)
Non-Member: $150 (Note: price will be $199 for the Spring 2023 study group)

REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR FALL 2022 - email Heidi Ursino if you have questions.

Required Materials

All participants must purchase the following:

There are several other recommended books that can be purchased through ASAE. Browse the CAE Core Resources and the CAE Candidate Handbook. 

CAE Credits

You earn 10 CAE credits for participating in the study group.


If you currently have your CAE certification, you know how crucial this resource is. Consider becoming a study group mentor... your peers and colleagues are counting on you. We're looking for domain mentors as well as lead mentors. Mentors will guide the group each week and will be present to assist on specific topic areas. If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor, please contact Megan Denhardt.


For more information, please contact Heidi Ursino Director of Operations, or visit