CAE Study Group

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) Program, is intended to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and recognize those who demonstrate deep knowledge essential to the practice of association management.

By earning the CAE, you'll gain:

  • Expanded knowledge in every aspect of association management
  • Professional recognition by peers, staff, and volunteer leaders
  • Increased networking opportunities with other leaders in our profession 

  To learn more about the CAE, visit

CalSAE's CAE Study Group

Join our highly acclaimed peer-driven CAE study group to help you prepare for an upcoming exam. The study sessions are candidate-driven with volunteer CAE mentors to guide challenging questions and best practices for exam preparation. Many of the mentors are newly minted CAE holders and study group alumni.  They take place virtually and are recorded in the instance you miss a week - we ask that you participate in at least half of the ten sessions offered.

See the events calendar for full details on upcoming sessions and to register.


Fall Session (begins in Sept.)
Spring Session (begins in Feb.)


Member: $149
Non-Member: $249

CAE Credits

Earn 10 CAE credits for participating in the study group

Member Testimonials

“I credit my passing of the CAE Exam to the study group, I'm so grateful to CalSAE for their efforts in devoting time to ensure the sessions are successful and thorough! I learned just as much about how to successfully take the exam as the content itself.”

- Shaun S. Rundle, CAE - 2023 Study Group Participant
Executive Director, California Peace Officers Association

“The CAE study group is invaluable--both for knowledge as well as forming a cohort. The CAE exam is not one that you can just buy a book or two and walk into; the questions are challenging and there is definitely a right interpretation to be sought. I encourage anyone considering earning their CAE to join the study group!”

- Laurel Nava, CAE - 2023 Study Group Participant
Director of Education & Partnerships, CA IT in Education (CITE) 


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.


Contact Megan Denhardt, CAE, Education Consultant