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CAE Study Group Spring 2024 Begins

CAE Study Group Spring 2024 Begins

Peer-driven CAE study group

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Event Details

Looking to earn your Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential?

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 

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. 

All participants must purchase the following:

  • CAE Study Guide 2023
  • Professional Practices in Association Management, 4th Edition (print or digital
  • Association Law Handbook, 6th Edition (print or digital)
  • Membership Essentials: Recruitment, Retention, Roles, Responsibilities, and Resources, 2nd Edition (print or digital
  • The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management, 4th Edition (print or digital

The following are recommended but not required:

  • ASAE ForesightWorks User’s Guide (print or digital)
  • How to Read Nonprofit Financial Statements, 3rd edition (print or digital)

For additional information, browse the CAE Core Resources and the CAE Candidate Handbook.


Member: $99
Non-Member: $199

includes all sessions

Spring 2024 Mentors

Melanee Cottrill, MBA, CAE, Executive Director, Head Start California 
Laurel Nava, CAE, Director of Education & Partnerships, CITE (CA IT in Education)
Shaun Rundle, CAE, Executive Director,CA Peace Officers' Assoc.
Dave Nielsen, CAE, CEO, Home Building Association of Greater Portland
Aaron Gregory Smith, CAE, Executive Director, United States Bartenders Guild
Scarlett Vanyi, CAE, Executive Director, California Independent Schools Business Officers Association 
Elizabeth Cardwell, CAE, CMP, Account Executive, Smith Moore Associates
Marcel Bourdase, MPA, CAE, Chief Operating Officer, The Exchange

Meeting Dates (Virtual)

Wednesdays  |  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm PST
Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the zoom link and instructions.

February 14 - Welcome & Orientation
February 21 - Governance
February 28 - Executive Leadership
March 6 - Organization Strategy
March 13 - Operations
March 20 - Business Development
March 27 - Members & Stakeholder Engagement
April 3 - Advocacy
April 10 - Marketing & Communications
April 17 - Practice Exam Review

Exam Dates May 1 - May 14 (application deadline Feb 17)

Sessions are recorded for future reference or in the instance of an absence. It is requested that participants join in at least half of the ten sessions offered.

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) 

Event Sponsor

CAE Credits

As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 10 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.


Megan Denhardt, CAE, Education Consultant:


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