The CAE Commission is the independent certifying agency of ASAE and is responsible for setting policy and standards related to the Certified Association Executive (CAE) Program. The CAE Program is governed by the CAE Commission, which is composed of up to fourteen voting members, thirteen of whom have earned and maintained the CAE designation, and one public member. The program is administered by ASAE staff, who implement the program’s policies.
The Commission may hold up to four in-person meetings each year. Conference calls are conducted between face-to-face meetings to facilitate the work of the Commission. The kickoff meeting of the CAE Commission for the upcoming volunteer year is at the 2023 ASAE Annual Meeting on Saturday, August 5 in Atlanta, GA from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Responsibilities of the CAE Commission and its Commissioners include:
1. Set the strategic direction for the CAE Program.
2. Act to assure fiduciary responsibility to the CAE Commission.
3. Establish, monitor, and revise, as needed, the standing rules, policies, and procedures related to the CAE Program. All standing rules and policies shall be reviewed annually and published [made publicly available] on the CAE website with the exception of those policies the release of which could potentially jeopardize the security or integrity of the examination or the security or integrity of the program.
4. Initiate periodic job analysis studies and utilize the results to keep the CAE examination specifications current.
5. Develop, monitor, and revise, as needed, the CAE initial and renewal application criteria and forms.
6. Set examination policies within accepted psychometric practices.
7. Establish dates and set fees for the CAE examination and program.
8. Audit and monitor all CAE testing and vendor facilities on an as-needed basis for the purpose of quality improvement compliance.
9. Respond to concerns and recommendations by CAE candidates and certificants about the CAE program.
10. Confer CAE designation on qualified candidates and revoke designation as appropriate.
11. Hear appeals brought before the Commission based on established policy.
12. Attend CAE Commission meetings and serve on committees and task forces or in other official functions as requested by the Commission Chair.
13. Actively promote the CAE Program.
Eligibility: CAE Commission members must have earned and maintained the CAE designation and currently be an employee of a qualifying organization or meet in lieu of employment criteria.
Not all applicants will be accepted for this committee. The selection committee is comprised of the incoming volunteer chair, the incoming volunteer vice chair, the outgoing volunteer chair, and the ASAE executive staff liaison. The ASAE staff liaison plays a supporting role in this process.
Diversity of Voice- With support of ASAE staff, the selection committee utilizes the ASAE Board Diversity Policy and Volunteer Model to ensure the group is comprised of a variety of voices from the membership. To support this effort, all ASAE members can log into their main ASAE account and update their information in their ASAE Profile to ensure it is complete and up to date.
• New volunteers are required to attend the volunteer group’s kickoff meeting in order to serve.
• ASAE does not reimburse Committee, or Council members for travel.
• Members can only serve 1 (one) volunteer group (council or committee) at a time.
In principle and in practice, ASAE values and seeks diversity and inclusive practices within the association management industry.