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Why CAE?

Posted By Eric Klinner, Friday, September 12, 2014

There are several different reasons that individuals purse the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. Professional development, career planning, professional pride, dedication to their career, self-fulfillment, and commitment to a career in association management are just some of the reasons one might choose to take this additional step in their career.

 As my association management career moved forward, I realized that I was already gaining the valuable (and required) education to take the exam. The resources used and the knowledge and experiences gained through the exam process have not only benefitted me personally, but have also benefitted my association. There have been instances regarding anti-trust, best practices and legal issues that I have felt very comfortable answering (for myself and the association) because of the knowledge I gained in conjunction with the CAE experience.

 I feel that being a CAE has created connections and opened several doors for me that would not have been possible without it. From CAE only networking events and study groups, to invite only speaking engagements with nationally recognized speakers at the ASAE convention. With only 4,100 CAE’s nationwide, you will be part of an elite group of association professionals.

 Testing for the CAE occurs in May and December. For more information regarding the CAE, the ISAE CAE study group or requirements to test, please contact Destiny at ISAE at or myself at  You can also visit the ISAE website at


Eric Klinner, CAE

ISAE Board Member

AIA of Illinois 

Managing Director

Tags:  ASAE  CAE  Education  ISAE 

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