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CAE Credit Hours FAQs

My organization offers education on association management topics.  How can we offer CAE credit for our eligible programs?

If your organization would like to promote and advertise your qualifying programs as eligible for CAE credit, your organization must become a CAE Approved Provider. A CAE Approved Provider is an organization which has formally registered with the CAE program and has committed to providing education that meets the CAE Commission’s standards for helping individuals earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. CAE Approved Providers have received guidance on such standards, and pledged to properly represent course eligibility for CAE credit.

What is the criteria for qualifying education?

To earn CAE credit, courses must be directly related to association or nonprofit management topics as defined by the CAE Exam Content Outline.

  • Live courses (including face-to-face, audio/videoconference, and instructor-led online delivery) earn CAE credit for actual clock time of qualifying education including partial hours, up to a maximum of 8 CAE credits per day.  Example: 1½ hours of qualifying education equals 1.5 CAE credits.
  • College or university courses taken for academic credit at a U.S. accredited academic institution earn 15 hours per earned semester credit, 14 hours per earned trimester credit and 10 hours per earned quarter credit (e.g., a three-credit semester course earns 45 CAE hours).
  • Preplanned in-depth group study of specific association management topic(s) with interaction between a minimum of three participants from different organizations earn 1 CAE credit for each clock hour, up to a maximum of 20 hours per CAE application.
  • Self-Study: A non-live program used for individual, self-paced study may be recognized for CAE credits if it meets all of the following criteria:
  1. The program must be suitably recent, as defined by the oldest reference included in the CAE Authoritative Literature.
  2. The program must have clearly identified learning objectives linked to the CAE Exam Content Outline.
  3. It must include an interactive component such as quizzes, post-tests, or other learning assessment exercises or activities by which participants apply and demonstrate comprehension of the covered content areas.
  4. The program must meet recognized standards for effective self-study programs. 

Proof of completion (i.e. a certificate of completion) must be submitted by the applicant/certificant with the exam or renewal application. Self-study credits may only account for one-half of any applicant’s education hours. To offer credits for a self-study program, the program description must be submitted for review by ASAE credentialing staff with a $195 fee per course. 

Approval or denial of CAE credit for self-study programs are the sole discretion of the CAE program, and may not be appealed. 

The following are not eligible to earn CAE credit:

  • General software/training courses.
  • Expo hall hours
  • Industry-specific programs (i.e. physicians’ CME courses)
  • Networking receptions
  • Breaks between educational sessions
  • Product-specific promotional courses or training

Determination of CAE credit eligibility does not imply endorsement, accreditation, or assessment of education quality. 

What are my responsibilities as an education provider for providing education that is eligible for CAE credit?

You should keep a record of all participants to be able to confirm their participation.  The record should include the participant name, program name and description, date, and number of hours.

How can I promote that my program is eligible for CAE credit?

Your organization must be a CAE Approved Provider in order to promote your programs as CAE credit-eligible.

What is not permitted in my organization's promotion of eligible educational programming?

Use of the CAE logo and the ASAE logo are not permitted.  (CAE Approved Providers are authorized to use the CAE Approved Provider web sticker next to eligible programs.)

The CAE program does not endorse or accredit educational programming.  As the CAE program is governed by the CAE Commission, an independent certifying body, educational program eligibility determination should not be construed as an ASAE action.

Does the recorded version of the program qualify for CAE credit?

For most programs, the recorded version of a live program will not qualify for CAE credit.  To qualify for CAE credit for self study, the program would need to meet the criteria for self-study programs.



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