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CAE Updates: Approved Provider Program, Enforceable Standards of Conduct
January 14, 2013
Summary: Two updates from the CAE department: A new CAE Approved Provider Program launches this month, and a draft of a set of enforceable standards of conduct for CAEs is currently open for public comment.

Approved Provider Program

Beginning in January 2013, the CAE program is instituting the Approved Provider Program to make it easier for candidates and certificants to find CAE credit-eligible education.

The CAE Approved Provider Program was established in response to requests from CAE candidates for a clearer system to identify courses that qualify for CAE credit as well as requests from course providers seeking a way to identify their programs as eligible for CAE credit. The specific aspects of the program were designed with full consideration of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies' Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs and modeled after similar programs offered by other NCCA-Accredited credentialing programs.

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 have pledged to properly represent course eligibility for CAE credit. The CAE program encourages candidates and CAEs to consider qualifying courses from CAE Approved Providers to meet the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the CAE credential. A list of CAE Approved Providers will be available online.

Enforceable Behaviors

When the new aspirational ASAE Standards of Conduct were adopted, the CAE Commission determined that a more objective basis was needed for a CAE disciplinary policy.

As background, the new Standards of Conduct were adopted by ASAE in 2011. Every CAE will continue to be asked to affirm his or her commitment to uphold these standards. However, because the standards are aspirational, the CAE Commission determined that a more objective basis was needed to serve as the basis for its disciplinary policy. The CAE Commission charged a task force composed of CAEs as well as past members of ASAE's Ethics Committee to developing a list of enforceable behaviors which may serve as the basis on which a request for consideration for disciplinary action against a CAE may be filed.

The task force draft was sent to the CAE Commission, and a modified draft was then reviewed by legal counsel. The CAE final version is now available for public comment. Please send concerns, suggestions, or thoughts on the proposed enforceable behaviors to Lori Frison, CAE, director of credentialing, at by February 1, 2013.

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  Jennifer Briggs , CAE , February 04, 2013
There are a number of conferences I attend each year that are very valuable to my work and completely applicable to my CAE. Can we hear more about how organizations that serve a large number of CAE participants are being communicated with about the need to pay the $395 fee and apply to be approved? Or, are CAEs expected to ask this of providers? I have no problem with some sort of process that allows for better determination if programs meet CAEs needs. However, if I am now dependent on a provider learning about and then paying to adhere to these new rules, it will feel a bit like I'm being forced to attend programs in a limited number of places when there really is no issue with the quality of the programs I currently attend (or, at least in the past, whether they have counted toward my CAE.)
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  Gary Bolinger , CAE , January 16, 2013
I agree with Daniel that the concept has merit, but there are many issues to consider. With the level of complexity in our lives, ASAE should definitely consider a list of pre-approved providers that would promote less complexity. Allied Societies would be a good starting point - this is rational. What about national associations of state executives like the CPA Society Executive Association. Again, please do not add to the complexity we all deal with every day.
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  Daniel Dozer , CAE , January 15, 2013
There can be programs particularly in the campaign finance area that are given by the various states. These programs are critical for organizations with state PAC's. These should automaticly be approved with out each state having to submit. The number of CAEs in most states is relativley small. Your concept has merit but it may create more problems than it solves if this is an exclusive list. Sounds like the Federal Govenment making our lives simpler which they never do. Sounds like a beltway mentality proposal to me.


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