CAE Kickoff

CAE Kickoff

Event Information


Feb 05, 2020 - Feb 07, 2020


9:00 AM - 4:15 PM


J.W. Marriott, Jr.-ASAE Conference Center / ASAE Building

1575 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States

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CAE Kickoff

Are you ready to pursue the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation but don't know where to begin? Maybe you've signed up to take the CAE exam, but you’re not sure how to prepare. If you are ready to earn your CAE, the Kickoff is your first step. And a copy of the CAE Study Guide is included in the price of registration.

The CAE exam covers a broad base of association management knowledge, so there's a lot of information to review, compile, and organize. The Kickoff will help you assess your knowledge of the content, sort out what is and is not covered on the exam, identify content areas you need to focus on, and even rediscover the joys of test-taking.
Register today to:

  • get a solid overview of the nine domains of association management covered in the exam.
  • learn how to approach the exam with the mindset of a chief staff executive.
  • take a practice exam to evaluate your progress and areas that need more attention.
  • develop a study plan.
  • forge long-term relationships with other association professionals and create study groups to help you prepare for the exam.

There is no prereading requirement for this program. Together, participants will review the materials that are considered CAE core resources. A bookstore will be available onsite each day should you wish to purchase reference books in addition to the CAE Study Guide, which is included in the price of registration.

The CAE Kickoff is independent of the CAE certification program, which is governed by the CAE Commission, an independent certifying body of ASAE. CAE Commission volunteers and CAE staff are not involved in developing any preparatory program, and no preparatory program is endorsed by the CAE Commission nor is a prerequisite to earn the CAE.

To learn more about CAE certification, visit the CAE page or contact the CAE department at [email protected] or 202.626.2759.

  • Agenda

    • Wednesday, February 5, 2020

      8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
      Registration Opens 

      9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
      Learn the Foundations 
      Receive an overview of the program, get into the chief staff executive mindset, review the legal issues relevant to association management, get reacquainted with test-taking, and get the CAE take on finance.

      5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
      Networking Event 

      Thursday, February 6, 2020

      8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

      9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
      Start Thinking Like a CEO
      Explore the domains that act as lenses for executive decision-making, relationship management, and strategic thinking. Explore approaches to studying.

      Friday, February 7, 2020

      7:45 – 8:15 a.m.

      8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
      Bring It All Together
      Review the functional domains that a chief staff executive must understand and manage and take a mock exam to get familiar with the test.

  • Policies

    • Our Guarantee
      Our goal is to provide truly exceptional offerings and service, and we won't be happy until you are. If any programs, products or services of ASAE do not fulfill our promise, we will make the situation right. 

      Cancellation, Refund & Substitution Policy
      Submit all requests to ASAE Registration via email at [email protected]. All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by January 29, 2020, to receive a full refund, less a $75 administrative fee.  Refunds cannot be approved for requests received after this date, to include no-shows. Substitutions are gladly accepted at any time. Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.

      Event Cancellation or Postponement
      ASAE reserves exclusive right to modify, postpone/reschedule or cancel programs for any reason, including but not limited to emergency, inclement weather or other ‘acts of God’.  If there is an event cancellation, every attempt will be made to reschedule, and registration fees will be applied to the rescheduled event date. Any travel, lodging, or incidental expenses incurred related to a cancelled event cannot be refunded under any circumstances. If a cancelled event cannot be rescheduled, ASAE will determine an equitable basis for the refund of a portion or all of the registration fees, after due consideration of circumstances and expenditures.  

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