Virtual CAE Kickoff

Virtual CAE Kickoff

Event Information


Sep 17, 2024 - Sep 19, 2024


11:00 AM - 4:15 PM



United States

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Are you ready to pursue the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation but don't know where to begin? Maybe you have 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 you’ll receive a digital copy of the CAE Study Guide, 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 new CAE Exam Content Outline
  • 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.


Accessibility Features

This program provides professional live captioning by 3 Play media. If you require ASL or additional accommodations, please let us know at Learning & Meetings to request specialized accommodation for this program.


The CAE Kickoff is independent of the CAE certification program, which requires a separate application. The CAE program is governed by the CAE Commission, an independent certifying body of ASAE. In adherence to best practices for certifying bodies, CAE Commission volunteers and CAE staff are not involved in the development of any preparatory program, and no preparatory program is endorsed by the CAE Commission nor is a prerequisite to earn the CAE. The CAE Commission and its staff are solely responsible for the policies and administration of the CAE program, including application deadlines and qualification requirements.

Questions about the CAE Kickoff should be directed to Vivienne Oxford at To learn more about CAE certification, contact the CAE program at or 202-626-2759.


  • Agenda

    • All times are EDT

      Tuesday, September 17, 2024

      11:00 a.m. – 4:15 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.

      3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
      Virtual Happy Hour

      Wednesday, September 18, 2024

      11:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
      Start Thinking Like a CSE

      Explore the domains that act as lenses for executive decision-making, relationship management, and strategic thinking. Explore approaches to studying.

      Thursday, September 19, 2024

      11:00 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

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      Cancellation, Refund & Substitution Policy
      ASAE will fully refund program registrations fees in full with notifications submitted to our Member Services Team via e-mail at All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by 10 business days before the program. Requests made in writing less than 10 business days prior to the first day of the conference starting will receive a refund of registration fees minus a $75 cancellation fee. Refunds cannot be approved for 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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      Code of Conduct
      Please review ASAE’s Virtual Meeting Code of Conduct prior to participating in this program. We seek to provide an engaging, comfortable, and safe experience for each of our participants and appreciate your support in creating a welcoming environment.