The CAE examination is fair but challenging, designed to assess the ability of test takers to apply fundamental knowledge to scenarios drawn from real-world association management challenges.
The CAE Exam Content Outline is updated every five years and is based on research and input from subject-matter experts for a job task analysis study conducted in 2013-2014. The updated outline, which applies to CAE exams through the May 2020 exam, reflects the increasing sophistication of association executive considerations, including a broadening of business models beyond membership, and increased competencies in brand management, diversity and inclusion, and globalization.
The outline presents 159 competencies organized into nine knowledge domains. To provide candidates with authoritative materials on these topics, the CAE Commission has identified several CAE Core Resources.