Letter From the Chair: CAE Commission Reaches New Milestones in 2011-2012

By: Sal Martino, CAE

In the past year, the CAE Commission has made important improvements to the Certified Association Executive program that will make it easier for candidates and certificants to find exam sites and identify continuing education programs that qualify for CAE credit.

It has been my honor and privilege to serve as the chair of the 2011-2012 CAE Commission. As my time as chair comes to a close, I'd like to share some of the fantastic achievements and milestones of the CAE program this past year.

The CAE program continues to maintain accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Accreditation assures candidates, current CAEs, and associations that the CAE certification program continues to meet industry standards. Accreditation validates the integrity of the program and is a mark of quality and a sign of commitment from ASAE and the CAE Commission toward the program, its certificants and stakeholders.

The CAE Commission remains committed to working with local, state, and regional societies of association executives to make it easier for candidates to access the exam. The required number of candidates for an established site was lowered from five to three. For those candidates not near an established site, the professional testing center option remains. We hope that this will help ease the financial and logistical burdens that may have hindered candidates from taking the exam.

Another change to note is the revision on CAE credit calculation. The CAE Commission has modified and revaluated the current credit system to more accurately reflect education hours. Please refer to the "CAE Credit Rules Updated" in this newsletter for more information.

At last year's Annual Meeting, we welcomed 138 new CAEs to the program. Please join us at ASAE's 2012 Annual Meeting & Expo in Dallas to meet and congratulate the newest CAEs. For all new and returning CAEs, make sure to join our group on LinkedIn!

As always, we continue to look to the future and for ways to improve the CAE program. One way we hope to improve the program is through the new CAE Approved Provider Program. This will make it easier for candidates and certificants to identify providers of qualifying credits. More information on the Approved Provider Program will be released when the program is introduced later this year.

Also in process is a list of enforceable behaviors for CAEs to augment ASAE's Standards of Conduct. As always, your input on the CAE program and policies is welcomed and encouraged and can be submitted to [email protected].



Sal Martino, CAE, is CEO at the American Society of Radiologic Technologists in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and chair of the 2011-2012 CAE Commission. He Email:  [email protected]