CAE Updates: Approved Provider Program, Enforceable Standards of Conduct

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 [email protected] by February 1, 2013.