Earn Your CAE Credential

Join the Study Group

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential remains the symbol for excellence in every facet of association management. The program is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate association professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of association management.

  • It communicates professional commitment to your organizational leadership and peers.
  • It increases advancement prospects.
  • You gain a network of support and volunteer engagement opportunities within the association community.
  • It propels organizational success through shared knowledge and collaboration.

The CAE exam is offered in May and December each year.

For eligibility requirements and application info, visit ASAE CAE Certification.

DFWAE Study Group

DFWAE has a significant concentration of CAEs within its membership.  The primary goal of the DFWAE CAE Committee is to champion the CAE credential and to help as many of our members as possible to achieve this career milestone.  We are here to share knowledge, support, and encouragement with all who accept the challenge. 

The Dallas/Fort Worth Association Executives conducts a comprehensive, interactive study group twice a year. The group meets from September through November for the December exam and from January through April for the May exam. Classes are held 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at various locations throughout the metroplex depending on the location of pre-registered participants. DFW area CAE's facilitate the classes using the ASAE Allied Society CAE Study Guide.

The course covers all exam content domains leading up to the CAE Exam. Registration fee includes the ASAE CAE Study Guide and 13 facilitated education sessions.  In addition, the course qualifies for 19 CAE credits.


Session 1:     Introductions, Test Taking Skills, Test Format, Reading Schedule
Session 2:     Domain 1: Strategic Management
Session 3:     Domain 5: Leadership
Session 4:     Domain 2: Governance & Structure
Session 5:     Domain 6: Administration
Session 7:     Domain 3: Membership Development
Session 8:     Domain 8: Public Policy, Govt. Relations, and Coalition Building
Session 9:     Domain 4: Programs, Products, and Services
Session 10:   Domain 7: Knowledge Management and Research
Session 11:   Domain 9: Marketing, Public Relations, and Communications
Session 12:   Recap of All Domains: Q&A, Discussion
Session 13:   Practice Exam Questions, Final Discussion, Go Get 'Em!

 CAE Approved Provider   DFWAE is a CAE Approved Provider. Every program that we offer which qualifies for CAE credit will clearly identify the number of CAE credits granted for full participation.