• Join the growing community of high-performing CAEs from across the country and around the world. You’ll learn, expand your professional network, and implement new strategies to your work through the CAE Program.

    The Certified Association Executive (CAE®) is the only fully online program, in Canada, that leads to a professional designation in not-for-profit leadership. Designed to meet the needs of leaders in a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive market, CAE courses provide critical transferable skills overlaid with sector specific knowledge.  

    CAE Students are:

    • Not-for-profit professionals who are currently employed or hold volunteer positions 
    • Executives, senior managers, and staff who have assumed increasing responsibilities
    • Employees who are interested in growing their confidence, career and network 

    CAE Program Description

    Based on core not-for-profit management subjects the CAE® Program is a suite of five online, 12 week courses and a capstone project or certifying exam. The full program can be completed in as little as 20 months.

    CAE Program Delivery

    All courses and the exam for the CAE Program are offered in a flexible online format with no required travel. Course participants have the opportunity to collaborate with peers and instructors through online discussion forums. Students need a computer with a reliable internet connection to participate.  

    In 2024, CSAE introduced a redesigned learning pathway for the CAE designation, organized around the five competencies for association executives. For information about the original vs. restructured program, click here.

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