Professional Credentials

Professional Credentials: Learn more about the CAE Program, QAS Program and Institute of Organization Management (IOM)

Certified Association Executive

Are you thinking about sitting for the CAE exam and become a Certified Association Executive? Below are a few details about the CAE designation and resources available to you.

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation has become the pinnacle to strive for among association professionals nationwide. 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.

MSAE CAE Prep Course: The Michigan Society of Association Executives provides CAE Prep Courses, and as a TNSAE member, you may register for these programs at the member rate. Download the MSAE Brochure for more information on the 2021 MSAE online and in person CAE programs. Just be sure when registering to mark that you are a TNSAE member so that you receive the special pricing. 

***TNSAE Scholarship Sponsored by Parthenon Management Group:

The TNSAE CAE Scholarship is designed to assist an association professional in gaining the American Society of Association Executive (ASAE) designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE). Recipients of the scholarship will receive up to $1,000 to defray the out-of-pocket expenditures related to taking the CAE, including the application fee, study course registration, and the standard CAE study materials. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and further develop a sense of professionalism among executives and staff of Tennessee associations, and encourage association executives to study for the CAE credential.

      **Deadline: Monday, January 10, 2022**
      Announcement of Scholarship Recipient: Jan. 31 in conjunction with the Annual Meeting and Awards Program. 
      Application: Click here


New Education Program: Qualified Association Specialist
An Affordable Educational Program on the Principles of Association Management

The Qualified Association Specialist (QAS) Certificate Program gathers seasoned experts from around the country to present a comprehensive overview of the many facets of working in, or with, an association. This program is perfect for young (or new) professionals in the association industry who want to better understand the many facets of their organization.

The Comprehensive Overview of the Key Areas of Association Management includes:

  • Organization Types & Management Structures
  • Board Governance & Volunteer Management
  • Financial Management & Budgeting
  • Administration & HR
  • Legal Issues in Associations & Risk Management
  • Marketing, Communication & Crisis Management
  • Social Media & Online Communities
  • Membership Recruitment/Engagement/Retention
  • Meetings, Conference, Trade Shows
  • Non-Dues Development & Training Program
  • Public Policy & Government Relations
  • And More!

Our members get the member rate for this program with coupon code: TNSAEQAS-SAE


Institute for Organization Management (IOM)

The Institute for Organization Management was designed to enhance individual performance, elevate professional standards, and recognize association, chamber of commerce, and other nonprofit professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of nonprofit management.

Additionally, the curriculum is tied to the CAE and CCE bodies of knowledge, allowing participants to earn credit for an industry certification in one simple step.

Its curriculum, comprised of four weeklong sessions, is taught by university professors, industry experts, and leading practitioners in the chamber and association industries. Each session is five days long and is offered at five locations across the country annually; allowing participants to choose which site or time of year best fits their schedule.