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Six Tips & Suggestions to Prepare for the CAE Exam

I’ll be honest—when I committed to becoming a Certified Association Executive (CAE), I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

I knew that there were a number of requirements—five years or more of experience in association management, 100 continuing education credit hours, adherence to a code of ethics, and, oh yeah, something about a test?

It wasn’t until a several hundred page study guide landed on my desk that I realized what exactly I’d gotten myself into.

After several months of studying, I sat for and passed the (four-hour, 200-question) CAE exam in December 2014, joining the ranks of approximately 4,000 association professionals who hold the credential.

While I am certainly no expert in all things CAE, there are a few key takeaways for anyone preparing for this exam: