TSAE CAE Study Course

TSAE offers a Study Course, sponsored by Visit Austin, twice a year to help professionals prepare for the Certified Association Executive (CAE) exam. An experienced CAE leads the discussion as the group explores the nine (9) domains of association management and works through sample exam questions. Participants can also receive audio recordings of the sessions. It is a great way to ask questions, find study partners and earn 23 CAE hours.

The Spring 2019 CAE Study Course begins January 30.

You must submit your application to ASAE by February 22 if you are planning to take the May 3, 2019 exam.


Spring 2019 CAE Study Course:

January 30 - April 17, 2019
Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
TSAE Office (Austin) or conference/video call
First time: $445 TSAE Member; $545 Non-member
Retake: $225 TSAE Member; $325 Non-member

Study Course includes:

  • Kick-off Orientation lunch (see below)
  • Weekly meetings to review practice questions and content with experienced CAEs and peers
  • 23 CAE hours*
  • Audio recordings of meetings
  • Access pre-made digital flash cards to assist in exam prep
  • Sit through mock exam
  • 2015 Study Guides available for checkout to the first 10 registrants thanks to our sponsor Visit Austin.

*CAE hours may only be earned once through the study course. Credit hours are applied to your TSAE record after full course is completed. You may only apply hours for those courses attended prior to the February 22 exam application deadline.

Register for Study Course

Trouble registering online? Call 512-444-1974.

Kick-Off Orientation

NEW for 2019, our Study Course will kick-off with an extended orientation. Meet your fellow aspiring CAEs, hear study and test taking tips from current CAEs and ask questions about the process (lunch provided).

January 30, 2019
12:00 – 3:30 pm
Norris Conference Center
2525 W Anderson Ln #365, Austin, TX 78757

Not sure if you’re ready to sit for your CAE? Join the Kick-Off Orientation only. If you’d like to learn more about the CAE exam and study course before you sign up, you can attend the kick-off event only for $30 (includes lunch and 3 CAE hours). Register for Kick-Off Orientation only >>


Helpful Links

Eligibility Requirements

Download a CAE application

Candidate Handbook

Exam Content Outline

Order "CAE Study Guide: Preparation Reference for the Certified Association Executive Exam"  

Core Resources list from ASAE

Download a CAE renewal application 

Visit the ASAE CAE Information Page for more information

Upcoming Exam Dates and Deadlines

Friday, May 3, 2019 exam 
Application deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019

Friday, December 6, 2019 exam
Application deadline: Friday, September 27, 2019

The application fee is $500 for ASAE members and $750 for nonmembers.

CAE Study Course Sponsored by:


TSAE 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, and we will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies.