Category: Association Industry 101

How Do You Create an Association?

Associations offer benefits to their members and the groups that they support. Centered around a common cause, this type of organization helps groups of people grow and adapt within their field with the support of similarly-focused individuals. But what if there isn’t an association that’s focused on your specific interests or cause?  For those looking […]

You Failed Your CAE. Now What?

To many in the association industry, earning your Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential is the end-all-be-all marker of a successful and committed businessman or woman.  In fact, The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) says so themselves. “The Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential is the marker of a committed association professional who has demonstrated the […]

What Is a Standards Association?

From manufacturing and technology to the medical industry, there are standards that organizations and members are required to follow. But who establishes them? The answer is standards associations. These organizations develop, publish and enforce voluntary technical standards that impact our daily lives.  But what does that role look like in practice, and what are the […]

Everything You Need to Know About Association Management Companies

For purpose-driven organizations, the most critical question for boards is often how do you do more with less? One answer for many associations is hiring an association management company (AMC). These companies are designed to help manage the day-to-day operations of an association while also providing them with access to staff, software and resources that […]

What You Need to Know About Association Committees

When it comes to associations and nonprofits, there is no shortage of volunteer opportunities. However, few roles have as significant an impact as serving on an association committee. These groups work as an extension of the board of directors and are tasked with anything from day-to-day operations to major initiatives that can change the course […]

Everything You Need to Know About Boards of Directors

In an association, you likely have staff and an executive director or CEO who handle day-to-day operations. So what does the board of directors do? Put simply, they control the overarching strategy and direction of the association. But who are they, how were they chosen and what does their role actually entail?  Here is everything […]

Association Newcomer: Exploring Roles & Career Opportunities

Whether you’re looking to make a difference in an industry or simply want to be a part of a mission-driven organization, career opportunities in the association space can satisfy that need. But if you’ve never heard of the industry – and trust us, there are plenty who haven’t – how do you get started and what jobs […]

How Do You Get CAE Credits?

For association professionals, credentials are the pinnacle of success – and nothing says you made it quite like adding CAE to your bio. The Certified Association Executive certification is one of the highest standards in the association management industry and requires passing an exam and a dedication to continuing education.  So how do you get it, […]

Association Newcomer: Understanding Organizational Structures

Organizational structures vary depending on the association. While there are some organizations with hundreds of employees representing huge industries, others are almost entirely volunteer-led and represent a regional or highly specialized profession.  What’s important to remember is that the size of the staff is not as important as the structure and efficiency with which the […]

Association Newcomer: Types of Associations

The association world is an eclectic industry filled with organizations of all shapes and sizes, in just about every industry and with different goals and focuses. However, most organizations often fall into one of three categories – professional, trade and social.  In our second association newcomer post, we’ll dive into these different types of associations […]

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