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CCE Eligibility Requirements

Applicants are required to have at least six years of senior-level chamber management experience and be currently employed in a senior-level chamber management position.  In order to be considered a senior level manager, the applicant must manage a staff, a budget, programs, and have direct contact with the board.

In some cases, several of the required 6 years of senior-level chamber management experience may be satisfied by senior-level management experience in other membership organizations or other highly relevant professional experience. Eligibility determinations are made by the CCE Commission on a case-by-case basis. Contact ACCE staff if you believe you have professional experience that may meet these qualifications, before submitting your application. In all cases, an applicant’s most recent two years of eligible experience must be at a chamber, and the applicant must currently be employed in a senior-level chamber management position.

Applicants must also adhere to the CCE code of ethics. Earning the CCE designation is a four-step process outlined in the Process for Earning the CCE Designation.

CCE Code of Ethics

  1. Engage in activities that are in the best interest of the community.
  2. Demonstrate inclusive practices.
  3. Develop professional skills, knowledge and relationships necessary to be an effective leader in the community.
  4. Serve and represent the organization and community responsibly.
  5. Proactively advance the chamber profession.
  6. Exemplify the highest level of professional integrity.
  7. Serve as a visionary leader.
  8. Contribute to the financial soundness of the community and organization.
  9. Practice legal methods in all personal and professional decisions and activities.
  10. Demonstrate professional excellence in all organization management practices.

Supporting Documents Required with the Application

  1. Application
    The printout of your completed application
  2. Financial Statements
    Chambers of eligible CCE candidates must have conducted financial reviews, prepared by a certified financial firm, for at least the three most recent previous years before the candidate applies for the CCE, consistent with the schedule below. In support of the CCE application, each candidate must submit financial statements for the most recent 2 years, including at least 1 year of audited statements.

    Chambers with revenue below $500,000 must:
    - Conduct an annual review by a certified financial firm
    - Conduct an audit every three years

    Chambers with revenue at or above $500,000 must:
    - Conduct an annual review by a certified financial firm
    - Conduct an audit every other year

  3. Chamber Strategic Plan
    Two plans or updates, for the two most recent years in which they have been prepared 
  4. Chamber Annual Business Plan or Program of Work
    Two plans or updates, for the two most recent years in which they have been prepared
  5. Chamber Annual Reports
    Reports from the two most recent years
  6. Your Position Description 
    The description of your duties at your current chamber
  7. Chamber Organization Chart
    A current chart of your chamber’s organization structure
  8. Personnel Manual 
    The most current version of this manual
  9. Annual Budget 
    - Current year
    - Last year
  10. Resume 
    Your resume including your present job experience
  11. References 
    You must provide 5 references: one CCE, preferably from your state, two community leaders, and two volunteer chairmen or presidents within the last four years. Information with respect to these references is provided on the CCE application form. Do not exceed 5 references.
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