The CCE Commission has found that it generally takes at least 6 years of chamber experience for a professional to gain the skills and experience necessary to become an expert at managing a chamber. It also takes about the same time for a candidate to accrue the necessary 175 professional development points to apply for the CCE.
However, in some cases, several of the required 6 years of senior-level management experience required for CCE eligibility above 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 non-chamber professional experience that may meet these qualifications, well before the application due date. 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.
There are no required reading materials; however, we do have a list of highly recommended reading materials.
YES! The chamber executive is the lead manager of day-to-day operations. While the executive does not need accounting skills, he or she should have a basic understanding of budgets; of ensuring revenues at least meet, if not exceed, expenses; and of the value of a reserve fund for tough economic times. To become a certified chamber executive, you must demonstrate an ability to read financial statements, prepare budgets, and manage the operations of your chamber. In addition, your chamber will need to undergo a financial audit.
1.5 hours – It typically takes 1.5 hours to complete the application if you have all of the required data on hand. Please contact ACCE staff if you have any questions as you complete the application; we are happy to help.
4 hours – Depending upon your writing skills, your essay can take approximately four hours to complete.
1 hour (plus preparation and travel time) - Your presentation and interview will take one hour.
4 hours (plus preparation time) – CCE applicants have 4 hours to complete the CCE exam. The exam will be administered at a CCE proctor’s office at a location convenient to the candidate. It may also be taken at the ACCE headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
You can access your ACCE event participation information on the ACCE website. To do so, log into the site on the upper right hand corner of any page of the site, using your username and password. Then click on My Account, My Membership, and then on My ACCE Activity. This report will list your recent participation history.
No, just record your chamber (or related) employment history.
To succeed as a chamber executive, you must be more than just a good lobbyist or membership director. You are also responsible for the financial health of your organization. Chamber executives across the country need to become more adept at reading monthly financial statements, guiding investment decisions, and managing the chamber's financial future. Audited financial statements will provide the commission with an independent view of the chamber's financial health.
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:
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
In support of the CCE application, each candidate must submit financial statements for the most recent two years, including at least one year of audited statements.
Good communication takes many forms, and writing is one of them. In our business, chamber executives often write letters, testimony, proposals, and position statements, to name a few. Good writing skills include being able to effectively communicate ideas. The essay required with the CCE certification helps the commission review how you think and how well you communicate in the written form.
You should begin to look at the CCE program after your 2nd year of Institute and should actually begin your application after completing the 3rd year or just before your last summer. This will put you in-line to dedicate the year after receiving your IOM to earning your CCE.
You must have a minimum of 175 points to be considered for the current CCE class.
The CCE application is designed to accommodate the diverse nature of a chamber professional’s career. Therefore, applicants may have many points in some categories yet few in others. Completing the application and totaling your points will indicate whether you are ready to submit your application for the current year.
Begin by downloading and saving the 2021 CCE application, which will help you calculate your points and gather the necessary information.
No, you may only count points for a class instructed once per an event.
Feel free to include it; however, additional points will not be awarded.
Of course! We added the most frequently attended events from our records but there are many that are not listed. Check other and list them in the space provided.
While Institute has assisted thousands of chamber executives throughout the country in improving their understanding of our business, it is not required. You may attain your continuing education points through other seminars and events.
To date, more than 475 individuals have earned the CCE designation.
A non-refundable application fee of $400 for (ACCE members)/$600 (non-members) is due with the CCE application. Once the CCE Commission and ACCE approve the award to a candidate, the final processing fee of $200 (ACCE members)/$300 (non-members) will be invoiced to the new CCE.
Please email Susan McGuire, ACCE Director of Professional Development and Programs.