Accreditation and Certification

AMC Institute Accreditation
Administered by AMC Institute, AMC Institute Accreditation is recognized and supported by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership and is based on the ANSI Standard of Good Practices for the AMC Industry. ANSI requires that the standard be reviewed and updated regularly to remain an approved standard. Measurable performance practices include contracts and service delivery; employee recruitment, training and professional development; and financial management and internal controls, among others. AMCs must earn re-accreditation every four years, demonstrating to an independent outside auditor that they continue to meet the standard. 

Clemons & Associates, Inc. was also Accredited by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Association Management Company Accreditation program for the period July 27, 2001 until dissolution of the Accreditation program, effective December 31, 2010.  The program was designed to elevate professional standards and designate firms that demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of association management. The ASAE AMC Accreditation program assists the association community by identifying the standards and criteria that are indicative of quality management service providers. 

Certified Association Executive (CAE)
Cal Clemons and Crista LeGrand both hold the CAE credential from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.  Less than five percent of all association professionals have earned the CAE.

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience in nonprofit organization management; complete a minimum of 75 hours of specialized professional development; pass a stringent examination in association management and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management.