Process to Earn Your CCE

4 Steps to Excellence

Earning the CCE is a four-step process. Candidates are required to successfully complete each step with a minimum score in each category to earn the designation. Candidates will be informed of their status after each step and counseled regarding the results. All information is confidential.

Step #1: Application

(A current history of your involvement in ACCE can be found by logging into on the main page.  In the upper right hand side of the page you will see a box of items, click My Account, then Your Membership, then Your Activity. This information will help you determine how many CCE points you have earned.)

Professional Development Points Worksheet

Participants must complete and submit an application by December 5, 2014 to be considered for certification the following year. You are required to have a minimum of 175 points to apply. The application requires that you submit documentation of professional activities. It is recommended that the applicant complete the program within one year. Participants not completing the program within three years will be required to re-apply.

Upon ACCE's receipt of the application, the applicant will be subject to a reference check. The reference check is intended to assure that the applicant is highly regarded by the chamber(s) he/she has served. References will only be notified that the applicant plans to pursue the designation within a three-year period. They will not be informed as to the examination date or final results.

Application and Notebook Instructions

The CCE Eligibility Requirements page features a guide outlining what materials are required to be in your CCE Notebook, including the application, supporting paperwork, and personal references. For instruction on how to properly fill out your CCE Application, follow the instructions outlined in the CCE Application Guidelines.

Step #2: Essay

Upon successfully passing the application process, participants are required to write two essays. 

The first essay, which we refer to as the "main essay",  is based on one of the core chamber management areas: – management, planning and development, membership and communications, and operations.

The second essay, which we refer to as the "financial essay",  is to be written on the subject of fiduciary responsibility. In this essay the candidates must explain the chamber’s internal accounting procedures which are designed to protect the board of directors as the board executes its fiduciary responsibility.

Step #3: Oral Presentation/Interview

A panel composed of three members of the Certification Commission evaluates the oral presentation/interview. The candidate's presentation should be no longer then 10 minutes and it must relate directly to your main written essay. The interview will follow direclty after the presention and should last no longer than 45 minutes. The purpose of this step is to assess the candidate’s communication and leadership skills, as well as to clarify any information submitted in the application.

This event will take place in conjunction with the ACCE Board Meeting (dates, times, and location TBA).  All candidates must be present for this event or risk not being able to proceed to the next step.

Step #4: Examination Process

Applicants who have successfully completed all of the previous steps will be eligible to take the examination. The examination consists of questions related to key areas of chamber management and takes approximately four to six hours to complete. The date and location will be provided only to those candidates eligible to take the examination. Applicants who score at least 80% on the examination will be considered for certification.

Candidates approved for certification by ACCE's board of directors will receive the certification award at the ACCE Annual Conference.


Candidates should submit with their notebook a non-refundable application fee of $400 for ACCE members; $600 for non-members.

CCE Application Payment Form 

Once the Certification Commission & ACCE approves the award to a candidate, the final processing fee of $200 for ACCE members; $300 for non-members will be invoiced to the new CCE.

CCE signifies the highest quality of performance in chamber management. So, take the next step to earning the designation. Submit the Intent to Apply Form  to alert ACCE that you intend to pursue your CCE. Once you alert us, you will be paired with a CCE mentor to serve as your contact throughout the process.

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