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.  If you are ready to begin the process, please submit an Intent to Apply so we know to expect your application.

Step #1: Application

In order to apply for the CCE, an applicant must have accrued a total of 175 or more Professional Development CCE Points.  This worksheet will help you calculate your CCE points. 

In addition, a current history of your participation in professional development activities sponsored by 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, and then Your Activity. This information will help you determine how many CCE points you have earned through ACCE activities.  Further CCE points can be earned through other educational and professional development activities, as explained further in the worksheet and application.

The application date for the CCE class of 2015 has passed.  Thank you to all who applied.  Participants must complete and submit an application by January 8, 2016 to be considered for certification in 2016.  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.  Applications may be submitted any time during 2015 for the class of 2016.  Please contact Susan McGuire with any questions or for further information.

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

Your completed application and all supporting documents should be placed into a 3-ring notebook.  You’ll need to send us 5 copies of this CCE Notebook by the application deadline.  The CCE Eligibility Requirements web page and the CCE Application Guidelines contain information outlining the materials required to be in your CCE Notebooks.  For instructions 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.  See the CCE Candidate Essay Guidelines for more details on the requirements for these 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 must relate directly to the candidate's main written essay. The interview will follow directly after the presentation 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.


By the application due date, candidates should submit 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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