Association Basics: A Practical Guide for Association Professionals

Association Basics virtual training event

Boost Your Effectiveness as an Association Professional

Given their distinct, mission-driven focus and framework, pursuing a career within an association can offer both meaningful benefits and occasional challenges and frustrations. If you aspire to enhance your efficacy as an association staff member or collaborator, dedicating time to delve into the intricacies of an association's makeup, legal standing, governance configuration, and fundamental undertakings starts with the Associations Basics training. 
“Association Basics is a must for anyone venturing into the wonderful and often complicated world of associations. I thought I knew enough about associations but this two-day course taught me more than I thought I would learn.”  

Upcoming Events

Association Basics Fall Session

Association Basics - Day 1
November 15, 2023, 12:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

Association Basics - Day 2
November 16, 2023. 10:00 AM - 2 PM EDT

Program Details

association professionals at this educational eventThe Association Basics program is delivered in two 4-hour Zoom sessions. Attendees participate in breakout rooms and use a workbook to engage and discuss topics with other association professionals. 

As a result of this virtual training, you will be able to:

  • Ascertain attributes and nuances of non-profits and associations.

  • Articulate the mission and purpose that underlie your association's existence.
  • Expand upon and analyze the fundamental initiatives, offerings, and services of an association.
  • Elaborate on the balance between financial sustainability and the fulfillment of the association's mission.
  • Explain the volunteer governance structure of an association board and its supporting committees.
  • Provide a comprehensive understanding of membership types, benefits, and engagement tactics.
  • Depict the operational intricacies of local sections and chapters functioning within the association.
  • Identify effective techniques for nurturing and supporting volunteers and their respective committees.

Registration is Closed

Thank you to those attendees who registered for the upcoming Association Basics training this November 15 and 16. This event is currently SOLD OUT. If you'd like to join the waitlist, please email the CESSE Education Manager, Sylvie Messavussu, at [email protected].


Content developed and generously offered to CESSE members by Association for Materials Protection and Performance

CAE and CMP Credits

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CMP CreditsAttendees receive 8 CAE and 8 CMP credits for participating in the workshop.