Association Basics: A Practical Guide for Association Professionals

Association Basics virtual training event

Registration for April and May Sessions is Now Closed

We have reached capacity for our April 26–27 and May 17–18 sessions. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in being placed on a waitlist. 

  • Wednesday, April 26 | 12 pm–4 pm ET
  • Thursday, April 27 | 10 am–2 pm ET
  • Wednesday, May 17 | 12 pm–4 pm ET
  • Thursday, May 18 | 10 am–2 pm ET

Boost Your Effectiveness as an Association Professional

Given their unique, mission-driven nature and structure, working for an association can be exciting and rewarding - and also challenging and frustrating at times. If you’re looking to improve your effectiveness as an association employee or partner, investing time to deepen your understanding of the composition, legal status, governance structure, and core activities of an association is perhaps the fastest way to achieve your goal.
“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.”  

Program Details

association professionals at this educational eventThe Association Basics program will be delivered in two 4-hour Zoom sessions. Attendees will 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:

  • List the unique features of non-profits and associations compared to other types of companies.
  • Describe the mission and purpose of your association.
  • Describe and analyze the core programs, products, and services of an association.
  • Explain the need to find a balance between “margin” and “mission.”
  • Explain the volunteer governance structure of an association board and its supporting committees.
  • List the types of membership, benefits, and member engagement.
  • Describe how local sections and chapters operate.
  • Identify effective techniques for supporting and working with volunteers and their committees.

Association for Materials Protection and PerformanceContent 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.