Association Basics: A Practical Guide for Association Professionals

Wednesday, November 30 | 12 pm–4 pm ET
Thursday, December 1 | 10 am–2 pm ET


The November 30–December 1 Event is Now Full

We have reached capacity for the upcoming Association Basics training event. If you'd like to be placed on a wait list or if you have any questions, please contact Education Manager Sara Dethloff.

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Association Basics will return in Spring 2023. 

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 an association's composition, legal status, governance structure, and core activities is perhaps the fastest way to achieve your goal.

“Being new to the Association sector, I did not have a lot of basic knowledge about the Nonprofit area but this course was very helpful! I now have a basic understanding of the in's and out's of Association life and have more confidence at my job!”

Program Details

“The level of engagement and interaction was great! A good balance of presentation, open discussion, and small group interactions.”

Program DetailsThe 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 an association's core programs, products, and services.
  • 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 Credit

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Attendees receive 8 CAE credits for participating in the workshop.


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