Boost Your Effectiveness as an Association ProfessionalAssociation Basics virtual training event

Given their unique, mission-driven nature and structure, working for an association can be exciting, rewarding, yet challenging and frustrating at times. If you are 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 begins 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 Sessions

May 2024 Session

June 2024 Session

Day 1 | May 1, 2024 | 12pm - 4pm ET

Day 2 | May 2, 2024 | 10am - 2pm ET

May Session Early Bird Deadline: April 3, 2024



Day 1 | June 5, 2024 | 12pm - 4pm ET

Day 2 | June 6, 2024 | 10am - 2pm ET

June Session Early Bird Deadline: April 17, 2024



Please contact us if you're interested in joining the waitlist


Program Details

association professionals at this educational event

The Association Basics training 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. The training is led by experienced association professionals in the CESSE community.

  • Early Bird Rate: $175
  • Regular Rate: $195


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

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

Space is Limited

If you’re new to the association world, don’t miss this new CESSE training opportunity to learn the ins and outs of working for an association. Once registration has closed, we will open a waitlist. If you have any questions, please email Member Services at [email protected].


CAE and CMP Credits

As a result of attending, participants will receive 8 CAE and 8 CMP credits. Content developed and generously offered to CESSE members by the Association for Materials Protection and Performance

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CMP Credits