American Public Works Association Executive Director Scott Grayson Earns Certified Association Executive Credential

KANSAS CITY, MO. – July 9, 2018 – The American Public Works Association (APWA) Executive Director, Scott D. Grayson, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the highest professional credential in the association industry. The CAE credential is the marker of a committed association professional who has demonstrated the wide range of knowledge essential to managing an association in today’s challenging environment.

To be designated as a CAE, an applicant must have a minimum of three years of experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management. More than 4,300 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential.  The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

After completing the required 100 hours of specialized development training, Grayson sat for the 200-question, four hour-long exam on May 4, 2018. The exam covers 159 competencies and 9 knowledge domains. The domains include: 1) Strategic Management, 2) Governance and Structure, 3) Membership Development, 4) Programs, Products and Services, 5) Leadership, 6) Administration, 7) Knowledge Management and Research, 8) Public Policy, Government Relations and Coalition Building, and 9) Marketing, Public Relations and Communications.

 “Although I have worked in the association industry for over 30 years, I continue to learn new things every day I come to work. Studying for ASAE’s CAE exam, provided me with an additional opportunity to read about association and non-profit management in a variety of important areas. This knowledge base has provided me with the tools I need to help lead our organization into the future.” said Executive Director Grayson.

“The APWA Board of Directors congratulates our Executive Director, Scott Grayson, for this outstanding accomplishment. We asked Scott to obtain this credential, and he has accomplished it in a very short period of time. This designation proves what we have learned as a Board; Scott is an exceptional talent, and APWA is better because of his dedication and leadership.” said APWA President William “Bo” Mills, Jr., PWFL.
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About APWA
The American Public Works Association ( is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 30,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.

About ASAE
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 40,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,200 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit