CAEP Certification

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Certified Admission and Enrollment Management Professional Program


What is CAEP?

The Certified Admission and Enrollment Management Professional Program (Copyright © 2015 AISAP. All rights reserved) is the industry's first and only certification program for private school PK-12 admission professionals and other school leaders.  

Devised using the framework of AISAP’s Standards & Competencies for Admission and Enrollment Management Professionals, and endorsed and supported by Vanderbilt’s Peabody Professional Program, the certification framework and content supports those individuals responsible for admission and enrollment management to meet the challenges of the admission landscape as well as understand the leadership role admission plays in a school’s advancement.

Additionally, it has been created to elevate professional standards and enhance individual performance.

Earning the CAEP, CAEP-L (Leader), and CAEP-M (Master) certification is the trademark of a committed admission and enrollment management professional and those who support the advancement of the profession. Launched in January 2016, the CAEP Program serves as the catalyst for learning and demonstrating your understanding of the role admission and enrollment management plays in ensuring institutional health.

Who is it for?

  • School Leaders seeking an understanding of enrollment management and its challenges and opportunities

  • Senior and mid-level enrollment managers looking to increase their personal and professional proficiency

  • Entry-level admission professionals and those associated with admission and enrollment management seeking training and orientation opportunities

Why is it important?

Watch this brief video by Ray Diffley, Director of AISAP's Center for Admission and Enrollment Management Leadership Center.

What are the benefits?

Earning the AISAP CAEP certification serves as a distinction to all in the profession as to your understanding as well as support and commitment to the profession. This recognition will validate your skills in enrollment management, supports your value as a member of the school's leadership team, enhances confidence in the ever changing landscape of independent school admission, demonstrates your commitment to the profession of enrollment management and distinguish you from peers and other school leaders. 

What is the structure and content of CAEP? 

The CAEP Level 1 course has six modules, and each module has approximately 4 lessons.  The module topics are:

  • Module 1: Admission Basics

  • Module 2: Marketing and Communications

  • Module 3: Revenue Management

  • Module 4: Research, Data, and Landscape

  • Module 5: Retention and School Loyalty

  • Module 6: Management and Leadership.

This is an asynchronous, online, self-paced course has been designed with the necessary tools, equipment, and subject matter expertise to aid you through the six-module process. We recommend that you prepare to reserve two to three (or more) hours per module to (1) assist in pacing; and (2) to allow for consistent engagement, and (3) allow yourself time for reflection and feedback. There are no travel requirements for Level 1, as it is all done on our learning management system online.

How can I begin the process and when can I start?

Starting the process of earning and maintaining your CAEP designation is a three-part process. Candidates must first meet eligibility requirements. You will be enrolled once you pay the registration fee (see below for appropriate fee) and fill out the enrollment data form. At that time, you will be given credentials that will give you access to the asynchronistic online learning platform.

Who are the faculty members/instructors?

The Certified Admission and Enrollment Management Professional (CAEP) leverages AISAP's deep expertise in private school admission to certify the achievement of the highest standards of competence in admission and enrollment management. Meet our expert faculty.

What is the price of the CAEP Certification Program?

Announcing NEW office/group pricing for the 2017-18 academic year!

CAEP - Level 1 Member  Non-member
Individual enrollment $695.00 USD $1,195.00 USD
Group of 2 enrolling together (each) $550.00 USD $895.00 USD
Group of 3 or more enrolling together (each)   $500.00 USD
$745.00 USD
College Student* enrollment $395.00 USD (includes 1 free year of individual membership) 

*College Student is someone currently enrolled in an accredited higher education program

If you have other pricing questions, please contact Ray Diffley, Director of AISAP's Center for Admission and Enrollment Management Leadership, at

CAEP is available now; CAEP-Leader will be available in 2017.  Please note: you will have one year to complete each level of the certification process. If have questions about the program, you can email Ray Diffley, Director of AISAP Center for Admission and Enrollment Management Leadership, at  If you’re ready to begin we encourage you to click Register Now.


*To view our Cancellation and Substitution Policy, please click HERE.

CAEP Advisory Council

Christine Hailer Baker
Founder and President
The Baker Group
Doug Christiansen, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for University Enrollment Affairs,
 Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Vanderbilt University 
President of the Board, College Board
Joyce Smith
Chief Executive Officer
National Association for College Admission Counseling
Jeffery T. Wack, Ph.D.
JTWack & Company

2017-18 CAEP Certification Committee

Stephen Salvo, Chair
  Assistant Head for Advancement and Enrollment  
Trinity Episcopal School

Glynn Below
Director of Admission
Randolph School

Dawn Hopke
Associate Director of Admission
Flint Hill School

Jim Mooney
Deputy Director of the Commission, NEASC

Patrick Schuermann
Research Asst. Prof., Dept. of Leadership,
Policy & Organizations
Director of Master’s in Independent School
Leadership program
Vanderbilt University