What we do

Established in 2001, The Club Management Association of Europe (CMAE) is a non-profit making professional association with Members involved in the management of Clubs located throughout Europe, the Middle East & Northern Africa. Our multinational and multicultural Members hold management positions within the Club industry across a variety of Clubs which include Golf, Tennis, Sailing, Rowing, Rugby, Leisure & Fitness, City and Dining Clubs.

The CMAE unifies 13 national associations and has in excess of 4000 Members across 40 Countries.

The CMAE provides Members with a structured education programme, called the Management Development Programme (MDP), which is a series of 6 educational courses all designed to help Club Industry staff Members, Supervisors and Managers become more informed, perform better at their jobs and help them progress on their career path in Club Management. Within the MDP there are two levels of certification available, the Club Management Diploma (CMDip) and the Certified Club Manager (CCM). 

Our Mission

  • Advance the profession of Club Management throughout Europe, the Middle East & Northern Africa.
  • Promote best practice in the Club Industry.
  • Provide a certification programme which recognises and rewards those Club Managers that can demonstrate the highest standards of knowledge and competence in Club Management.

Our Vision

To be the leading organisation delivering club management educational programmes with the relevant certification and accreditation opportunities


Our management Development Programme is the leading club management training programme in Europe & the Middle East


CMAE offers certification that is globally recognised in the club management industry worldwide


The CMAE family consists of club management professionals and like-minded individuals from over 40 countries