Workforce Development

Associations are America’s primary source of post-college education and training. They provide expertise-driven certifications that demonstrate specialized knowledge and experience within a given sector, increase individual earning power, promote marketplace competition and boost industries and professions across our economy.

ASAE’s advocacy and coalition-building efforts focus on two federal legislative initiatives that would improve access to economically vital certifications and other credentials that associations provide:

  • Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act  – This act seeks to expand eligible uses of tax-favorable “529” savings plans to cover costs associated with workforce training and credentialing.
  • Resources and Education to Build (REBUILD) Skills Act – This act seeks to create a federally-funded Career Rebuilding Scholarship Fund to distribute scholarships to eligible individuals who incur expenses associated with certification exams or training programs.

In an effort to engage more support and advocacy for workforce development, The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Professional Certification Coalition (PCC) together established the Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition. Learn about the Coalition and how to join!

Our Position

ASAE advocates for workforce development policies with broad potential to benefit all industries, professions and workers.  Read ASAE’s workforce development policy brief for more information about the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act, the REBUILD Skills Act and our position.

Power of Associations Key Contact

For more information about Workforce Development and other ASAE advocacy initiatives and how you can get involved, contact the Public Policy team at 202.626.2703 or