Posted on: September 14, 2015

Joe McClary CEO


The International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET), an educational standards organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe McClary, CAE as Chief Executive Officer. He will assume responsibilities on September 14th.

Most recently McClary was the CEO of the Kentucky Association of Realtors, Kentucky’s largest trade association. He was influential in writing and passing some of the most important professional education legislation in the past two decades that expanded and improved mandatory continuing education requirements for the state’s real estate licensees. From 2001 to 2012, McClary served as the first Executive Director of the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC) which is an organization that develops distance learning standards recognized primarily in the United States and Canada. In his role with IDECC, McClary worked with more than 400 professional education providers located across the globe. McClary has earned the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives and is experienced as a college instructor, high school teacher and adult educator. He also has multiple graduate level degrees in the field of education.

IACET President Dr. Sandra Williams said, “The IACET Board of Directors has a strong desire to strengthen our commitment to our members, and to lead high quality continuing education in the global arena by setting the international standard for the corporate education and training. Joe was selected to direct our organization forward both strategically and operationally due to his diverse leadership skill set, his footprint in international training, and his passion for educational excellence.”

McClary commented that, “With increased globalization and a world that is growing ever more complex, embracing a high standard for lifelong learning in the continuing education and training space is a critical component of a society’s success. I’m excited to be part of an organization like IACET that is setting that high standard.”

IACET’s mission is to advance the global workforce by providing the standard framework for quality learning and development through accreditation. IACET’s history includes development of the original Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and creation and maintenance of the ANSI/IACET Standard for Continuing Education and Training. More about IACET can be found at

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