As a professional association, CETABC is governed in accordance with an Operational Framework it formally adopted on October 14, 2010 and subsequently revised on May 15, 2014.  Providing structure and transparency to CETABC activities, the Framework outlines rules and procedures concerning membership, the election and mandate of its Board of Directors, the appointment of Committees, and requirements for meetings and record keeping.

An Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association is held each May.  Following reports by the President, Treasurer, and Committee Chairs of activities during the previous year, the Board of Directors for the ensuing year is elected. The Board comprises nine officers, including President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Past President, and four Members at Large.  As much as possible, the CETABC Board is reflective of its members in terms of regional diversity as well as institutional size and type. Directors hold staggered two-year terms.

In addition to its AGM, CETABC hosts at least one general members' meeting each year. CETABC Committee work occurs year-round and is the driving force for achievng the association's key initiatives.