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Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

MPI is a proud supporter of the Convention Industry Council’s Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Program.

MPI assists your preparation for this important career milestone in several ways:

  • The CMP Study Kit, offered through MPI's online store, provides you with all the material you need to prepare for the exam. The kit includes three study guides and an APEX glossary.
  • A complete listing of MPI chapters with designated chapter contact names and contact information is available online.
  • If you plan to study independently, most of the recommended reference materials are available through the MPI Store. Visit the online MPI Store to purchase the materials where you receive a discount as a member of MPI.

What is the CMP?

The CMP is the foremost certification of the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry; and the program recognizes individuals who have achieved the industry's highest standard of professionalism. Established in 1985, the CMP credential benefits meeting professionals through:

Recognition: As the premier industry certification, the CMP distinguishes holders as career professionals who have demonstrated a high level of experience, skill and knowledge.

Competitive Advantage: The designation conveys credibility to a meeting professional's opinions and ideas, both at work and in the greater meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.

Peer Acceptance: CMPs are immediately recognized by other CMPs as fellow professionals committed to the advancement of the profession.

Salary Enhancement: CMPs can use the certification as a competitive advantage when it comes to negotiating salaries and other business.

Personal Achievement: After passing a rigorous application and examination process, CMPs express a profound sense of personal achievement at finally being regarded as the exceptionally skilled professional they are.

Commitment: Successful completion of the certification process conveys that the certified meeting professional is committed and goal driven in their career.

For fee and application information, please visit the Convention Industry Councils website or email at cichq@conventionindustry.org.

How is the CMP different from the CMM?

The Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) in no way affects the status of the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation. In a totally non-competitive posture, the CMM is structured to complement the CMP designation. Whereas the CMP is more tactical in nature, the CMM focuses on strategic initiatives and executive decision-making.