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Meeting and Business Event

Competency Standards

Welcome to the future of the meeting industry. For decades, we have been asking for a metrics by which to measure our worth, a criteria to inform our curricula, our conference content and our certifications. Now it’s here.

A product of several international boards, governmental bodies, task forces and (of course) MPI, the Meeting and Business Event Competency Standards provides something the industry has long been lacking—a detailed catalogue of the skills needed to be a meeting professional. The digest contains 12 major categories (strategic planning, event design, site management) and 33 individual skills (develop mission and goals, engage speakers, design site layout)—which are, in turn, informed by sub-skills.

The entirety comprises some 100-odd pages that define the core of the meeting industry—and finally give professionals across the globe a shared set of career standards.The Convention Industry Council, which is currently revising its industry-recognized CMP exam, is already moving to incorporate the competency standards into the test’s final version early next year. (A newly international edition of the CMP will debut at WEC).

Meanwhile, a faculty group funded by the MPI Foundation is developing an MBECS-based curriculum guide for two-, three- and four-year programs to be released later this year. And if you’re thinking that this document won’t affect you and your career, you’re mistaken.

Download the MBECS here. For a print-friendly version, click here.

MBECS Curriculum Guide

The MBECS Curriculum Guide provides ideas and tools that help educators and university deans with relevant and quality programming for the benefit of their students, their institutions and the meeting profession.

The guide benchmarks existing programs and courses against globally recognized industry standards and helps schools develop new programs and courses that help learners meet industry expectations. It outlines approaches and provides templates, samples and other resources to help instructors select content, define the appropriate breadth and complexity of that content, develop competency-based learning outcomes and design appropriate teaching and assessment strategies.

Download the whole MBECS Curriculum Guide and Appendices here. Or just the parts you need below.

WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK. Help us make the MBECS and Curriculum Guide more effective. Email Jessie States with your comments and suggestions.

More on the MBECS

Use these standards to:
  • Learn more about the industry
  • Recognize and promote your skills to employers and clients
  • Plan, implement and evaluate meeting and business events
  • Enhance your performance
  • Increase your job mobility across industry occupations and countries
  • Plan your professional development
  • Plot your career path
Use these standards to:
  • Identify members’ training needs
  • Develop programs that are consistent and globally recognized
  • Seek recognition for the skills and knowledge required by industry professionals
Use these standards to:
  • Benchmark existing programs against industry standards
  • Develop programs that are consistent and globally recognized
  • Create new vocational qualifications
  • Explore areas for research in meeting and business event management
Use these standards to:
  • Learn about meeting industry knowledge and skills
  • Determine if the meeting a industry matches interests and skills
  • Identify your learning needs
  • Determine which educational programs meet those learning needs
Use these standards to:
  • Identify workforce needs
  • Define job requirements
  • Write job advertisements
  • Create job descriptions
  • Assess potential employees
  • Plan learning and development activities
  • Assess employee performance and provide feedback