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CMP Study Group

What, Why, Who, When, Where And How?

What?

Achieving the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) status designates candidates have demonstrated they have mastered the body of knowledge of the meetings industry.

 

The CMP program is administered by the Events Industry Council, which is supported by 31 meeting and hospitality industry organizations. (See http://www.eventscouncil.org/ for the full listing)

 


Why?

Why become a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)? From the EIC web site, those who obtain the CMP designation mention their motivation includes:

  • 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 professionals 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.

 

"I decided to get my CMP to continue my education as well as increase my credibility in the meetings and hospitality industry. Achieving certification has connected me to an entire community of CMPs allowing me to broaden my professional network and increase my visibility."

- Erica W. Muddiman, CMP
Senior Manager of Sites and Contract Services
Meeting Expectations


Who?

Meeting Professionals with:
Three years of work experience in the industry (with some exceptions)

or

Applicants with a degree in meeting, event, exhibition, or hospitality/tourism management may apply after two years of work experience

or

Full-time instructors who have taught for three years in a meeting/hospitality university program

AND

Who have completed twenty-five clock hours of continuing education within the last 5 years that can be attributed to specific aspects of the International Standards or Completion of approved internship/apprenticeship in the industry.

"Obtaining the CMP designation has been one of my goals for a number of years and I am proud to display the designation next to my name. A CMP brings a proven track record of continuing management experience and expertise and proves the commitment to ongoing education, outstanding service, and ethical behavior."

-Kimberly Schwab CMP
Events Manager
Fiserv 


When?

MPI Georgia Chapter's Key Dates for future CMP Study Groups include:

2018_CMP_Prep_Schedule
Due to the Exam Dates starting on January 1, 2019, the CMP Information Session for the Q1 2019 Study Group will be scheduled for the week of September 17, 2018. All CMP candidates interested in the Q1 exam dates should plan to attend and need to RSVP to Connie Bergeron, CMP and Gregg Lauer, CMP. Their contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

 


Where?

We're always looking for host venues for CMP Study Group programs in metropolitan Atlanta.

 


How?

Anyone interested in pursuing the CMP designation should go to the EIC website and download both the CMP Application and the CMP Handbook. Application requirements and fees may change, and the study materials are also regularly updated.

 


Current Fees Include:

CMP Application Submission Fee: $250 USD
Exam Registration Fee: $450 USD

The Application Fee is good for one year and is nonrefundable. The Exam Registration Fee must be paid each time a candidate takes the CMP Exam.

 


For More Information on the CMP process or to be notified when the next CMP Study Group is forming, please contact:

CMP Study Group Committee Chair:
Connie Bergeron, CMP

President
Site Selection Solutions, Inc.
T: 770-955-1611
C: 404-819-0891
connie@siteselectionsolutions.com

 

CMP Study Group Committee Vice Chair:
Gregg S. Lauer, CMP

Sr. Director, Event Management
Equifax
Direct: 404-885-8936
gregg.lauer@equifax.com

 

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