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Joanne Dennison’s Meeting and Event Intensive Two Day Class

July 21, 2018 - July 22, 2018
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
110 Schanck Rd
Freehold, NJ
Kelliann Cooper

Learn how to be better at what you do ---and further your career

Earn Contact Hours for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Application or Recertification

Dates: Saturday, July 21 and Sunday 22, 2018    
Time each day: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Dress: Casual
Location:  iPlay America, 110 Schanck Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728.  Free parking. Train: NJ Transit, Mattawan/Aberdeen (15 minutes away)

Joanne is an educator. Because of that the first and foremost purpose of the class is about learning to be a better professional in the meeting and events industry (planner or supplier), and applying it when you go to work the next day. Yes, people have even taken the class who were not sitting for the exam just for the learning experience!  Class hours count toward the CMP CE application hours. For many attendees it is also about “getting” a grasp on the material in a strategic, situational and conceptual way to pass the CMP exam. The exam is no longer about memorization. It is about thinking, planning and acting strategically. The questions are no longer definition based, but situation based (“You are at your meeting and….”). The topics that are covered are emphasized according to importance and relevancy to the CMP-International Standards and the proportion to how they are used in the exam.

There is also a “Pay Once, Take Twice” option where you can come the first time to get you on your way for preparing.  Then, if you choose, find a future class that fits your schedule and take it at no additional charge.

Joanne shares information that is not on the exam, but she feels that you should know and can use. She also does share study tips and test taking tips for those who are preparing for the exam. Some of the tips also count in “real life”.  Participants also share their experiences as part of the learning.  

Joanne has taught her multi-day class more than 30 times since 2000. She has also taught other sessions both for her own company and for many organizations such as MPI, RCMA, and Smart Meetings Magazine. Classes have been held throughout the US along with Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Thailand and China. She is also an educator at many industry meetings and in corporate organizations.

Joanne passed the exam in 1996 and has re-certified three times, most recently in 2016. She also has attended the CMP Conclave multiple times to learn the most up-to-date information about the CMP program most recently in September 2017.

By registering for this class you also receive two free “Guiding” sessions, each lasting approximately 1 ½ hours. These can be used for many things including help in determining “What’s Next?” in your career. 

Registration Fee for MPI Members: $500      
Non Member Registration Fee: $550
Click here to complete the registration form

Hotel: There are many hotels within 15-30 minutes near iPlay America. Book early! It is summertime at the New Jersey shore.

You must attend the entire class to receive all 16 contact hours.
Questions? Please email Kelliann@TheMeetGuide.com


EIC (Convention Industry Council)- Information about CMP

For information about the CMP-International Standards

For information on how to apply see

After you are approved to sit you have up to a year to take the exam (4 testing cycles). The exam cost $450.

The next exam period after this class is:
August 2 – 13, 2018

Required Referenced Books for Studying –Purchasing from EIC Marketplace
.  Prices do not include shipping and handling
CIC Manual, 9th Edition 
Hard copy: $99.95 USD, e-book format: $69.95 USD, Hard copy and e-book combo discount: $150 USD (must be purchased at same time to receive discount)
APEX Glossary, 2016 Edition
:  $35.00 USD
Professional Meeting Management, (PCMA Manual), 6th edition:
$110.00 USD

NOTE: The Timothy S Y Lam Foundation has recently established the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Scholarship for those approved to sit for the CMP exam. For more information on the scholarship requirements, submission schedule and to download an application, visit https://www.timothysylam.org/cmp-scholarships/


MPI New Jersey Chapter Attendance Policy: 

All Essential Level members or non-members are limited to no more than two events in one fiscal year and must pay the Essential Level/Non-member rate.

MPI Preferred or Premier Level members are welcome to attend all chapter events at the Member Price.

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