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Professional Designations

The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Program

Setting the Standard of Excellence


Through the CMP Program, individuals who are currently employed in meeting management have the opportunity to pursue continuing education, increased industry involvement and industry-wide recognition by achieving the CMP designation. The requirements for certification are based on professional experience and academic examination.

The elite CMP community now numbers in the thousands, with representatives in every sector of the industry -- from corporations and associations to governmental and institutional organizations.   

The CMP certification program is a two-part process in which you must complete the CMP application to demonstrate your eligibility, and then successfully pass a written examination covering the functions performed in meeting management.

You may apply for the CMP at any time. Once approved, you have one year to take and pass the CMP exam before you have to reapply. Eligible applicants are notified via email from CIC. Candidates have one (1) year from the time that they are notified of their eligibility to pay the exam fee and take and pass the examination.

The CMP examination is administered at secure testing centers. Here are some local testing offices:

PROMETRIC TEST CENTER 5330 Primrose Drive Suite # 200 FAIR OAKS, CA 95628

2203: PROMETRIC TEST CENTER 2295 S. Virginia Street #16 RENO, NV 89502

There are also testing centers in San Jose, San Francisco and Fresno. To view a list of all the testing center, click here.


2018 Testing Windows

Testing windows are 10 days and offered four times a year.  Scheduling for the test is allowed 6 months prior to the test.

May 4-13, 2018CMP and CMP-HC
August 3-12, 2018CMP
November 2-11, 2018CMP and CMP-HC


For more information on requirements, applications, deadlines and other exam locations visit the Events Industry Council's CMP page.

CLICK HERE for the CMP Certification Handbook


Current MPISSN CMP Study Group Leaders:

Marcia Durst, CMP
Durst Event Strategies

Heather Tanfani, CMP

If you’re thinking about taking the CMP exam, join the MPI/SSN 2018 study group orientation on February 1 at 5:30 pm with evening meetings every other week from February through May. Email the group facilitators Heather Tanfani at or Marcia Durst for orientation details.


The Five Best Reasons to Join the MPI/SSN Study Group

  • Help organize your study material and break it down to manageable modules
  • Get tools and tips on studying and sitting for the exam
  • Learn about MPI scholarships for application and exam fees
  • Improve your test-taking skills with practice questions and mock-exams
  • Get support from your peers!


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Important Resources to prepare for the CMP exam:

CMP Practice Exams

Purchase Study Materials


CMP Recertification 

Recertification applications must be completed through your online EIC profile. EIC will no longer accept paper applications and all materials must be submitted online. Just login to your EIC account, document your recertification requirements and, when your recertification is due, submit your application for review. Click here for more information.

Download the CMP Recertification Handbook

Special Recertification Notice:

To recertify your CMP designation, your application must include proof of both EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION. Visit the EIC website for complete details.


The Global Certification in Meeting Management (CMM)

The CMM offers senior level meeting professionals the opportunity for:

  • Education in strategic thinking and acting,
  • Global certification and industry recognition,
  • Potential career advancement,
  • Senior-level networking community.

You may already be a part of strategic management within your organization or have the potential to be recognized as contributing substantially to an organization's bottom line. If so, the CMM designation offers you the potential to make substantial additional progress in this endeavor. It also offers you the prestige that accompanies a premiere, worldwide designation in the meetings industry!

By focusing on management issues critical to advancing in the meeting industry, the course can benefit all senior meeting and event professionals-whether you seek the prestige and career rewards that come with the CMM designation, or the training in senior management processes and inspiration that improve your strategic planning skills.

Through a four-step process, candidates progress deeper into strategic thinking and acting. These steps include acceptance into the program and successful participation in an educational journey through the following three aspects of the program:

Part I   PRE-RESIDENCY - Active participation in an MPI learning group using technology and various reading assignments;

Part II   RESIDENCY - Attendance at an intense four-½ day residency program in a campus-or conference center atmosphere with participation in a group case study and individual examination;

Part III   POST-RESIDENCY - Completion of a post-residency business project.

More information about the CMM program is available from MPI.


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