Earn Your CMM. 
Gain Your Seat at the Table.

Earning your Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) shows the world that you are ready to assume a leadership role as a meeting professional. This intensive three-part executive program packs the highlights of a world-class MBA program into a long weekend (3.5 days), followed by eight hours of advanced-level online coursework and a final project focused on solving a real-world business problem.

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According to a recent MPI member survey, the average salary of a meeting professional with a CMM is roughly $20k/year more than members with a CMP and nearly $30k/year more than members with no credentials. 

Once you’ve earned your CMM, you may use the designation indefinitely; there is no renewal requirement. Because the CMM coursework is equivalent to 25 clock hours of CMP-IS-approved education—the same amount required to attain or renew the CMP designation—many  elect to complete their CMM coursework first, using those hours to earn or renew their CMP status.


Program Objectives

  • Develop a data analytic strategy to measure and report on the business performance of your meeting or meetings portfolio
  • Explore communication strategies to better explain to stakeholders the value of aligning business goals and meeting(s) objectives
  • Gain exposure to financial statements and how business transactions affect organizational decision-making
  • Discuss the basics of building a budget, then analyze the difference between actual results and budgeted performance
  • Identify how to apply best practices to mitigate risk and limit liability through legal or contractual avenues
  • Apply a deeper understanding of strategic negotiation and sourcing to influence outcomes and impact the cost, quality and performance of your meeting(s)
  • Explore new models for optimizing process improvement and policy/regulatory compliance
  • Gain insight into personal management styles and the skills necessary to be successful when managing teams, suppliers and outsourced services
  • Demonstrate leadership in change management through creation and analysis of a work-based case project

What you'll learn

Taught by faculty from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, the CMM program is one of the most intense and rewarding educational experiences available to meeting professionals – one that has a 98% approval rating from past program participants.


CMM Program Cost

CMM Program Registration Fee:

2,499 per person for either MPI or GBTA members.

$2,999 for non-members.

Enrollment in the CMM program includes:

  • 3.5-day program
  • All program course materials
  • Online Boot Camp

The MPI Foundation has CMM Program scholarships available to MPI members in good standing.

Application requirements

To apply, submit a resume that shows you have at least seven years of professional experience in the meeting and event or business travel industry with a minimum of three years of management experience with two years of profit and loss responsibility. You will also be asked to provide a personal statement of interest and a letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or supervisor.

Required documents:

  • Resume
    Resumes should be up to date, including your current role and must clearly demonstrate: 
    • 7+ years of professional experience in the meeting and event or business travel industry 
    • 3+ years of management experience
    • 2 years of profit and loss responsibility

  • Letter of Recommendation 
    Letters of recommendation should be written by a professional colleague or supervisor, appear on official company letterhead, and clearly state the candidate’s suitability for the CMM program.

  • Personal Statement 
    The personal statement provides candidates with an opportunity to tell their story from a perspective that may not easily be gleaned from the resume. In the past, candidates have chronicled their experience in the industry, recapped their resume, discussed how they plan to use the knowledge acquired in the CMM program, and explained how the CMM is a natural next step on their career path.

Once your application is approved, you will be able to complete the registration process. Registration deadlines typically are a full month prior to the program start date, so plan ahead. Once approved, you have 24 months to choose a cohort to attend. We offer the CMM at least twice annually.

Scholarships are also available through the MPI Foundation. Are you ready to take your seat at the executive table?

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"The CMM Program is the pinnacle of management training for those interested in taking their careers to the next level. It is an experience that leaves you energized to improve personally and professionally, and to inspire change within your organization and the industry."
-Taya Paige, CMM



"CMM is a credential any legitimate meeting professional should work toward completing. The training will set you apart and hotels and other vendors in the industry may respect you more for these three initials behind your name."
-Tyrrell Joiner Eiland, CMM



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