Did you know that 25% of MPI’s membership are association meeting and event planners? These meeting professionals face specific challenges that corporate meeting and event organizers do not because of their organizations’ structure, not-for-profit status and governance. They also may need to book citywide events years in advance.

MPI supports its community of 2,000 Association Planners through targeted educational offerings and social activities.

Members of the MPI Association Planner community receive all the benefits of MPI membership, plus so much more:
Free Association Planner-related educational webinars
Access to the MPI Association Planner online community
MPI Association Planner-focused education at MPI’s World Education Congress (WEC)
Invitations to community meet-ups and other social activities
Free access to the Essential Guide to Safety and Security: Best Practices for Meeting and Event Planning


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Any MPI Member who organizes or supervises teams who plan association meetings, events or educational programs is eligible to join MPI’s Association Planner Community.



Business Value of Meetings

Business Value of Meetings (BVOM) Certificate

Learn the process for measuring the business value of meetings from identifying stakeholders, implementing change management, creating goals, and measuring and reporting on results.

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Crisis Communications: Anticipate and Communicate Certificate

Today, social media is the first place people go for real-time information. It’s more important than ever to be prepared in the event of a crisis. Learn effective communication strategies that will help you design an effective crisis communications plan for your attendees and all stakeholders

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Indiana-University CMM

Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM)

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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Emergency Preparedness for Meetings & Events Certificate

Take a deep dive into incident management strategies as needed for the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from all-hazard emergency incidents. This six-hour certificate course was created in partnership with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at the University of Southern Mississippi and addresses the techniques needed to prevent and respond to all kinds of event hazards and emergencies. 

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Essential Guide to Safety & Security

According to recent studies, 53% of meeting and event organizers don’t have an event-specific crisis management plan in place. The Essential Guide to Safety and Security provides nearly 400 recommendations for safety and security best practices for meeting and events and may be adapted for meetings large or small.  

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Inclusive Event Design Certificate

This training program focuses on practical actions that event planners take to create inclusive environments for events. As part of the learning experience, participants will explore the need for inclusion as well as consider what event participants may need in order to fully participate. The actions are couched in the framework of an event planner’s role as an inclusion broker, a professional who intentionally applies various strategies to support the participation of individuals and groups.

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On-Demand Education

Watch archived educational sessions when and where it's convenient for you. These clock hour-certified courses can help you achieve or maintain your CMP or CMP-HC designation. 

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Every month, MPI produces new webinars on hot topics as well as ones specific to this community.  If you're working to achieve or maintain your CMP or CMP-HC designation, these webinars offer essential clock hours and just-in-time information. 

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