1. What is the CMP?
The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) is an internationally recognized certification program for event planners governed by The Events Industry Council (EIC). It currently represents the standard of excellence in today’s meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.
2. What are the benefits of obtaining the CMP?
The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program aims to increase the professionalism of meeting management professionals in all sectors of the industry. Having the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation means that you are a certified event planner and that you have completed a set number of requirements to obtain that certification.
Corporate clients are more likely to hire a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) than any other event planner certification, as this signals to them that you have met the industry standard through a qualification process. The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) was put in place to:
- Identify a comprehensive body of knowledge in the meeting management profession
- Promote industry standards, practices and ethics
- Stimulate the advancement of the art and science of meeting management
- Increase the value of Certified Meeting Professionals to their employers
- Maximize the value received from the products and services provided by CMPs
3. What is the process to becoming a CMP?
The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification program is a two-part process in which you must:
PART 1. Complete the CMP application to demonstrate your eligibility
To be eligible to sit for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exam, your application must include proof of both EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION. Here are some examples of the experience and education options that must be met to be eligible to apply:
EXPERIENCE – 1 of 3 Options
- Option 1: 36 months of experience – Must be full-time work experience in the meeting, event, exhibition, hospitality and tourism industry (within the last 5 years).
- Option 2: 24 months of experience and an industry degree – Obtain an associates’ degree (or higher) in the hospitality/tourism/event management field (within the last 5 years).
- Option 3: 36 months as an educational instructor – full-time instructor of meeting, event, exhibition, hospitality or tourism management at an educational institution or university program.
EDUCATION – 1 of 2 Options
- Option 1: 25 clock hours of educational activities completed in the past five years. Eg. Face-to-face conferences, webinars (both live and on-demand), classes and individual sessions.
- Option 2: Industry Internship – This option is typically used by those who have chosen Option 2 in the Experience section of the application. The internship must have taken place in the past five years included a minimum of 200 hours of work experience with a professional organization through an accredited educational institution or university.
PART 2. Successfully pass a written examination covering the functions performed in meeting management
If your application is approved you will receive notification of your application review and instructions for registering for the exam. You will then be required to pay your examination fee and schedule your exam to become a certified event planner.
Once you’ve paid your exam fee to the Events Industry Council, you will receive instructions on scheduling your exam. The exam is offered during four “testing windows” each year (January, May, August and November). Each testing window is 10 days. The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exam is not offered every day of the year.