Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP)

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1. What is the CGMP?

The Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) is designed for planners and suppliers whose work is governed by the rules and regulations of the federal government. Individuals who have earned their CGMP have obtained the highest designation available that is specifically for government meeting professionals.

Governed by the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP), the CGMP is recognized in the hospitality industry; many government contracts now require planners working under contract to have their government certification. In order to take the Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) class and exam, you must be a current member of SGMP for at least 6 months.

2. What are the benefits of obtaining the CGMP?

In addition to demonstrating your commitment to enhancing your government expertise and to improving the quality of your meetings, earning your Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) has numerous benefits for your career and for your employer.

If you are a government event planner, having the CGMP designation means:

  • you will earn the highest designation available that is specifically for government meeting professionals
  • you will have a clear and thorough understanding of the rules and regulations that affect government meetings
  • you will demonstrate to your agency the dedication you have for your craft
  • you will stand out against your peers without the designation for your knowledge of government meetings
  • you will bolster your career advancement opportunities within your agency
  • you will increase the exposure/importance of the government market within the meetings profession
  • you will hold a competitive advantage vs. those without a designation for knowledge of government meetings
  • you will be better positioned to build more revenue for your company

3. What is the process to becoming a CGMP?

To become a Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) you must complete a class and examination administered by the SGMP.

Everyone who takes the course must be an SGMP member. You must be a member in good standing for six months to participate in a Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) class and exam, but this requirement can be waived for new members with more than one year of experience in the hospitality industry.  The $595 registration fee includes the three-day training sessions, the CGMP manual and the exam that is administered on the morning of the fourth day. In order to sit for the exam, you must attend all three days of the course.

Course Material Fee
CGMP Class & Exam $500
Required CGMP Manual $95

[For more information on how to schedule your CGMP class and exam CLICK HERE.]

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