Meeting planner accreditation goes global

Proprietors of meeting venues can now become a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) as the accreditation roles out internationally.

The CMP is a desirable title for those in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. It is the foremost qualification that recognises individuals who have achieved the industry’s highest standard of professionalism.

Meetpie reports that the administering body for the accreditation, the Convention Industry Council (CIC), is branching out of North America to revise their policy for a new CMP International Standards status.

Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, CEO of the CIC, described the changes to the title in more detail: “The resulting CMP International Standards are much more detailed than the previous blueprint,” she said.

“So it was really a matter of re-weighting the topics and adding updates that have occurred in the industry over the five years since the previous analysis,” she added.

Through the CMP program, individuals who are employed in meeting management pursue continuing education, increase their industry involvement, and gain industry-wide recognition, says ConventionIndustry.org.

The requirements for certification are based on professional experience and a written examination. Over 14,000 individuals in 36 countries and territories have earned the CMP designation since its inception.

Ms Kotowski said it was standard practice to update the the blueprint for CMP endorsement every five years and that the CIC are happy to be right on time to revise the document for new applicants.