Professional Designations - CMP
The Certified Meeting Professional Program
Benefits of obtaining the CMP designation:
- Authority to use the CMP designation on letterhead, business cards and all forms of address.
- Receive a certificate attesting to your achievement and free subscriptions from the Convention Industry Council (CIC) to two newsletters: The CMP Update and THE CMP NEWSLETTER.
- Recognition: your name will be released to the press and, if you wish, your employer will be notified by the CIC of your achievement of the meeting profession's highest designation.
- Professional Development: increased knowledge of all aspects of meeting management is gained during preparation for the CMP examination.
Who should work toward the CMP designation?
You should apply for a CMP designation if you have:
- At least three years of meeting management experience,
- Current employment in meeting management, and
- Responsibility and accountability for the successful completion of meetings.
Why should you work toward the CMP designation?
- The recognition from your peers within the industry as well as those with whom you work.
- CMPs are highly visible. They are raising industry standards and increasing the respect and prestige of the meeting profession.
- Studies show CMPs earn up to $10,000 more annually than non-CMPs.
How can you apply?
Download the Application Kit
A summary of costs:
Application Submission Fee
Examination Registration Fee
(payable each time exam is taken)
If you plan to study independently, most of the recommended reference materials are available through the MPI bookstore. Call 1-972-702-3044, or visit the online MPI Bookstore to take a look at, or purchase, the materials.
The CMP Application and Examination
CMP applications are evaluated by the CMP Board shortly after the application deadline. The application is based on a point system. Points are awarded for meeting management experience, responsibilities and education. Additional points are accrued by having membership(s) in professional meeting management organizations and making contributions to the profession. The application can be self-scored for assessment of sufficient points.
The CMP examination is 3 1/2 hours and includes 165 multiple choice questions on the functions a meeting professional must perform. These functions are listed in the CMP application kit with a range in number of examination questions for each function. An independent testing agency manages the test as it is computer-based.
For more information about the CMP designation/exam, please contact the Convention Industry Council at www.conventionindustry.org.
CMP 2012 Handbook