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Professional Certification: Obtaining CMP Status

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Everything you ever wanted to know about the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation is covered in this session: its history, its structure and organization, and how the program has evolved. Included will be tips on the application process, studying, and how to survive test day.

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Professional Certification: Obtaining CMP Status

  1. 1. Professional Certification:Obtaining CMP Status Monique Montoya, CMP CMP Program Manager Convention Industry Council #destshow
  2. 2. About CIC• CIC is a federation of 31 trade and professional associations in the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events sector• Major CIC Programs – CMP Program – APEX Initiative (Accepted Practices Exchange) – Hall of Leaders – Economic Significance Study #destshow
  3. 3. History of the CMP Designation • Launched in 1985 by the Convention Liaison Council • “Certified Meeting PROFESSIONAL” • Strategic initiative to enhance professionalism of meetings industry #destshow
  4. 4. CMP Program Goals• Establish the level of knowledge andperformance required for certification• Recognize and raise industry standards,practices, and ethics• Drive the advancement of the art and science ofmeeting management• Elevate the profile of certified professionals #destshow
  5. 5. The CMP Designation Today•Global & Diverse Community of Professionals -More than 14,000 have been certified in 47countries -70% of CMPs are planners -25% are suppliers - 5% are Educators, Academics, Others #destshow
  6. 6. Globalization of the CMP• Internationalized exam language• Computer based testing• Regional representatives - Africa - Asia - Europe - Latin America - North America #destshow
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  8. 8. CMP Benefits• Personal achievement• Enhances professional credibility to employers,customers and peers• Validates your knowledge and expertise• Competitive advantage in the marketplace• Improved earning potential #destshow
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  10. 10. Certification ProcessApplication Candidate Exam #destshow
  11. 11. ApplicationEligibility Criteria• Work Experience• Education• Continuing ProfessionalEducation Applications reviewed byNotification sent via email 2-3 qualified CMPweeks following application assessors.deadline. #destshow
  12. 12. Certification ProcessApplication Candidate Exam #destshow
  13. 13. Candidacy• Candidate eligibility window: 1 year = 4 testing periods• Official Resources CIC Manual CIC International Manual APEX Glossary Professional Meeting – 11:45am 10:30am CIC recommends Management a minimum of 100 Official CMP Practice Exam hours of study.• Other Resources PCMA Online Prep Course Study Groups #destshow
  14. 14. Certification ProcessApplication Candidate Exam #destshow
  15. 15. Examination• Computer Based Testing at a secure testing Immediatefacility operated by Prometric preliminary score results.• 3.5 hours (4.0 hours outside of US & Canada)• 165 multiple choice questions• Situational based questions designed to testapplication of knowledge• Trick questions? No! #destshow
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  17. 17. Application Requirements• Section I- Professional Experience in the Meeting, Event,Exhibition and Hospitality/Tourism Industry• Section II- Internship or Continuing Education #destshow
  18. 18. Application Requirements – Section I Option 1: A minimum of 36 months of work experience in the industry Option 2: Candidates with a degree in meeting, event, exhibition, and hospitality/tourism management can apply after 24 months of work experience Option 3: Full-time instructors at a meeting/hospitality university with 36 months of work experience #destshow
  19. 19. Section I Information• Full time employment• Professional Experience must have beencompleted at the time of applicationsubmission• Required Documentation Resume Diploma/Transcript (if using Option 2) #destshow
  20. 20. Application Requirements – Section II Option 1: An approved internship or apprenticeship in the industry with a minimum of 200 hours Option 2: Twenty-five (25) hours of continuing education within the last 5 years #destshow
  21. 21. Section II Information• Internship - Minimum of 200 hours through an educational institution - Proof of completion• Continuing Education - Past 5 years only - CMP International Standards - Proof of attendance #destshow
  22. 22. CMP International Standards• CMP body ofknowledge• Aligned with otherinternationalcompetency standards:- MPI Meeting andBusiness EventCompetency Standards- Canadian TourismHuman Resource CouncilInternational EventManagement Standard #destshow
  23. 23. CMP International Standards Exam Domain Percentage Questions A. STRATEGIC PLANNING 16% 24 B. PROJECT MANAGEMENT 15% 22 C. RISK MANAGEMENT 8% 12 D. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 10% 15 E. HUMAN RESOURCES 3% 5 F. STAKEHOLDER 8% 12 MANAGEMENT G. MEETING OR EVENT 16% 24 DESIGN H. SITE MANAGEMENT 12% 18 I. MARKETING 11% 16 J. PROFESSIONALISM 1% 2 Total Total 100% 150 #destshow
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  25. 25. Sample Application #destshow
  26. 26. Clock Hour ExampleLength of 90 - 120 121 - 180 181 - 240 60 minutesInstruction minutes minutes minutesCEUs .1 CEU .2 CEUs .3 CEUs .4 CEUs 1.5 - 2 Clock 3 Clock 4 ClockClock Hours 1 Clock Hour Hours Hours Hours #destshow
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  28. 28. Your To-Do List • Visit www.conventionindustry.org • Download and review: – CMP Candidate Handbook Build a – CMP Application personal plan that works – CMP International Standards for you. • Review the application and exam schedules Give yourself time to prepare • Determine your “Application Ready” for date and set an “Exam Ready” goal the exam. #destshow
  29. 29. CMP Calendar Application Application Exam Appointment Exam Dates Submission Notification Registration Scheduling February 19 - May 21 May 22 – June 5 June 17 – August 8 -17 May 7 August 7 May 14 – July 30 August 13 August 14 – September 16 - November September 4 November 6 7 - 16 #destshow
  30. 30. CMP Program Fees CMP Application Submission Fee $250 CMP Examination Registration Fee $450 CMP Exam Cancellation Fee $125 #destshow
  31. 31. Maintaining Your CMP Five Years #destshow
  32. 32. Maintaining Your CMP• Recertification required every 5 years Create a CMP• Requirements folder to keep record of your – Continuing employment in continuing the industry education and industry activities. – Ongoing commitment to professional development and continuing education CMP #destshow
  33. 33. What are your questions? Contact Us Convention Industry Council 700 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 510 Alexandria, VA 22314 www.conventionindustry.org +1 571-527-3116 cichq@conventionindustry.org #destshow

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