The Convention Industry Council (CIC) launched the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program in 1985 to enhance the knowledge and performance of meeting professionals, promote the status and credibility of the meeting profession and advance uniform standards of practice.
Today, more than 12,000 individuals in 34 countries have earned this designation, which is based on professional experience and a rigorous examination. A CMP designation shows that an individual is dedicated to the profession; it also conveys expertise in planning, managing and executing successful meetings and events.
Those who are interested in earning their CMP often participate in study groups to prepare for the required application and formal examination. Study groups are commonly formed in local chapters of MPI and PCMA, and other CIC member organizations.
How to Become a CMP
The CMP certification program is a two-part process: complete the CMP application ($225 fee) followed by a written examination that covers the functions performed in meeting management ($450 fee). Examinations are typically scheduled two times each year (spring and winter) and also during the IMEX Show held annually in Frankfort, Germany.
To quality for application eligibility, individuals must earn a minimum of 90 points out of a total of 150 points from the following:
- Experience in meeting management (35 points max)
- Management responsibility (50 points max)
- Education and continuing education (25 points max)
- Membership in a professional organization (10 points max)
- Professional contribution to the field (30 points max)
The CMP examination is pencil and paper based and is comprised of 165 multiple choice questions. The examination contains 150 operational questions (scored) and 15 non-graded questions (referred to as pre-test questions). And it is only offered in the English language.
Pre-test questions are newly written or revised questions. These questions are included on the examination in order for CIC to obtain statistics on the performance of each question. Non-graded (pre-test) questions are inserted randomly through out, are not labeled as pre-test and do not contribute to a candidate's score. Pre-testing allows CIC to remove any problematic questions and add only valid and reliable questions to the examination question bank.
The examination blueprint (effective January 2007) is categorized into 5 domain areas, 49 tasks and 230 knowledge topics. The five domain areas include the following:
- Strategic event planning process (24%)
- Financial and contract management (20%)
- Facilities and services (18%)
- Logistics (20%)
- Programs (18%)
CMPs are required to renew their certification every five years. To be recertified, CMPs must earn a minimum of 60 points on the recertification application ¡V there is no exam required. All points claimed must be earned within the past five years, since the date of initial CMP certification or last renewal. Therefore it is important that you keep track of all your activities each year even after receiving the CMP.