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Certified Meeting Professional

What is a CMP?
A CMP is a Certified Meeting Professional. If you have the drive, ability and dedication that it takes to earn the Events Industry Council’s Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation, you will join a select group of peers worldwide who have worked to attain this high level of excellence and achievement. The CMP designation recognizes those who have achieved the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industries’ highest standard of professionalism. Those who are currently employed full time by an association or organization in a meeting or event planning position should consider this certification.

How can becoming a CMP help you?

  • Become a more effective meeting professional 
  • Stay on a schedule and develop an examination skill set
  • Interact with other meeting professionals who are interested in earning their CMP
  • Experience distance learning with conference call technology
  • Learn meeting and event planning practices you will need throughout your career

Recommended Reading from EIC

1. CMP International Standards 
2. Convention Industry Council Manual, 9th Edition
3. Professional Meeting Management, 6th Edition, edited by Glen C. Ramsborg, Ph.D.
4. Convention Industry Council, Industry Glossary, 2016 Edition

Detailed Information on the CMP Application and renewal process, please contact the Events Industry Council at (202) 376-1190 or

2018 Testing Dates

  • January 19-28, 2018
  • May 4-13, 2018
  • August 3-12, 2018
  • November 2-11, 2018

Applications must be submitted online. Approval takes 3-5 weeks upon submission and is valid for 1 year

Preparing for the CMP

Preparing for the CMP exam is crucial for your success. KSAE is partnering with the Michigan Society (MSAE) to offer a virtual study group at the member rate. (Make sure to indicate you're an KSAE member to get the discount!)

CMP Virtual Prep Course

Begins in March for August Exams
For over a decade, MSAE has successfully helped candidates achieve their CMP designation through a classroom setting. This online, in-depth learning experience aligns with the most current CMP International Standards and prepares candidates for the CMP Exam.

*Applicants can use approx. 10-13 CEs on CMP Application (Varies on Application Submission date)

*This session has been approved by the Events Industry Council’s (EIC) CMP Preferred Provider Program

The study group meets twice monthly by conference call for 5 months to prepare for the August exams. All calls are recorded and accessible later if you miss one or want to review domains. The course includes CMP mentoring, several practice tests and a full practice exam.

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CMP Resources

Eligibility Requirements

Prep Materials

Recertification Requirements

CMPs must recertify every five years to maintain the credential.

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