CMP Exam Joins 21st Century

CMPSometimes it seems like just yesterday and other times it seems like eons ago when I got my CMP. I think it’s the most recognized designation in the industry. It sure was a big deal when I took it. In reality, it’s been about 10 years since I earned my designation.

I prepped for the Certified Meeting Professional exam by taking weekly classes through the local MPI chapter and by attending a study group that some of my classmates and I organized. Everything seemed so important.

When the day came to take the exam, we used pencils and filled in little bubbles on a sheet, just like I had done in high school for the SATs. These days, when I receive calls from CMP wannabes for preparation advice, I ask, “Is the test still fill-in-the-bubble?” Until now, the answer has always been yes.

My, how time flies. A decade ago Internet sensations like Twitter and Facebook were not common place (if they existed at all). And unless you had email at work, you probably didn’t have a computer at home and if you did, your email was done by dial up.

Starting this year, July 2012, the Certified Meeting Professional exam will finally become computer-based. I don’t know why it took so long to join the 21st century, but I guess it doesn’t matter. It’s just good that the Convention Industry Council (CIC), in partnership with Prometric, has decided to make the test electronic.

The change happens to coincide with regular update of the CMP exam and the introduction of the CMP International Standards, making the CMP a bit more globally relevant.

Not that I’m a fan of taking tests – of any kind – but I’d love to see how the new CMP exam plays out on a computer.

What do YOU think of the new CMP exam?

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