The Convention Industry Council, (CIC), the governing body of the CMP designation, announced this month that the CMP Board of Directors has approved a revised CMP Blueprint, to be called the CMP International Standards.
This "body of knowledge" defines and categorizes a summary of the skills and abilities a meeting professional needs to posses to be a successful CMP in his or her field.
The CIC says the Blueprint is updated every five years. This time, however, The CIC partnered with the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC), which recently defined its own International Competency Standard for event management.
The CIC also took into consideration MPI's Meetings and Business Events Competency Standards. Combining all of these aspects creates a CMP that will be more global, a strategy that makes sense for the CMP program as it moves forward as other countries look to the CMP certification as a means to provide legitimacy to work forces outside the United States.
Applicants will see an emphasis on industry experience and education and the new Blueprint will most likely go into effect after the January 2010 exam. Additionally, and appropriately so, the CMP exam will move to computer-based testing in 2012, making it even more accessible globally.
The CMP globalization project is supported in part through a grant from the MPI Foundation.