Many planners know about the CMP. It's probably the most recognized designation in the U.S. in our industry. I have colleagues that earned their Masters in business only to go on and get a CMP because they felt it was more relevant and more recognized.
The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation has been earned by more than 14,000 people in 36 countries. It's administered by the Convention Industry Council and requires three years of industry experience and a full-time job in the field. Re-certification is required every five years.
Here are some other education opportunities, should you wish to pursue a higher level in your career.
The Certification in Meeting Management. Administered by Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the CMM is a global certification focusing on the strategic business end of meetings. There are only about 700 CMMs out there and most are not in the U.S. But it's a worthwhile endeavor as it looks at how our work really impacts the economy as a whole. You need to have been in the industry 10 years to apply. Once you get it, you do not have to re-certify.
The Certified Special Events Professional. The CSEP is overseen by the International Special Events Society (ISES) and requires three years experience. There are about 275 CSEPs and they need to be re-certified every five years.
Just this year, the Virtual Edge Institute announced its first ever certification program, offering the Digital Event Strategist certification to train and certify event marketers, meeting and learning professionals, trade show and conference managers as digital strategists. The program will launch this June at the PCMA Educational Conference.
What designation helps you the most in achieving recognition?