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MPI Georgia CMP Study Group

What, Why, Who, When, Where And How?

For more information on the CMP process or to be notified when the next CMP Study Group is forming, please contact:


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CMP Study Group Committee Chair:
Connie Bergeron, CMP
Site Selection Solutions, Inc.
C: 404-819-0891


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CMP Study Group Vice Chair:

Gregg S. Lauer, CMP
C: 404-796-4228


Do You Have a Dream? 

Have you been hoping for a key to take your career to the next level, enhance your earnings and bring you recognition for your hard work? Do you have a dream of showcasing your excellence and capabilities as a Meeting Professional?  MPI Georgia may have just the program for you. We invite you to consider making 2020 the year you earn your Certified Meeting Professional designation.  The Events Industry Council states: "According to recent industry recent conducted by PCMA, meeting planners who hold the CMP earn (on average) more than $10,000 annually than their non-certified counterparts."

The body of knowledge included in the references suggested by the EIC to prepare for taking the CMP Exam contain excellent tools and helpful information to "polish" your performance in meeting and event management. With the support of planners and suppliers as a participant of MPI Georgia's Study Group, you will find structure and encouragement as you work to reach your goal.

Requirements for applying to take the CMP Exam have been dramatically streamlined. CMP candidates must have a minimum of 3 years of demonstrable responsibility for meeting outcomes and results plus 25 clock hours of meeting management education in the last 5 years.

There are four Study Groups per year.  The next opportunity to join a Study Group will be for the Q2 Exam Dates. You have until early January to earn 25+ clock hours of education prior to the next Study Group. If you would like to be contacted when the Q2 Study Group is forming, please email and

You may find additional details at the following link: 

With hard work and dedication, you can make your dream come true in 2020!


Achieving the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) status designates candidates have demonstrated they have mastered the body of knowledge of the meetings industry.


The CMP program is administered by the Events Industry Council, which is supported by 31 meeting and hospitality industry organizations. (See for the full listing)



Why become a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)? From the EIC web site, those who obtain the CMP designation mention their motivation includes:

  • Recognition: As the premier industry certification, the CMP distinguishes holders as career professionals who have demonstrated a high level of experience, skill and knowledge.
  • Competitive Advantage: The designation conveys credibility to a meeting professionals opinions and ideas, both at work and in the greater meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.
  • Peer Acceptance: CMPs are immediately recognized by other CMPs as fellow professionals committed to the advancement of the profession.
  • Salary Enhancement: CMPs can use the certification as a competitive advantage when it comes to negotiating salaries and other business.
  • Personal Achievement: After passing a rigorous application and examination process, CMPs express a profound sense of personal achievement at finally being regarded as the exceptionally skilled professional they are.
  • Commitment: Successful completion of the certification process conveys that the certified meeting professional is committed and goal driven in their career.


"I decided to get my CMP to continue my education as well as increase my credibility in the meetings and hospitality industry. Achieving certification has connected me to an entire community of CMPs allowing me to broaden my professional network and increase my visibility."

- Erica W. Muddiman, CMP
Senior Manager of Sites and Contract Services
Meeting Expectations



Meeting Professionals with:
Three years of work experience in the industry (with some exceptions)


Applicants with a degree in meeting, event, exhibition, or hospitality/tourism management may apply after two years of work experience


Full-time instructors who have taught for three years in a meeting/hospitality university program


Who have completed twenty-five clock hours of continuing education within the last 5 years that can be attributed to specific aspects of the International Standards or Completion of approved internship/apprenticeship in the industry.

"Obtaining the CMP designation has been one of my goals for a number of years and I am proud to display the designation next to my name. A CMP brings a proven track record of continuing management experience and expertise and proves the commitment to ongoing education, outstanding service, and ethical behavior."

-Kimberly Schwab CMP
Events Manager



MPI Georgia Chapter's Key Dates for future CMP Study Groups include:

If you are planning to take the CMP Exam in August 2020, MPI Georgia's CMP Study Group Committee will have a virtual Information Session for CMP candidates at 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 16, 2020.  Candidates who have begun, or completed, the application process to take the CMP Exam and who plan to participate in the CMP Study Group should definitely participate in the Information Session.  Please email Connie ( or Gregg (at to obtain the link to next week's CMP Information Session.  More information on the CMP designation is available at



We're always looking for host venues for CMP Study Group programs in metropolitan Atlanta.



Anyone interested in pursuing the CMP designation should go to the EIC website and download both the CMP Application and the CMP Handbook. Application requirements and fees may change, and the study materials are also regularly updated.


Current Fees Include:

CMP Application Submission Fee: $250 USD
Exam Registration Fee: $475 USD

The Application Fee is good for one year and is nonrefundable. The Exam Registration Fee must be paid each time a candidate takes the CMP Exam.


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