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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 2021 the year you earn your Certified Meeting Professional designation. The Events Industry Council (EIC) states: "According to a recent industry survey 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 CMP 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 demonstratable responsibility for meeting outcomes and results plus 25 clock hours of meeting management education in the last 5 years.

Starting in August 2020, the EIC will offer the exam throughout the year rather than during specified quarterly testing periods.  In addition, candidates will be able to take the exam at a testing center or remotely (ie - in their homes). Full details about these new procedures are available at the EIC website:

With hard work and dedication, you can make your dream come true in 2021!



Achieving the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation shows 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 33 meeting and hospitality industry organizations. See for full listing. 





  • 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 professionals they are.
  • Commitment: Successful completion of the certification process conveys that certified meeting professionals are 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



Meeting Professionals with:
36 total months of full-time work experience in the meeting, event, exhibition, hospitality and tourism industry within the past five years  


Applicants with an associate degree (or higher) in hospitality/tourism/events management field may apply after two years of work experience provided both were accomplished in the past five years. 


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 with a minimum 200 hours of work experience

"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



Candidates who have begun, or completed, the application process to take the CMP Exam and who plan to participate in a CMP Study Group should be aware of the dates shown in the table below. The first step to joining a study group is to attend the Info Session followed by the Start-Up Session the following week. Weekly study sessions will follow as noted.




The CMP Study Group Info Session, Start-Up Session, and weekly study sessions are currently being conducted virtually via Zoom. These sessions are not recorded and are not available on demand. In order to participate, please contact Connie or Gregg in order to obtain the link to join.



Anyone interested in pursuing the CMP designation should go to the EIC website ( and review all posted information including the 2020 CMP Candidate 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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