Event Design Certificate Program
September 9, 2024
Training Event - Earn 8 Continuing Education Units

Overall Excellence Chapter Award
Michigan Chapter - 45 Years



Do you aspire to become a Certified Meeting Professional? 

Our CMP Preparation Course is your pathway to success.


Get Ready to Excel in Your CMP Exam with Our Comprehensive Preparation Course!

The MPI Michigan Chapter is pleased to partner with MSAE to provide a robust and engaging course to help candidates prepare to sit for the CMP exam. This course offers an in-depth learning experience that aligns with the current CMP International Standards developed by the Events Industry Council (EIC). The 14-week course is led by a core group of practitioners and subject matter specialists. 

Unlock Your Potential with the CMP Exam Preparation Course

Our intensive course is meticulously designed to equip you with the expertise necessary to tackle the CMP exam. From essential concepts to the latest industry trends, our curriculum covers it all:

🌐 Key Concepts and Industry Insights

📋 Event Planning and Logistics Mastery

📢 Marketing and Promotion Strategies

📚 Strategic and Ethical Considerations 

With a blend of theory and practical application, you'll be well-prepared to not only pass the exam but excel in your career.





This is an in-person course with live instruction and virtual access. While participants are strongly encouraged to attend the weekly sessions in person, a virtual link will be provided and session recordings will be made available.

Join us and embark on a learning journey that will elevate your professional standing and open doors to exciting opportunities! 


Course Fees & Registration

  • MSAE and MPI-Michigan Members:  $600
  • Non-Members:    $800

Fee includes 15 three-hour study sessions led by a core group of practitioners and subject matter specialists.  

Please note the  CMP Preparation Course registration and fees are separate from EIC's application and exam fees. 


The course begins Tuesday, October 3, 2023 and ends January 16, 2024. Sessions will be held every Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. - with exception of October 31, which will be held from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 



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Ariel Backus

Ariel Backus, MHRM, CMP, CTA

Ariel Backus has over 15 years of experience serving as a customer service and hospitality professional. She established a passion for customer service while working in the collegiate athletic atmospheres at Penn State, Saint Francis, and Auburn Universities...


Jennifer Berkemeier

Jennifer Berkemeier

Jennifer Berkemeier graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Anthropology and Social Science, with a focus on indigenous peoples. After graduating she earned a certification from American Travel School and worked as a travel agent for three years...


Jared Burkhart

Jared Burkhart, CAE

Jared Burkhart is currently the CEO of Big I Michigan, the largest association for independent insurance agents in the state of Michigan. In this position, Jared works to foster the sharing of issues, ideas, resources and best practices among independent insurance agents in the state...


Kim Corcoran

Kim Corcoran, CMP, CTA

Kim Corcoran, CMP, CTA is an experienced meeting professional that currently owns and operates Destination Michigan, where the primary focus is connecting destinations, hotels, and service providers with meeting planners...


Debbie Denyer

Debbie Denyer

Known as a creative problem solver, association executives praise Debbie for providing excellent customer service and always going the extra mile - so much so that she was named the 2022 Association Industry Partner of the year by the Michigan Society of Association Executives...


Kim Moore

Kim Moore, CMP, CTA, GMS

Kim has been actively planning events since 1983 when she planned her first wedding…her own. She has held a variety jobs all in the meeting and event field. In 2012 she moved her business from a hobby to a full-time business...


Joanna Nelson

Joanna Nelson, CMP

With 25 years of hospitality experience, Joanna has worked in a wide variety of Hotel Sales, Marketing and Operations positions with the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Corporation. Joanna began her career at Bavarian Inn just out of high school while attending college locally...


Amber Sheerin, DES, VEMM, CMP

Amber Sheerin, DES, VEMM, CMP

Amber Sheerin (she/her) is the Program and Event Director for the Michigan Library Association. She began her career in meetings and events working on the supplier side as a hotel sales manager...




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