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MPI New Jersey Member Certifications

Our membership has been resourceful during the pandemic and many have used the enforced downtime to learn new skills or enhance existing strengths.  The meetings industry has offered additional certification opportunities in all aspects of planning including logistics, registration, virtual and hybrid events.  In addition, training and certifications are now available in new skills that will be helpful to the meetings industry as we return to live meetings post-pandemic.

MPI-NJ  strives to connect industry leaders with specific needs with our members who offer the service and/or credentials needed.  We contacted our members to ask them to share  their skills and certifications and the responses are below.  All members listed on this page are willing to be contacted for services and/or assistance related to these certifications. 

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Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) EIC Logo 2

The CMP certification is a mark of excellence in comprehensive events management. Certification opens the door to better and more opportunities. Client expectations for meetings are higher than ever and recruiters and prospective employers recognize CMP certification in the growing industry. 

Certified Members:

Gary Titunick, CMP

Frank Fricano, CMP

Beth Briant, CMP


Certified TIPS Trainer tips logo

This training course, focuses on various issues specifically related to serving alcohol at restaurants, hotels, bars, and other establishments, which can also include private parties and on-premise liquor license holders where alcohol is served by the drink. Valid for three years upon completion, the course covers such topics as how to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving among those to whom alcohol is sold or served.

Certified Members:

Frank Fricano, CMP


Covid-19 Compliance Officer (CCO) hes

As film, commercial, music video, and photo shoots begin to open up across the country, a need has emerged for a new crew position: COVID-19 Compliance Officer (CCO). 

Shoots are often places where food is shared, people work closely with one another, and social distancing is often not possible. We have designed this non-union class to inform producers, coordinators, production assistants, and 1st ADs about on-set protocols related to COVID-19 as well as provide tools and resources for the new COVID-19 Compliance Officer (CCO) position.

Certified Members:

Adele Perkins, CCO

Lori Battista, CCO


Cvent Supplier Professional Certification cvent-logo-HI-Res

This certification is for hospitality professionals who want to prove and expand their digital skills by optimizing their venue's profile to attract more group business in the Cvent Supplier Network (CSN).

Certified Members:

Kristin Neglia


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Digital Event Strategist (DES) pcma

Earning the Digital Event Strategist certification will give you the tools to:
Plan, produce and measure digital and hybrid events from start to finish
Monetize digital events through fresh pricing and sponsorship strategies
Evaluate and choose the most sophisticated tech solutions
And more!

Certified Members:

Kim Cowperthwait, DES 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate South FL

Participants will learn how building and growing a workforce that includes differing races, religions, ages, genders and sexual orientations, and persons with disabilities can not only improve broad society issues but can also help companies develop novel business practices, increase revenue, and improve performance. While the certificate is well-suited for human resources professionals and C-suite leaders, organizers designed the program for people across levels and across industries.

Certified Members:

Lucinda Crain


Event & Meeting Management Fundamentals (EMMF)ELI-Logo-Long

If you’re looking to become an event or meeting planner, or you’ve been planning events for a while but never got proper training, this is the ultimate course for you. Here you’ll get a thorough understanding of how events work, why people and companies host events, how the industry is configured, and how to strategically plan and coordinate a typical event from A to Z. This course will cover the role of events in today’s world, budgets and goals, workflow management, venue selection and negotiation, room layouts and seating formats, food and beverage, entertainment and speakers, design and decor, transportation and logistics, registration and check-in, hybrid meetings, apps and technology, basic lighting, audio visual, and more.

Certified Members:

Lucinda Crain, EMMF


John Hopkins COVID-19 Tracing Coursera 1

The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly. The job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world, with some new positions open to individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent.

In this introductory course, students will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2 , including the infectious period, the clinical presentation of COVID-19, and the evidence for how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from person-to-person and why contact tracing can be such an effective public health intervention. Students will learn about how contact tracing is done, including how to build rapport with cases, identify their contacts, and support both cases and their contacts to stop transmission in their communities. The course will also cover several important ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. Finally, the course will identify some of the most common barriers to contact tracing efforts -- along with strategies to overcome them.

Certified Members:

Lucinda Crain


Pandemic Compliance Advisor (PCA) hes

As face-to-face (F2F) meetings begin to reopen amidst COVID-19, the need to implement new safety protocols has emerged. To operate F2F meetings responsibly during a pandemic, it is vital that we take action to ensure participants, suppliers, and staff are protected within the scope of our meetings from contracting or spreading a communicable disease. Going beyond the basics of social distancing, mask-wearing, and frequent hand sanitization, there are myriad considerations to cultivate safe environments.

The responsibilities of the Pandemic Compliance Advisor (PCA) whose duty is to ensure that these safe practices are implemented, communicated, and effectively carried out throughout the entire meeting cycle. Whether you plan to serve in this role, delegate, or contract coverage, this course will help you to ensure best practices for the safest execution of your F2F meetings.

Certified Members: 

Lori Battista, PCA

Lucinda Crain, PCA

Kim Cowperthwait, PCA

Adele Perkins, PCA

Gary Titunick, PCA

Rebecca Wakefield, PCA


Pandemic Meeting & Event Design Certificate ELI-Logo-Long

While risk has always been a part of our events, the novel coronavirus pandemic has tested all assumptions we have made on risk planning as an industry. As events start to come back into live formats, rethinking the on-site event strategy and design is critical not only to surviving in the short-term but creating a sustainable model for the future.

In partnership with MPI, this brand new and timely course will assess the current environment and map new ways to prepare your event strategy, design, execution, and evaluation – no matter what comes next. From risk management to venue protocols; contract clauses to user experience; food and beverage to marketing, we cover the areas most impacted by the pandemic to help you develop and design well-informed, future-forward events. 

Certified Members: 

Lori Battista


Pandemic On-Site Protocol (POP) ELI-Logo-Long

Pandemic On-Site Protocol Training is ideal for any and all on-site event staff – including volunteers, vendors, suppliers and production crews. Going beyond cleaning protocols, this training covers risk mitigation, internal and external team operations, venue operations and guest logistics, including situational awareness, handling and de-escalation tactics – to ensure a safe environment for on-site staff and guests.

Certified Members:

Adele Perkins, POP

Lucinda Crain, POP


Post-Crisis Hospitality Management Certificate South FL

The program, consisting of seven classes and called the Post-Crisis Hospitality Management Certificate program, will be held online and comes with a certificate upon completion.

he program will explore such topics as marketing, human resources management, technology management, hospitality law and contracts, financial management and hospitality operations in an effort to answer such questions as:

•How can I restore demand and drive revenue?

•How can I develop new “off-the-beaten-path” opportunities?

•Technology in hospitality: Can it become a savior?

•Legal challenges: What to look for?

•How to deal with remote workers, low employee morale and digital exhaustion?

•How to optimize operations to be prepared for similar crises in the future?

Certified Members:

Kristin Neglia


Technical Meetings & Event Production ELI-Logo-Long

Producing events can be a fine art, especially when it comes to gatherings that involve a stage, lectern, and presentations requiring the coordination of audiovisual production, lighting, speakers and many other components. This course will empower you to understand what kind of gear, staff, and set up your event actually needs to function properly, look right, and be cost-effective.

Certified Members:

Lucinda Crain


Virtual Events and Meeting Management (VEMM)ELI-Logo-Long

In today’s changing world, event & meeting management professionals are expected to have the skills necessary to plan and execute both live and virtual events. This course is designed for industry professionals who are looking to build on their existing event management skillset and experience by learning the fundamentals needed to plan and manage virtual events.

Certified Members: 

Judy Hathaway, VEMM

Beth Briant, VEMM

Lucinda Crain, VEMM