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CMPs earned on average $8,500 a year more than their colleagues without the designation. In today’s job market, most positions require CMPs so why not give yourself the advantage!


Event planners with the CMP designation stand out in the crowd. The CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition, and event industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education, and a rigorous exam.


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About the CMP Program

The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program was launched in 1985 to:
  • Enhance the knowledge and performance of meeting professionals,
  • Promote the status and credibility of the meeting profession, and
  • Advance uniform standards of practice.
Today, the CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition, and event industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education, and a rigorous exam.
Created by and for Meeting Professionals, the CMP exam was developed and is maintained by meeting professionals from all over the world who volunteer their time to ensure that the program reflects current best practices in the meeting management field.
More than 11,000 meeting professionals in 55 countries hold the CMP designation. This unique community represents every sector of the industry, from corporations and associations to government and institutional organizations.
The CMP program aims to increase the expertise and sophistication of meeting and event professionals in all sectors of the industry by:
  • Identifying a comprehensive body of knowledge in the meetings and events profession
  • Promoting industry standards, practices, and ethics
  • Advancing the art and science of meeting management
  • Increasing the value of Certified Meeting Professionals to their employers
  • Maximizing the value received from the products and services provided by CMPs.

Why become a CMP?

For more than 30 years, the Events Industry Council has defined new levels of professionalism through its Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program. Events Industry Council certifies individuals through an internationally recognized certification program that evaluates the competency of meeting professionals. The CMP designation represents the standard of excellence in the events industry.

The CMP certification program is a two-part process in which you must complete the CMP application to demonstrate your eligibility, and then successfully pass a written examination covering the functions performed in meeting management.

Planning to sit for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Examination?

If so, don't miss out on the CMP preparation resources available to you! This includes:

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Unlike previously, testing is available on a rotating basis throughout the year.

Starting August 1, 2021, candidates for the CMP and CMP-HC certifications will have the option to take the CMP and CMP-HC exams from their homes via remote proctoring. In-center testing will remain available as well. The certification exams will be offered year-round; there will no longer only be four testing windows. Visit our Remote Proctoring page for details.

Need CE Hours?

  • MPI THCC offers CE approved educational events throughout the year
  • MPI offers many webinars that are eligible for CEU credit. On-Demand Education 
  • Log on to the Events Industry Council to view CMP Preferred Provider Continuing Education, CIC Meetings and Events, and the EIC On-Demand Education.


Prepare for the CMP exam with these study tips


CMP Boot Camp

Need help preparing for the CMP Exam? MPI TX Hill Country Chapter will offer an intensive one-day course that is designed to prepare the candidate who needs a last-minute push for the exam. Bootcamp dates and location will be announced in November 2021.

Boot Camp Fee:
Member: $195
Non-Member: $295

THCC CMP Scholarship

Is the cost of the CMP process not in your budget? Apply for a scholarship for MPI THCC. This annual scholarship can help supplement the cost of study materials, application fees, and/or study group registration.
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