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CMP Information

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.

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:
  • CMP Preparation Course & Exam Process (January 2018) – FREE!
  • CMP Bootcamp (April 2018)

Testing Window Dates

  • November 2-11, 2018
  • January 1-31, 2019
  • May 1-31, 2019
  • August 1-31, 2019
  • November 1-31, 2019

Reporting Clock Hours

There are two ways to report earned clock hours. At live events, you will need to have your badge scanned at the door of each session in order to receive credit and have it automatically applied to your Member Transcript (Please allow 2-3 weeks processing).
On demand courses and webinars will automatically update in your MPI Academy transcript. Please be sure to take the evaluation after each webinar. Afterward, you will be prompted to download your certificate of completion. In the case that MPI is unable to update and sync to your EIC account, you can use the certificate to manually report your hours.

Need more Hours?

MPI offers many webinars that are eligible for CEU credit. On Demand Education 

All MPI members can check their clock hours and download your personal transcript by logging in to the website.




CMP Boot Camp

Need help preparing for the CMP Exam? MPI TX Hill Country Chapter will offer an intensive two-day course with experienced CMP facilitators that is designed to prepare the candidate who needs a last minute push for the exam. Bootcamp dates and location for April 2018 will be announced in mid-December 2017.

Boot Camp Fee:
Member: $195
Non-Member: $295
(EIC Clock Hours Pending)

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.

Study Materials

Purchase online from the EIC Store at:

Events Industry Council Manual, 9th Edition
Events Industry Council
Professional Meeting Management, 6th Edition, edited by Glen C. Ramsborg,Ph.D.
Professional Convention Management Association (
Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) Glossary
Convention Industry Council (
EIC recommends at least 100 hours of studying before taking the exam. Although the study group is very beneficial, you MUST study on your own as well outside of the class. Testing is based on real life experience so it doesn’t need to be in the book to be on the test.
Test Drive
Prometrics is the company that the CIC administers the CMP test through. They offer an option called Test Drive for folks who would like to scope out the situation before the day of the exam. It might be a good idea if you’re uncomfortable in less-than-familiar environments.
Flash Card App
Study Blue
It’s also an app for smart phones under the same name.
Users can set up their own flash cards, share, study & review them too.


For complete Certified Meeting Professional program information visit:
Pre-Registration is required for CMP Preparation Course & Exam Process (January 2018) and CMP Bootcamp (April 2018).

For more information and to register please contact Marcia Williams, CMP, CMM at or 214.212.8286.




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