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CMP Virtual Study Group

August 10, 2021 - September 28, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Take the First Step Toward Your CMP Certification By Registering for MPI THCC’s Eight-Week Virtual Study Group

If you’ve expressed interest in pursuing a CMP certification but have not started studying, mark your calendars! MPI THCC’s virtual study group, facilitated by Carol Benavidez, is coming your way soon, and you can take part in it by reserving a spot today!

About the CMP

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 events industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education and a rigorous testing process. According to recent industry studies conducted by PCMA, meeting planners who hold the CMP earn (on average) more than $10,000 annually than their non-certified counterparts. So whether you're a hotelier, supplier or meeting planner, THIS COULD BE YOU!

MPI Texas Hill Country Chapter’s intense virtual study group is structured around the core areas required to successfully pass the CMP exam -- including a variety of multimedia-rich content, online activities and quizzes recorded for on-demand viewing at a later time -- and is designed around learning objectives that will help you:

  • Obtain a clear understanding of the ins and outs of the rigorous exam, the process, the testing center and the actual completion of the exam
  • Identify several features of each domain using real-life experiences from the audience to emphasize industry knowledge and education
  • Understand additional study tools by applying sample testing materials, the CMP app and student-participation takeaways
The course will begin on August 10, 2021, with the following sessions running on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CT for eight consecutive weeks: August 10 | August 17 | August 24 | August 31 | September 7 | September 14 | September 21 | September 28

Registration is now open so save yourself a seat and contact if you have any questions and requests or need additional assistance.

CMP_preferredThis program has been approved by the Events Industry Council for 8 CEU credit hours.

MPI Texas Hill Country Chapter is a CMP Preferred Provider.

Carol Benavidez, CMP, CMM, The CMP ExperienceCarol Benavidez headshot2

Carol Benavidez, CMP, CMM, HMCC strongly believes in continuing education, as evidenced by her own discipline in studying for and obtaining respected industry certifications. Carol is passionate in her desire to help elevate others professionally; this is what led her to start The CMP Experience Boot Camps in late 2017.

Her education includes graduation from the University of North Texas in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel/Restaurant Management and a minor in Business. In addition, she achieved the Convention Industry Council’s Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 2000 and the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) in 2012. In 2018, she pursued and earned her Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC), which focuses on protocols to accommodate the medical meeting industry.

Carol’s work experience encompasses management positions in many hotel departments including restaurants, bar, room service, catering and group sales at Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, Radisson Plaza Hotel Fort Worth, Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West and Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas.

Carol is currently a regional vice president with HelmsBriscoe, where she began her career in 1999.


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