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Event Industry Certifications

Certified Meeting Professional


There has never been a better time to invest in your professional meeting career!



A CMP certification is a professional investment that pays real dividends -- one that will help you grow your network, increase your earning potential and stay on track to meet your professional meeting career goals, especially in this uncertain economy. No other certification can push your career to that next level as effectively. And MPI Upstate NY is committed to assisting our members achieve this coveted goal.

What is a CMP?

The foremost certification of the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry, the CMP program recognizes individuals who have achieved the industry's highest standard of professionalism. Established in 1985, the CMP program is administered by the Events Industry Council, and aims to increase the professionalism of meeting management professionals in all sectors of the industry by: 

  • Identifying a comprehensive body of knowledge in the meeting management profession
  • Promoting industry standards, practices and ethics
  • Stimulating the advancement of 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

MPI Upstate New York will help you earn your CMP…

Looking for more information about the CMP?  MPI Upstate NY provides two (2) Information Sessions each year (spring & fall) at our monthly education events where you will learn about the process involved in applying for the CMP and preparing to take the exam

Need Continuing Education Credits?  MPI Upstate NY is a “Preferred Provider” and has formally registered many of our education sessions with EIC for pre-approval of continuing education credits.

Ready to start studying?  MPI Upstate NY will assist in connecting you with other members also working toward their certification and provide direction in tackling the required study materials.  Study clubs are offered in the Spring (for the May & August exams) and in the Fall (for the November and January exams).

MPI Upstate NY will help you earn your CMP with a Scholarship - MPI Upstate NY wants to support you in your journey to becoming a Certified Meeting Professional! One CMP Scholarship is awarded each year to a qualified participant. Download and complete the 2018-2019 CMP Scholarship Application for your opportunity to receive financial assistance for the CMP Exam.


The 2019 Deadline to submit for this scholarship is Monday, June 3, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Not sure where to start?  Download the CMP Handbook and then contact our CMP Chairperson, Cindy Sullivan, CMP, who will personally work with you to get you started the right direction. 

The CMP Process

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.

Submitting the Application - You may apply for the CMP at any time. Once approved, you have one year to take and pass the CMP exam before you have to reapply.  Your application must be submitted online. Your first step is to create an online account where you can document your continuing education activities and your professional experience.  Click here for information about creating your online EIC account.

Taking the Exam - The exam in based on the CMP International Standards (CMP-IS) and each question is tied to one of the 9 domains in the CMP-IS.  The CMP exam is offered 4 times per year in January, May, August, and November.  Click here for a complete list of exam dates. 



CMM - Certificate in Meeting Management

This program is an intensive study program that offers a customized, participatory training program from university professors associated with renowned Darden School of Business from the University of Virginia. These esteemed professors will instruct you on topics critical for managers to master, including risk mitigation, business analytics and compliance, and strategic negotiation, after which you will pursue further learning about either meetings or business travel management.

The CMM study program concludes with a final case study project in which you address a real-life challenge that you face in your current professional role. Whether you are looking to sharpen your business skills or take your career to the next level, the CMM Program will guide you in your own quest for excellence!


Read more about the CMM program, agenda, requirements and faculty.

CMM Support offered by MPI Upstate NY

We can connect you with a current CMM in our chapter for individual coaching and advice if you are preparing to invest in the CMM designation.

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