CMP Academy

Preparing for your CMP?
Chart your path.

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CMP Exam Information

Need to start your CMP application or find more information about taking the exam? Visit the Event’s Industry Council here to find out all the details you need to become a Certified Meeting Professional!

CMP Testing Updates

Starting in August 2020, candidates for the CMP will have the option to take the CMP exam 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 the EIC’s Remote Proctoring Page for more details. 

Program Overview

The Certified Meeting Professional designation is a must-have for event organizers, designers, and strategists who want to demonstrate their professionalism to employers, peers and clients. But the test is challenging, and meeting professionals who want to pass it must prepare in various ways—including self-study, skills gap, needs analysis, and prep courses.

Join Nick Estrada, CMP, CAE, for this open-floor and interactive CMP Academy class that will help you feel confident going into the exam room with best practices as outlined in the CMP-International Standards (CMP-IS).

Learn proven study methods, test-taking tips and other tools from an association and higher education professional. Gain insight into how you cannot just read the questions, but how to read between the lines and contextually analyze this logic-based exam. No matter where you are in the process (including recertification), this course will help prepare you for the exam and apply standard practices it on the job.

You will learn key concepts behind the CMP-IS and how to apply them on at work, discuss best practices for preparing for and taking the exam and develop a personal study path based on where you are in the process. The study materials for this session are the referenced recommended reading: 9th Edition Convention Industry Council (CIC) Manual, 6th Edition Professional Meeting Management and the Events Industry Council’s APEX Glossary.

Note: This is not your standard study course! We do not work to provide sample tests and memorization tools – because at the end of the day, the CMP and its questions are as unique as YOU. Instead, we want to give you the tools and knowledge to help you navigate it with ease and answer each question with confidence. 

Course Details

At the completion of the program, you’ll be able to: 

  • Describe and apply standard professional practices across the CMP-International Standards domains
  • Use test-taking tips and problem-solving tools to help you better contextually analyze information
  • Develop a personal study path for taking the CMP test
  • Feel far more comfortable ahead of and in preparation for sitting for the CMP exam
  • Learn from and connect with your peers an become part of the aspiring CMP community as you continue your preparation journey. 

Participants Also Receive:

  • 6 clock hours in CMP-IS Strategic Domain A: Strategic Planning




Instructor: Nick Estrada

Director of Technology & Operations, Raybourn Group International. Director of Membership, Corporate Housing Providers Association

Nick Estrada has been involved in the association world since 2013. He currently serves as a Director of Membership for the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) and the Director of Technology & Operations for Raybourn Group International (RGI). He entered the field working in educational and leadership development programming for fraternal organizations. His responsibilities expanded to encompass management of events, operations, and risk management investigations.

In his current roles, Nick directs the strategy for membership recruitment and retention for CHPA, serving as the voice of members for events, benefits, and representation of members to key stakeholders. Within RGI, Nick manages a growing use of technology for RGI’s clients through the innovative use of technology solutions to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

Nick was selected as an ASAE NextGen scholar in 2019 and as an Association Forum Forty Under 40 recipient in 2021. In addition to his professional role, Nick serves as a volunteer for several organizations including the Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) as the current Leadership Development Committee Chair and host of the association’s podcast, Meeting Professional International (MPI) Indiana Chapter as Vice President, Communications, the IUPUI School of Science Alumni Association as a Director-at-Large and fraternal organizations as a content facilitator for alcohol and sexual assault prevention programs.

Nick received his Bachelor of Science in Forensic and Investigative Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and a Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. He has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 2021 and the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) in 2020.


phone   Contact us: 972-702-3063


Course Dates & Times:

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

July 25, 2024 9:00 AM

Members: $505 / Non-Member: $705


November 7, 2024 8:00 AM

Members: $505 / Non-Member: $705


Members: $505 / Non-Member: $705