Certificate In Meeting Management Program

Earn your CMM and Take Your Seat at the Table


Includes 12-Month Membership | Program Cost: $4,400

Program Overview

Earning your Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) shows the world that you are a strategic thinker ready to assume a leadership role in this industry. This intensive, three-phased executive education program packs the highlights of a world-class graduate degree program into four days, followed by eight hours of advanced-level online coursework and a final project focused on solving a real-world,  work-based problem.
Taught by Indiana University faculty, the entire program takes 15 weeks to complete. Upon successful completion of the coursework, attendees earn 48 clock hours and 4.8 CEUs. They will also have the opportunity to earn three graduate credit hours, which can be applied to the Indiana University Kelley School’s Executive Degree Program (EDP) Business Management Certificate. 


"Perhaps the best takeaway from the week was the wonderful friendships created with colleagues from across the country (and Canada). Learning happens in many ways, not only was classroom time a great success but so was gaining valuable insight and perspective from my peers."

Tim Altbaum, CMP, CSEP, HMCC, CMM
CEO, Vario


"I have a greater understanding of my specific leadership style and how better to work with others of differing styles. I also came away from the week with a number of tactics to help me be more of an influential communicator and become an improved negotiator." 

Alexandra Arnold Fleming, CMM
Director, Events Marketing
CDK Global LLC


"I have taken away even more than I anticipated. Everything was designed to be practical and applicable to my career. The personal growth and development exceeded my expectations."

Christina Northcott, CMP, DES, CMM

Manager, Conferences and Events
Canada Health Infoway

Why CMM?

CMM designees have stated that participating in the program gained them a seat at the executive table, secured a promotion or earned them a raise.  According to a recent MPI member survey, the average salary of a meeting professional with a CMM is roughly $20k/year more than members with a CMP and nearly $30k/year more than members with no credentials. Therefore, whether someone is looking to sharpen their leadership skills or take their career to the next level, the CMM program will guide them in their quest for excellence!


Aside from the experience-based program requirements, there are no other prerequisites to apply and more importantly, once you have earned your CMM, you may use the designation indefinitely as there is no renewal requirement. To provide the greatest learning and networking opportunities, class sizes for the CMM program are kept to a maximum of 50 candidates.


The Academic Nature of the CMM Program 

The Certificate in Meeting Management Program is not a conventional executive education training program. It is academic in nature, rather than an event, conference, or traditional meeting. Much like graduate school, the program involves a good deal of reading, case analysis, group interaction, peer-to-peer consulting, development of presentation skills, and completion of a work-based capstone project.

Certificate Course Scholarships Event Certificate Scholarships

The MPI Foundation provides MPI members with professional development opportunities through grants and scholarships. We have scholarships available for all of our certificate courses. 



Application Process

To apply, submit a résumé that shows you have at least seven years of professional experience in the meeting and event industry with a minimum of three years of management experience with two years of profit and loss responsibility. You will also be asked to provide a personal statement of interest and a letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or supervisor.


  • 7+ years of professional experience in the meeting and event industry
  • 3+ years of management experience
  • 2+ years of profit and loss responsibility

Required Documents

  • Personal Statement: Personal statements should include responses to the following: 1) Describe your experience in meeting management. 2). Identify your gaps in the meeting management skillset. 3) How will earning the CMM designation help you in your career? 4) What challenge or opportunity do you currently have at work that participating in the CMM program could potentially help you solve or capitalize upon?
  • Letter of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation should be written by a professional colleague or supervisor, appear on official company letterhead with a signature and clearly state the candidate’s suitability for the CMM program.
  • Résumé: Résumés should be up to date and include professional work experience, with job titles and descriptions. It must clearly demonstrate that you meet program qualifications.

Once your application is approved, you will receive a status update via email and will then be able to complete the registration process. Registration deadlines are a full month prior to the program start date, so plan ahead. The CMM is offered at least twice annually and an approved application status is valid for 24 months, which means you will have two years to choose a cohort to attend without having to reapply.

Live Online

Synchronous Cohort Experience: 

February 8-11, 2021 

Application Deadline: 
January 1, 2021 

Registration Deadline: 
January 8, 2021 


Live In-Person

In-Person Cohort Experience: 
May 3-6, 2021

Application Deadline: 
March 26, 2021 

Registration Deadline: 
April 2, 2021

Check out our CMM Information Session for insight from IU Faculty, Staff and past CMM participants!


CMM Program Cost

(Includes 12-Month Membership) 




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