CMP Master Class

Preparing for your CMP? Chart your study path.

check   CMP Clock Hours: 8

check    Members: $499 / Non-Member: $699


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 a variety of ways—including self-study, skills gap and needs analysis and prep courses.

Join industry icon and thought leader Joanne Dennison, CMP, MSEd, for this open-floor and interactive CMP Master 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, relaxation techniques and stories that make the concepts “sticky.” 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. Laughter will be included at no additional cost. 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.

What's the difference between the CMP & the CMM?

The Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) in no way affects the status of the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation. In a totally non-competitive posture, the CMM is structured to complement the CMP designation. Whereas the CMP is more tactical in nature, the CMM focuses on strategic initiatives and executive decision-making. Learn more about the CMM and other MPI Certificate Programs. 

Why Become a CMP?

Hear from current CMPs in various roles of the industry on how becoming a Certified Meeting Professional has helped them in their career.


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 on the test and the job
  • Use test-taking tips and relaxation techniques during the exam
  • 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

Participants Also Receive:

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


Joanne Dennison, MSEd, CMP


Joanne Dennison has owned her own business for more than 25 years, which originally focused on the planning of meetings and events. Returning to her roots as an educator, she now spends more of her time in the front of the meeting room as the president of The Ordinary Success Project. She has taught preparation classes for the CMP exam since 2000. Her students find them exceptional for the exam, applicable to their jobs and engaging and high energy. Joanne also offers personal and professional development topics and has been affectionately called the “Guidance Counselor for Grown-Ups,” where she works with individuals and organizations to answer the question, “what’s next?”

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