Written by: Luisa Balbinder, Eventact
June 9, 2021 | 6 min read
For meeting professionals who want to create a competitive advantage, a professional certification like CMP is a great way to do that.
A CMP certification is a way to demonstrate event planning knowledge and experience. It is proof of superior professionalism and skills to organize events. In addition, a CMP enhances the event planner's credibility, improves his self-esteem and reputation among other industry members.
When working with clients, certified event planners have several advantages:
For employers hiring a certified meeting professional has advantages such as:
The Certified Meeting Professional is a certification for event organizers and event designers created by the Events Industry Council (EIC) in 1985. CMP is considered the most recognized event planner's professional certification.
As of July 2021, there are about 11,900 meeting professionals listed as CMP. About 10,850 of them are in the US. See list of the 10 most followed CMPs on Twitter.
CMP-HC is a subspecialty of CMP in healthcare. As of July 2021, there are about 60 CMP-HC worldwide. 56 of them are in the US.
The requirements for a CMP include experience, education, and passing an exam.
The experience and education requirements are:
To apply for CMP-HC, the applicant must be a CMP. To become CMP-HC certified, a CMP holder needs to pass an additional exam, pay additional fees and prove healthcare events experience.
Taking the exam is possible only after the Event Industry Council approves the candidate's experience and education requirements. The exam itself is computer-based. It is composed of 165 multiple-choice questions covering the variety of functions a meeting professional perform. The point value assigned to each question is different. In addition, some questions are critical, and the applicant must answer them correctly to pass the exam. The exam is available in test centers throughout the world and online. The test centers are operated by a test administration company that the Event Industry Council has partnered with. Applicants have 3.5 hours to complete the test. The test passing score is 55, and results are available following the test submission. If you pass, it takes approximately four weeks to get your actual certificate.
Applicants can then submit their applications to the Event Industry Council through their website. The application process requires applicants to 1. Agree to CMP policies and Standards of Conduct 2. Submit a CV of the applicant. 3. Submit session description and proof of attendance to prove 25 hours of continuing education. Proof of attendance can be a registration copy or badge scan. For education, activities are pre-approved by the EIC, and the application just needs to report the hours.
According to the event industry council website, it takes approximately 6-8 weeks to review an application. After that, the answer is sent by email.
Here is the link to submit your application: https://myaccount.eventscouncil.org If the application was not approved, the applicant can appeal with the Events Industry Council. If the application is approved, the applicant is eligible to do the test. Eligible applicants can take the exam one year from the date the application was approved. Then, in case the applicant fails the test, he can retake the test after paying the test fee and waiting ninety days between tests.
The CMP application fee is between $225 to $250. The cost of the exam is $475. If you need to do the test over during this year, you'll need to pay for the exam again.
If the applicant did not pass the exam one year after the application, he will need to apply again.
The certification is valid for five years. After five years, one can apply to renew their certification. When renewing on time, certificate holders are not required to take the exam; they just need to pay the application fees.
The event industry council can revoke a CMP certificate due to a violation of the CMP Standards of Conduct or due to other violations and misconduct.
To help candidates to understand how the test works the Events Industry Council published two practice exams with questions from exams from prior years. CMP practice exams
On the EIC website, they recommend a few manuals that you can order directly from their page, and the prices range from $35 to 100 dollars each.
Also, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) offers an Online Bootcamp where applicants can prepare for the exam. The cost to participate is between $125 and $200 depending on the date you register and if you are a member of the MPI.