CIC Announces July 2009 CMP Class

According to the Convention Industry Council, which administers the test, 415 individuals passed the July 11, 2009, Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) examination. The credential, widely recognized throughout the meetings and events industry, demonstrates an individual's comprehensive knowledge of meetings management.

"We are delighted to welcome this latest class of CMPs to our community," said CIC's CMP Board Chair Kimberly Miles, CMP, senior vice president of industry relations for the American Hotel & Lodging Association. "The CMP continues to enjoy a positive reputation in the industry and is just another tool for a meeting professional to demonstrate their level of knowledge and professionalism in our industry."

Established in 1985, the CMP is designed to increase the professionalism of meeting planners as well as their value to employers. To date, more than 14,000 meeting professionals in 35 countries and territories have been certified as CMPs.

"There continues to be strong interest in the CMP certification during these challenging economic times," said CMP Program Director Christina Buck. "There has never been a better time to obtain the CMP designation. This accomplishment is a clear illustration of a growing need to continue to elevate the meetings profession and cement the place of our industry as a significant driver of the economy."

CMP certification is a two-step process consisting of an application phase followed by a written examination. In order to qualify to take the exam, candidates must have at least three years of employment in the meetings industry and must demonstrate responsibility and accountability for successful meetings. The next North American CMP exam is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2010.

For more information about the CMP, including a list of July 2009 CMP graduates, visit