CIC Goes Global, Plans October CMP Exam in India

For the first time, the Convention Industry Council (CIC) will give its Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exam during the International Congress and Convention Association's (ICCA) ICCA Congress, taking place Oct. 23 in Hyderabad, India, it announced this week.

The exam, a version of which will also be administered this year in the United States and Mexico, gives international meeting professionals a chance to be certified—an opportunity that's indicative of CIC's increased focus on globalization.

"Over the past few years CIC has made significant progress in its efforts to expand globally," CMP Board Chair Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP, said in a statement. "This is a tremendous opportunity for meeting professionals and we are thrilled that we now have a direct presence in India and are extremely proud to partner with ICCA."

According to CIC, the CMP program exists to enhance the knowledge and performance of meeting professionals, promote the status and credibility of the meeting profession, and advance uniform standards of practice. To earn the credential, meeting planners first must complete an application demonstrating their professional qualifications, showing, for instance, that they have at least three years of industry experience and at least 25 hours of continuing education. Once their application is approved, they then must take the written CMP examination.

"We're delighted that CIC has agreed to run a CMP exam linked to this year's ICCA Congress in Hyderabad," said ICCA CEO Martin Sirk. "We're big supporters of CMP as the only professional accreditation program with global credibility and our Congress education programs have been earning CMP credits for delegates for a number of years, but this is a big step forward to communicate the importance of CMP to a global audience."

Individuals must apply by Aug. 20 to take the CMP exam in India on Oct. 23. For more information, visit www.conventionindustry.org.