Certified Meeting Professional Designation Goes Global

The Convention Industry Council (CIC) has updated the body of knowledge, known as the "CMP Blueprint," on which the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation is based, it announced last week, adding that the new version — called the CMP International Standards (CMP-IS) — was designed to be "globally relevant" for an audience of international meeting professionals.

Like the outgoing CMP Blueprint, the CMP-IS defines and categorizes the key competencies, skills and abilities that meeting professionals must demonstrate in order to receive the CMP certification. The new standards — which include more thorough explanations of required knowledge, abilities and skills, but not sweeping changes — include "internationally relevant best practices," according to CIC.

"Given that more than 14,000 meeting industry professionals from 46 countries have earned the CMP designation, globalizing the standards was a natural progression," said CIC CEO Karen Kotowski.

Added Bruce MacMillan, president and CEO of CIC member organization Meeting Professionals International (MPI), "To have a globally relevant certification administered by a respected organization means a great deal not only to our volunteer advisors and leaders who have contributed to this initiative, but also to the thousands of members and colleagues we have around the world. And the alignment of the Meetings and Business Events Competency Standards further solidifies the relevance of the CMP designation worldwide."

To create the CMP-IS, CIC consulted the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council's (CTHRC) "Event Management - International Competency Standard," as well as MPI's "Meetings and Business Events Competency Standard."

To coincide with the adoption of the CMP-IS, CIC will also offer computer-based testing in the second quarter of 2012, giving meeting professionals access to more than 10,000 testing facilities in 166 countries, globally increasing the reach of the program.

The CMP-IS will go into effect after the January 2012 CMP exam. For examinations through 2011 — up to and including the January 2012 exam — the guiding document will remain the CMP Blueprint.

For more information and a downloadable copy of the CMP-IS, visit the CMP-IS section of the CIC website.