The Convention Industry Council will redesign the Certified Meeting Professional designation program for an international audience by changing the language to encompass international terminology and simplifying some of the application fields.
International applications for July's CMP exam are twice the amount submitted for all of 2008, according to CIC's Christina Buck, director of the CMP program. To meet the demand, CIC is hosting exams in Johannesburg, Seoul and Singapore—the most international locations in CMP history—along with 17 North American locations.
The first 2009 international exam is scheduled for May 25 at the IMEX Show in Frankfurt, Germany. "As the event industry is globalizing and certifications are becoming more significant, they are understanding the standardization and establishment the CMP has as an international benchmark," Buck said.
Although the CMP program has grown rapidly, it has done so much more slowly internationally. Currently, of the more than 10,000 CMPs in good standing worldwide, only 146 are from outside North America. Since the program's 1985 inception, 14,000 professionals have earned the CMP designation, according to Buck.
Originally published May 25, 2009