Written by: Luisa Balbinder, Eventact
June 9, 2021, | 6 min read

What is CMP?

CMP Logo.

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.

CMP-HC is a subspecialty of CMP in healthcare. As of July 2021, there are about 60 CMP-HC worldwide. Fifty-six of them are in the US.

Reasons to become a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

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:

CMP statistics

CMP popularity in the US

As of October 2021, there are about 12,200 meeting professionals listed as CMP. 90% of them (about 11,050) are in the US.

In the US, there are 33 Certified Meeting Professionals for every 1 million people.

Highest rate of Certified Meeting Professionals

Virginia has the highest rate of Certified Meeting Professionals: 108 CMPs for each 1 million residents.

Alexandria, Virginia, has the highest percentage of CMPs per capita. 1 person out of every 777 residents is a Certified Event Planner.

The city with the largest community of Certified Event Planners is Chicago. It is home to 317 Certified Event Planners.

Lowest rate of Certified Meeting Professionals

Connecticut and Mississippi have the lowest rate of Certified Meeting Professionals, less than one CMP per 1 million residents.

See list of the 10 most followed CMPs on Twitter.

CMP certification eligibility

Events Industry Council - The organization behind CMP.

The requirements for a CMP include experience, education, and passing an exam.

The experience and education requirements are:

- 24 months of full-time work experience in the meetings industry.
- A degree in Event Management or Hospitality or an additional 12 (total of 36) months full-time work experience in the meetings industry.
- 25 hours of continuing education such as industry-related classes, workshops or professional events, or 200 hours of internship work experience
All those activities must have occurred in the past five years.

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.

The CMP exam

The CMP exam is composed of 165 multiple-choice questions covering the variety of functions a meeting professional perform. The test passing score is 55. The point value assigned to each question is different. In addition, some questions are imperative, the applicant must answer them correctly to pass the exam.

The exam itself is computer-based. Applicants have 3.5 hours to complete the test. The results are available following the test submission. If you pass, it takes approximately four weeks to get your actual certificate.

Taking the exam is possible only after the Event Industry Council approves the candidate's experience and education requirements.

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.

CMP certification application

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 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.

CMP certification costs

The CMP application fee is between $225 to $250. The cost of the exam is $475.

If you need to do the test over 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 would need to apply again.

CMP renewal and revocation

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 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 other violations and misconduct.

Preparing for a CMP exam

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.

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