Studying for the Exam

The CMP exam evaluates the skills and knowledge of meeting professionals, which is why experience is an eligibility requirement. There is no manual or course that will teach you how to pass the CMP exam, but there are a number of options to help you prepare.

Where to Start

Before you begin your studying regimen, review the CMP International Standards (CMP-IS). This is the body of knowledge on which the CMP exam is based. Next decide which of the 10 domains in the CMP-IS you have the least experience and concentrate your studying there.

 A HELPFUL HINT...

The CMP-IS illustrates the best practices in the industry even if your own organization does things differently.

To be successful on the CMP exam, you are expected to use the CMP-International Standards to understand what are considered best practices in the industry and use the study guides to help you understand how these best practices are applied to real-world situations.  Ultimately, however, you must apply you own own experience along with the educational tools to correctly answer questions.

Required Reading List

Recommended Reading List

The following references are recommended references for the CMP exam. The manuals should not be considered as a word-for-word study guide (meaning you can’t simply memorize the manuals and expect to pass the exam).
  • Convention Industry Council Manual
  • Professional Meeting Management, 6th Edition*
  • The APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange) Glossary

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*If you have already purchased the 5th Edition of the PMM to study for the CMP, you do not need to buy the 6th Edition too. The CMP exam is under constant development and is always evolving.  CIC and our testing partner Prometric carefully manage this process according to certification best practices in order to ensure a valid and fair exam. All correct answers on the exam include a reference validating the answer. Items, or questions, that are currently referenced to the PMM5 are now being rereferenced to the PMM6. If our item reviewers cannot find a comparable reference in the new PMM6, the item will be removed from the exam. New items referencing the PMM6 will not begin to appear on the CMP exam until the November 2015 testing administration.

CMP Practice Exams

CIC now offers two official practice exams. One exam has 20 questions and one exam has 40 questions.These are the only exams that use questions that were once on the CMP exam. Taking the practice exam will help you understand how exam questions are structured.

We recommend taking one exam before you start your study program to help you hone in on the domains for which you have the least experience and then take another exam right before you sit for the exam to measure your progress.

Click here to access the Official CMP Practice Exams

Study Groups

As administrators the CMP examination, CIC does not offer or endorse any study groups for CMP candidates. Study groups are controlled and independently managed by the member organizations that offer them. Contact meeting and events associations in your area for information on their study group offerings.

Tools to help you Choose a Study Group

  • Analyze the time you have to prepare for the examination and the optimal location for your course.
  • Choose the method of studying that you believe will be most beneficial for you. Review the course syllabus and requirements before committing to a group.
  • Analyze the costs related to various preparation methods and determine your financial commitment comfort level.
  • Ask for references to Study Group Leaders/Teachers from colleagues who have recently been successful in obtaining their CMP Certification. Contact those references and ask for feedback and evaluations of teaching methods and personal commitment.

Studying Tips

All questions on the CMP exam are multiple choice questions, with only one correct answer. Each item presents a problem-solving situation for the meeting professional to resolve. The exam emphasizes these types of questions because they test how well candidates can process information and situations to reach the appropriate solution, a skill essential for successful meeting management.

The following steps may help you prepare for the exam:

  • Review the CMP-IS and decide on which of the 10 domains you should concentrate your studying
  • If English is not your native language, it is recommended that you prepare for the exam in the language that is most comfortable.
  • Take the sample study questions at the end of each reference section (if applicable).