The CMP Healthcare Subspeciality

A Subspecialty of the CMP

The Convention Industry Council (CIC) is proud to announce the launch of the new CMP-HC certification. The CMP-HC is a certification program specifically developed for those working in the healthcare meeting industry. It is designed to identify those who have mastered the knowledge needed to be a successful healthcare meeting professional. This is a subspecialty of the CMP program; therefore only those who hold a current CMP certification are eligible to take this exam. If you pass the CMP-HC exam, your new designation will be CMP-HC.

Except as noted below, all candidates and certificants should follow the policies and procedures outlined in the CMP 2014 Handbook.

How do I Apply for the CMP-HC Exam?

As with most professional certifications, the eligibility requirements include both experience and education components.

To sit for the CMP-HC exam you must

  • Hold a valid and current CMP
  • Have 3 years (36 months) of experience in healthcare meeting management 
  • Have 15 clock hours of professional development specifically related to healthcare meeting management (completed in the past 5 years)

On the application, you will be required to provide proof of experience in the healthcare field. The three years do not have to be concurrent but remember that the exam is based on current practices in the healthcare meeting industry; therefore those with recent or current experience will most likely perform better on the exam.

On the application, you will also be required to report 15 clock hours of professional development. To ensure that these activities are healthcare related, you will be required to report on the application to which of the three CMP-HC domains the activity is aligned.

You may apply for the CMP-HC anytime after obtaining your CMP credential. The CMP-HC exam will be offered for all eligible candidates in November 2014. Application submission dates are May 14 through July 31, 2014.

Application for CMP-HC

CMP-HC Fees

  • Application fee – $155 
  • Exam fee – $255

Why was the CMP-HC Created?

Anyone who works in the healthcare meeting field knows that there are specific regulations, laws and best practices that must be followed when conducting a healthcare-focused meeting. Only highly knowledgeable professionals can successfully manage the production of these meetings. Those who hold the CMP-HC designation have demonstrated this knowledge.

Most certification programs follow the three “Es:” Education, Experience and then an Exam. The certification exam is therefore the capstone of any certification program. Before an exam is developed the purpose of the program and the appropriate assessment criteria must be established. CIC assembled a Governance Committee to develop the CMP-HC policies and procedures and to decide what type of assessment would be appropriate to identify healthcare meeting expertise. The committee agreed that the general knowledge identified in the CMP International Standards must be acquired for all meeting professionals but those who manage healthcare meeting also must possess a unique subset of skills and knowledge. The committee, therefore, decided those seeking the subspecialty must first demonstrate their knowledge of meeting management by passing the CMP.

To sit for the CMP-HC, the Governance Committee recommended that applicants must:
  • Hold a valid and current CMP
  • Have 3 years (36 months) of experience in healthcare meeting management 
  • Have 15 clock hours of professional development specifically related to healthcare meeting management (completed in the past 5 years)

Once these eligibility requirements were established, the CMP-HC exam was developed.

How was the CMP-HC Exam Developed?

CIC follows strict certification development practices to create and maintain our certification programs. These practices include many rounds of quality control measures to ensure that the CMP-HC certification represents current and best practices in the healthcare meetings industry. CIC recruited more than 100 volunteer subject matter experts working in the field to govern the program and to create, review, test and set the passing score of the CMP-HC exam. 

The first panel of volunteers conducted a job analysis to identify the capabilities and expertise successful healthcare meeting professionals must have. The results of the job analysis study are the CMP-HC Standards. The Standards outline the knowledge needed to be a successful healthcare meeting professional. Once the Standards were created and validated by others in the industry, a second panel of subject matter experts were brought together to write the exam items (questions). The items were then reviewed by a third group of subject matter experts. The exam was beta tested in late 2013 to further analyze the performance of the items before the exam is officially launched. The results of the beta test were also used to decide the cut (passing) score of the exam.

What are the CMP-HC Standards?

Those working in the healthcare meeting arena or those who aspire to must possess the knowledge and skills outlined in the CMP-HC Standards. The Standards are also the body of knowledge on which the CMP-HC exam is based. The Standards are comprised of three domains:

Domain  Percentage of Exam 
 A. Planning   39%
 B. Implementation  25%
 C. Evaluation  36%

The domains are then divided into seven sub-domains. Each knowledge statement in the sub-domain also includes a link to the CMP International Standards. All items on the certification exam tie back to the CMP-HC Standards.

CMP-HC Recommended Literature

The correct answers to all exam items are referenced to a reliable and reputable source. The healthcare meeting industry evolves quickly; therefore, the exam items must be constantly updated to ensure they represent current practices in the industry. Unlike the CMP exam, where there are required reading materials, the CMP-HC program maintains a list of Recommended Literature that represents books, periodicals and other electronic and print resources identified by subject matter experts as representing authoritative and current information about the industry. This list is updated as changes take place in the healthcare meeting field, thus the recommended literature list should not be interpreted as required reading. The list directs candidates to resources they may find useful when preparing for the exam. It is ultimately the responsibility of healthcare meeting professionals to stay abreast of changes in this field.

To access the Recommended Literature list, click here.

We have also developed a CMP-HC Glossary of Terms that are used in the healthcare meeting industry.

How does the CMP-HC Link to the CMP Exam?

The CMP-HC does not replace the CMP. The CMP exam is based on the general body of knowledge needed to be a successful meeting professional and the CMP-HC exam is based entirely on the specialized knowledge required for healthcare-related meetings. Those seeking the CMP-HC certification must first pass the CMP to demonstrate they have mastered the knowledge outlined in the CMP International Standards. Those who pass the CMP-HC thus demonstrate an overall knowledge of the meeting management field and then the specific knowledge needed to manage healthcare-related meetings.


How will the CMP-HC Exam be Administered?

The CMP-HC has 100 items: 85 scored and 15 pre-test items, which are not scored. The exam is 2.5 hours and will be administered via computer-based testing (CBT) at Prometric testing facilities located throughout the world (check Prometric’s website for a list of testing center locations.)

Once your application is approved, you will be sent information on how to register for the exam.  After the exam registration period has ended, the registrant will receive information on how to schedule the exam appointment.

CMP-HC Deadlines and Testing Windows

The first exam will be administered during the November 6-15 testing window. Applications will be accepted from May 13 through July 31, 2014.


How do I Study for the CMP-HC Exam?

Begin by reviewing the CMP-HC Standards. For the knowledge statement listed in each domain, decide your level of experience. Then structure your study regimen to concentrate on those areas for which you have the least experience. Like any other professional certification program, there are no “teach-to-the-test” materials. CIC does not provide study guides or materials; however, we have a Recommended Literature List. This is a list of references the CMP-HC item writer and review panels used to develop the test questions. There won’t be any materials that will give you direct questions and answers. The exam (like the CMP) is designed for those who are already professionals in the field. The recommended literature simply provides best practices and also allows those who may be weak in certain areas of the body of knowledge to know how to concentrate their studying. 

Where Can I Find Continuing Education Clock Hours?

CIC has compiled a list of organizations that offer continuing education options. You will need to contact those organizations for their specific offerings.

CMP-HC Recertification Requirements

To maintain your CMP-HC you must also maintain your CMP designation by recertifying every five years. Your CMP-HC recertification requirements are in addition to your CMP recertification requirements. After the first certification cycle, your CMP-HC and CMP cycles will sync so you only have to keep track of one date.

To recertify the CMP-HC, you must complete 15 clock hours of continuing education activities specifically related to CMP-HC Standards. This is in addition to the clock hours you need for your CMP recertification. The CMP-HC clock hours will be prorated in the first certification cycle to sync with your CMP cycle.


 If you pass the CMP-HC in the: You will need this many clock hours: 
 First year of your CMP cycle    15
 Second year of your CMP cycle   12
 Third year of your CMP cycle   9
 Fourth year of your CMP cycle   6
 Fifth year of your CMP cycle   3

Unlike the CMP, Industry Support Activities do not apply for the CMP-HC recertification. To recertify your CMP-HC you will need either 40 clock hours (25 CMP and 15 CMP-HC) or 15 CMP clock hours, 15 CMP-HC clock hours and 3 CMP-related Industry Support Activities.

If your CMP lapses/expires, your CMP-HC will lapse/expire as well. You cannot hold the CMP-HC without the CMP.