Retired CMPs may now qualify to receive Emeritus status if they meet the requirements listed below:
is at least 59.5 years of age;
is retired and is no longer working full time in the meetings industry;
has maintained an active CMP status in good standing for 10 or more years;
submits the required 300-500 word essay describing how the CMP designation has helped in his or her professional life and why it is important to retain it;
Submits the required application, proof of age, and fee of $200 USD.
Emeritus status has no expiration date and this status will be listed on the CMPs record in the online directory. Essays submitted to the Recertification Committee may be publsihed in future editions of CMP Today.
Exerpts from Emeritus CMP Essays
Since becoming a CMP, I have never considered anything but keeping the designation – even after I have retired. It is a badge of honor to have received the designation and those who are CMP’s should do all they can to retain the designation through recertification every five years. This means belonging to and keeping up with the industry, and giving back to your profession by participating, teaching and writing about the industry. I am proud to have been among the first thirty to obtain the designation and will always proudly display the “CMP” behind by name.
--Capt. Joseph W. Bow, CAE, CMP, California, MD, Originally Certified: 1985 (Inaugural Class)
I had the great honor to be a part of the creation of the program, served on its Board, served as Executive Director of the program and had the opportunity to meet and interact with all the key meeting management leaders in the country. I believe that my contribution in some way attests to the current success of the program.Why do I think it’s important to retain the designation—the answer is the same now as it was when we created it—CMP is THE designation that means professionalism in meeting planning.
--Francine Butler, PhD, CMP, CAE, Wheat Ridge, CO, Originally Certified: 1985 (Founder & Inaugural Class)
Certified Meeting Professionals today are looked upon by their peers, as well as those who have perhaps not achieved the status, as having attained a level of expertise and knowledge that enables them to go to the negotiating table or to the conference table in their organization with greater confidence that they will be able to negotiate more successfully. Having a CMP on each side of the negotiating table enables both to converse with the assurance that each knows how to achieve the best outcome for both parties.
--Lincoln H. Colby, CMP, Originally Certified: 1985 (Founder & Inaugural Class)
In my role as the executive director and CEO of the Religious Conference Management Association, the CMP designation has added to my own stature as I see to lead the members of our society to ever expand their knowledge and skills. The CMP has been an invaluable tool which RCMA has been able to utilize in challenging its members to increase their level of competence through preparing for, securing and maintaining this professional designation. As a staunch believer in certification, it has been a distinct honor to be among those who hold the CMP credential. It truly sets apart those who are recognized as being at the forefront of the industry.
--DeWayne S. Woodring, CMP, CEM, Indianapolis, IN, Originally Certified: 1985 (Founder & Inaugural Class)