CIC Announces January 2009 CMP Class
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Christina Buck, CMP
Convention Industry Council Announces the January 2009 CMP Class
Alexandria, VA – March 16, 2009 -- The Convention Industry Council (CIC) is pleased to announce that 356 individuals passed the January 10, 2009 CMP examination, making them the most recent class of graduates to earn the prestigious designation of Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP). This distinguished credential, recognized throughout the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry demonstrates an individual’s comprehensive knowledge of meeting management and the next step in their commitment to the meeting profession.
“We are thrilled with the continued enthusiasm for the CMP designation”, said Kimberly Miles, CMP, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and current CMP Board Chair. “This shows a level of commitment by the meeting and convention industry to make this professional certification the pinnacle of achievement in an individual’s career path.”
The CMP program, established in 1985, is designed to increase the professionalism of meeting managers in all sectors of the industry; recognize and raise industry standards; and increase the value of these practitioners to their employers. The demand for this designation continues to increase as both employers and meeting professionals realize the depth of knowledge and recognition to the profession that this certification brings to an organization. The CMP designation has been earned by more than 13,000 meeting professionals in 35 countries and territories worldwide.
“The interest in the CMP certification has intensified during these challenging economic times”, stated Christina Buck, CMP Program Director. Professionals in the meeting and event industry are anxious to obtain this designation to keep themselves at the highest level of accomplishment and ahead of the learning curve.”
Obtaining the CMP designation is a two-part process, consisting of an application and a written examination, administered and monitored by an independent testing agency. Eligibility to take the examination is based on an extensive review of professional qualifications. Candidates must have at least three years of employment in the meetings industry and demonstrate responsibility and accountability for successful meetings. The comprehensive written examination tests knowledge of all functions of meeting management. The next North American CMP examination is scheduled for July 11, 2009. The following exam is scheduled for January 9, 2010; the application deadline for this exam is August 14, 2009. The CMP is one of two signature programs maintained by the Convention Industry Council that provide value to the convention industry and hospitality field. Additional information on the Convention Industry Council and the CMP process can be found at www.conventionindustry.org.
The full list of the January 2009 CMP class is available online at http://www.conventionindustry.org/Files/news/JANUARY_2009_CMP_CLASS.pdf.
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The Convention Industry Council’s 34 member organizations represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. CIC facilitates the exchange of information develops programs to promote professionalism within the industry and educates the public on its profound economic impact. CIC’s programs include the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program, the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative, and numerous industry resource projects.