It’s hard to believe we’re almost in the second month of 2012. As the old saying goes – where is the time going… Many of you in the meeting planning industry have made 2012 the year for your continuing education and upgrading of your skills. This post will give you some updates regarding meeting planner certification, specifically the CMP program, and important dates to put on your schedules.
2012 Meeting Planner Certification Deadlines and Dates
TheCIC, Convention Industry Council, is an excellent resource for certification schedules, costs and dates. For those of you reading in Europe or South Africa there are some examination dates that are fast approaching. On January 28 there will be a CMP examination inand on February 25 there will be an examination in .
The good news is that beginning in the second quarter, the CIC has announced that it will be transitioning to computer-based testing. The CMP examination itself will be administered at more than 430 testing centers around the world. As their website says, stay tuned for more announcements on this new computer-based testing.
The CIC has also posted the schedule for the third and fourth quarters of 2012. For those of you considering the CMP examination you should be able to find dates here that work with your schedule.
It should be noted that meeting planner certification is an investment in yourself. There is a fee of US$225 to submit your application as well as a US$450 exam registration fee. But make sure you are serious as they also charge US$100 exam cancellation fee.
Meeting planner certification shows that you have taken the time to learn the many aspects of your job. As well it shows prospective clients that you take your industry seriously and have taken the necessary steps to keep on top of all the changes that have occurred in the meeting and events industry. The CIC, Convention Industry Council, is a great resource for information on becoming a certified meeting planner, CMP. If you’re in the business of hiring meeting planners it’s not a bad idea to look for the CMP designation beside a meeting planners name – it shows that you are in good hands.