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presented by christina buck cmp cmp program director convention industry council
Presented by

Christina Buck, CMP

CMP Program Director

Convention Industry Council

CMP Information Session

what is cic
What is CIC?

The Convention Industry Council is composed of 31 member organizations

The CIC owns and administers the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification.

major cic programs
Major CIC Programs

Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

Hall of Leaders

Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX)

CIC Manual & Publications

Economic Impact Study and other white papers

certified meeting professional program
Certified Meeting Professional Program

“Governed” and administered by the CIC

Not an individual membership, but a professional designation

CMP is owned and managed by CIC

CIC member organizations provide study groups for CMP preparation

Follows best certification practices

history of the cmp designation
History of the CMP Designation

Began in 1985 by The Convention Liaison Council

“Certified Meeting PROFESSIONAL”

Began as a response to increase the professionalism of meeting managers

Only industry certification endorsed by 31 CIC member organizations

cmp program goals
CMP Program Goals

Establish the level of knowledge and performance required for certification

Recognize and raise industry standards, practices, and ethics

Stimulate the advancement of the art and science of meeting management

Maximize the value received from the products and services provided by CMPs

Increase the value of practitioners

cmp program players
CMP Program Players

CMP Board of Directors

CIC Staff

Testing Agency – Prometric, Inc.

Volunteer CMPs – item writers, assistant proctors, booth coverage, study group leaders, application assessment

the cmp designation today
The CMP Designation Today

Global Designation

Over 14,000 CMPs have earned the designation worldwide in 35 countries and US territories

64% of CMPs are planners

36% are suppliers

All industry professionals welcome


Why should you

become a CMP?

cmp benefits
CMP Benefits

Competitive salary

Professional development

Personal achievement

Competitive advantage & increased credibility

Global recognition

need more reasons
Need More Reasons?

Recognized by peers for their professionalism and expertise

Contribute to the development of industry best practices

Act as role models to other meeting professionals

Participate in ensuring industry standards


The CMP Process

application requirements section i
Application Requirements: Section I

A minimum of 36 months of work experience in the industry

Candidates with a degree in meeting, event, exhibition, and hospitality/tourism management can apply after 24 months of work experience

Full-time instructors in a meeting/hospitality university

application requirements section ii
Application Requirements: Section II

An approved internship/apprenticeship in the industry with a minimum of 200 hours

Twenty-five (25) hours of industry-related continuing education within the past 5 years

completing the application
Completing the Application


Make a copy of application, do a draft

Gather all required documentation

Submit completed original application to CIC along with required documentation & application fee by the application deadline.


Candidates have two years from the time of eligibility to take and pass the exam.


The CMP Exam

about the examination
About the Examination

Prometric administers and scores exams

Offered in January and July in North America

Offered 2-3 times a year outside North America

3.5-hour exam

the cmp exam
The CMP Exam

Pencil and paper based

165 multiple-choice questions

150 operational questions (scored)

15 pre-test questions (non-graded questions)

cmp exam questions
CMP Exam Questions

CMP exam contains questions pertaining to the variety of functions a meeting planner must perform based on the CMP Blueprint

Questions selected from the CMP “Item Bank”

Each exam offered is made up of different selections from the bank of questions

Exam questions are written and reviewed on a regular basis by current CMPs at the annual CMP Conclave

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CMP Exam Questions

Only questions that measure competency and skill are included on the exam

Four possible answers are provided for each multiple choice question – one of the four is correct

No “all of above” and “none of the above” responses

No trick questions

cmp exam blueprint
CMP Exam Blueprint

Basis for the exam questions

The CMP Blueprint knowledge base is categorized into 5 domain areas, 49 tasks and 230 knowledge topics

The five domains identify major content areas which compose the exam

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CMP Exam Blueprint

Five Domain Areas

Strategic Event Planning Process 24%

Financial and Contract Management20%

Facilities and Services 18%

Logistics 20%

Program 18%

study of the profession
Study of the Profession

A Job Analysis study is conducted to ensure the CMP exam is current

Meeting professionals are surveyed to help evaluate the level of knowledge and skills that are expected within the profession.

CMP Blueprint is developed from responses form surveyed meeting professionals

exam scoring
Exam Scoring

Exam is scored by computer as Pass or Fail

Scores are determined by converting the number of questions answered correctly to a scale score that ranges from approximately 20 to beyond 55

You need a total scale score of 55 to pass the examination

scale score
Scale Score

A scale score is a transformed raw examination score (the number of exam questions answered correctly)

Questions are weighted based on their difficulty

To interpret any examination score, a uniform frame of reference is required

Scale scores provide that frame of reference based on the standard adopted by CIC of the amount of knowledge necessary to pass without regard to the specific exam form or version taken

*Please note that a scale score is neither the number of questions you answered correctly nor the percentage of questions you answered correctly.

fees related to the cmp program
Fees Related to the CMP Program

CMP Application Submission Fee $225.00 USD

CMP Exam Registration Fee $450.00 USD

CMP Exam Cancellation Fee $100.00 USD

All fees are subject to change at anytime. The CMP Application Submission Fee is non-refundable and all CMP fees are non-transferable.

study resources
Study Resources

CIC Manual, 8th Edition $ 65.95 USD

(July, 2007 Edition)

CIC International Manual $ 79.95 USD

1ST Edition

PCMA’s Professional Meeting Management $ 79.95 USD

5th Edition

APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange) Glossary $ 35.00 USD

IAEE Exhibit Guidelines $ FREE

(download at CIC web)


Studying for

the CMP Exam

study groups
Study Groups

Independent from CIC

Groups can be self-led or professionally facilitated

Cost and frequency of meetings depends on the group

Some study groups offer a weekend immersion course in place of weekly meetings

Study group guidelines are available on CIC website


On-Line Study

  • MPI Study Guide $79
cmp action plan
CMP Action Plan

Download the CMP Application and Handbook

Complete and submit your application

Purchase/borrow current study materials

Join a study group

Study independently and as part of a class

Commit to taking the exam that’s right for you

Give it your all!

personal commitment
Personal Commitment

Determine your own reasons for pursuing the CMP designation

Make the experience worthwhile

Commit to putting aside regular time to study over several months

Do it for yourself !

time commitment
Time Commitment

Reading Books 30+ Hours

Studying 50 Hours

Study Group 22 Hours

Total Time Required 100+ Hours


Initial certification is valid for five years

Complete a recertification application

CMPs who recertify on time, do not have to take another exam to be recertified.

Based on continued employment, education, and professional contributions



Thank you for your participation this afternoon.

The best of luck on your journey.

Enjoy it!

Further Questions Regarding the

CMP Program?

Christina M Buck, CMP

Convention Industry Council

Professionally managed by Talley Management Group, Inc.

700 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 510

Alexandria, VA 22314


mpi cac study programs
MPI-CAC Study Programs

Independent from CIC

The MPI-CAC chapter offers a weekly study program and study weekend

Weekly Study Group, 8 weeks Wednesdays, May 11 – June 29

Downtown location: Palmer House Hilton, Chicago

Suburban location: Hyatt Regency, O’Hare

Cost: $199, non-member $249

Study WeekendJuly 9 - 10

Location: Intercontinental, O’Hare

Cost: $149, non-member $199

Reduced cost for to attend both:

$298, non-member $348

mpi cac cmp resources
MPI-CAC CMP Resources

CMP Application & Scholarship Contact: Kimberly Wright, CMP847.763.0011, x23,

CMP Study Weekend Contact: Julie Lehnis, CMP847.213.7810, jlehnis@forsythe.comJuly 9 – 10, 2011Location: Intercontinental Hotel, O’Hare

CMP Weekly Study Group Contact: Julie Lehnis, CMP847.213.7810, jlehnis@forsythe.comWednesdays, May 11 – June 29, 2011Chicago Location: Palmer House HiltonSuburban Location: Hyatt Regency, O’Hare

CMP Book Share Contact: Kimberly Wright, CMP847.763.0011, x23,

CMP Mentor Contact: Kimberly Wright, CMP847.763.0011, x 23,