Earning the Certified Meeting Professional designation just got a little more convenient for meeting professionals around the world. The Convention Industry Council—which administers the designation—has added a fifth date for the CMP exam to its 2010 testing lineup. The newly launched CMP Global Exam Day will be held on February 20, with testing locations in Mexico, in conjunction with Meeting Professionals International’s MeetDifferent conference in Cancun; South Korea; Singapore; South Africa; and Italy.

The new February testing date will be the only time the test will be offered in Mexico, South Korea, Singapore, and Italy in 2010. The application deadline for the CMP Global Exam Day is October 28.

“The demand for the CMP designation from the global meetings community has been overwhelming, and it is our goal to provide as many opportunities as possible to meet this demand,” says CIC Chief Operating Officer Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP.

The CMP exam is open to all professionals who have met the program’s application requirements, which include at least three years of employment in the meetings industry and at least a 60 percent rating on a point system that takes into account experience, education, responsibility level, and other factors in an applicant’s career. Application specifics and testing dates and locations can be found on the CIC’s Web site.