Julia Rutherford Silvers, CSEP, argues in this article that the meetings and events industry needs to have some standard level of competence for those looking to get into the field. A snip:
While the Convention Industry Council has been hacking away at standardizing things like terminology and, it doesn't go this far. I tend to think Julia's right--there aren't too many recognized "professions" that don't require some demonstrated level of competence for entry. Electricians and lawyers need licensure; even journalists usually (but not always) need the right degree or at least some internship experience to get a foot in the door. Julia also thinks it should be up to the industry associations to set the bar. Somehow, I can't imagine the level of cooperation that would take to actually happen, but it's a good idea. What say you, PCMA, MPI, ASAE, et al? If not you, who?
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