The Convention Industry Council has announced plans for a healthcare subspecialty to the Certified Meeting Professional program. CIC, which will begin the development process this fall, expects to have the medical subspecialty certification ready to go by next summer.
The idea for a certification aimed at people who plan meetings for healthcare professionals came from the International formed in 2009.Professionals Association, which had been working on a certificate program for this meeting planning niche since it
“Meeting professionals in the healthcare segment face the stiffest and most complex government regulations of any industry,” said IMMPA founder Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP, in a statement. “With required reporting and transparency, understanding compliance is critical for anyone involved in healthcare meeting management.” The new certification will only test the skills and knowledge needed specifically to plan healthcare meetings—general meeting planning knowledge will be a prerequisite, and the healthcare meeting professional certification will only be open to those who already have their CMP.
“The once-niche area of healthcare meeting management is growing, and CIC is prepared to meet the demand with the creation of a healthcare certification,” said CIC’s Chief Executive Officer Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, in a statement. CIC plans to work with IMMPA members and other healthcare meeting experts to assess the professional qualifications needed, select continuing education requirements, and create an examination.
Look for more information, including qualifications and exam dates, in early 2013.
- Do you feel there's a need for this subspecialty certification just for those who plan meetings for healthcare professionals?
- Are there any other subspecialties you believe would benefit from having their own certifications?
- How do you think this certification will compare to the Certified CME Professional (CCMEP) designation the National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals administers?
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Background: IMMPA Forms in 2009