In the August issue of Religious Conference Manager, I challenged you to consider the CMP designation. In this column, I challenge you to earn the designation and tell you how.

What is the procedure for obtaining the CMP designation?

It's a two-step process. First, complete the application at the Convention Industry Council Web site, www.conventionindustry.org. Three requirements must be met to complete the application:

  • an applicant must have a minimum of three years' experience in the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry;

  • an applicant must have proven responsibility and accountability for the successful completion of meetings; and

  • an applicant must have a minimum of 90 points out of a possible 150 points on the application. Points are assigned in the following areas:

    experience in meeting management, management responsibility, education and continuing education, membership in profession organizations, and professional contribution to the field.

When are the exams held?

Exams are held twice annually, once in winter and once in summer. Registration information is included in a candidate's approval notification. Upon approval of the application, a candidate has two years to take and pass the exam. Six to eight weeks after taking the exam, the candidate will receive written notification from the testing agency with the results, which are given on a pass/fail basis.

How do you prepare for the exam?

Some organizations sponsor study groups, but they are independent of the CIC. The CIC Web site provides information to help you prepare for the exam.

Take the next step and complete the requirements to obtain the CMP designation. The process will be a rich and rewarding educational experience.

For more information, visit www.conventionindustry.org.