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Recertification Made Easy: Stay Certified and Keep Your CMP Designation

Are you a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) worried about meeting your recertification requirements? Fret not! The CMP Governance Commission has recently updated the CMP Reinstatement Policy to give you more time to reinstate your certification...

Are you a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) worried about meeting your recertification requirements? Fret not! The CMP Governance Commission has recently updated the CMP Reinstatement Policy to give you more time to reinstate your certification without having to retake the CMP exam. This policy extends the reinstatement deadline by 12 months from the original due date.

Stay Certified, Stay Confident

As a CMP, it is crucial to meet your recertification requirements to maintain your certification and enjoy the benefits that come with it. Missing a recertification deadline can leave you uncertified, preventing you from using the CMP marks or digital badge. But don't worry - the policy update offers you a lifeline.

The updated policy applies retroactively to CMPs who were scheduled to recertify by December 31, 2019. These CMPs now have until December 31, 2020, to reinstate their CMP without retaking the exam. This extension grants you the extra time you need to gather the necessary documentation and meet the criteria.

Experience and Education: The Key to Recertification

To recertify your CMP designation, you must provide proof of both EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION. Let's take a closer look at the recertification requirements:

Professional Experience - Choose 1 of 2 Options

  • Option 1: 36 months of experience

    • 36 total months of full-time work experience in the industry within the past five years (consecutive months not required)
    • Include a resume or CV highlighting your management responsibilities and contributions to meeting planning and execution.
  • Option 2: Professional Experience in Academia

    • 36 months as a full-time or part-time instructor in meeting events, exhibition, hospitality, or tourism management at an educational institute or university program
    • Submit an official course outline or syllabus to support your application.

Continuing Education - Choose 1 of 3 Options

  • Option 1: 25 clock hours of educational activities

    • Attend 25 clock hours of industry-specific educational activities within the past five years (up to 12.5 hours may be non-industry-specific)
    • Make sure the activities align with one of the 9 domains in the CMP International Standards.
    • Provide attendance documentation and course descriptions.
  • Option 2: 15 clock hours of educational activities AND 3 industry support activities

    • Complete 15 clock hours of industry-specific educational activities within the past five years (up to 7.5 hours may be non-industry-specific)
    • Engage in 3 industry support activities such as membership in a meeting/hospitality industry organization, volunteer leadership role, or authorship of a published industry-related article.
    • Again, the educational activities must align with one of the 9 domains in the CMP International Standards.
  • Option 3: Formal Education

    • Possess an associate's degree or higher in an industry-related field earned within the past five years (general business degrees not accepted)
    • Submit a transcript or a copy of the degree/diploma (with translations if necessary).

Don't Miss Your Chance: Recertification Application Review

Once you've gathered all the required documentation, submit your recertification application. Your application will be reviewed within 6-8 weeks to ensure you meet the minimum requirements. Upon approval, you will receive a new certificate with updated certification cycle dates.

In the event that your application is denied, you will receive an email detailing the reasons. Common reasons for denial include not meeting the minimum requirements, insufficient alignment with the CMP International Standards, or having a degree that is not industry-specific. If denied, you may reapply, but remember to provide additional supporting evidence.

Appeal for Fair Evaluation

If your recertification application is denied, don't lose hope! You have the opportunity to appeal the decision within 14 calendar days of receiving the denial notice. Submit a written appeal to the Events Industry Council Office, including a cover letter addressed to the Certification Director. The appeal process allows you to clarify or provide further explanation for any disallowed items or insufficient requirements. However, please note that appeals should not include additional continuing education activities that were not originally included in the initial application.

Remember, the parties involved in the appeal process are strictly limited to the applicant, Events Industry Council Staff, and the CMP Governance Commission. So, refrain from involving third parties in the appeal process.

Secure Your Certification, Secure Your Future

Your CMP designation is a testament to your expertise, authoritativeness, trustworthiness, and experience. By taking the necessary steps to meet your recertification requirements, you ensure the longevity of your certification cycle and maintain your professional standing.

Download the CMP Recertification Handbook for detailed information on documenting your recertification requirements. Don't let the opportunity to recertify slip away - stay certified, stay confident, and continue to make your mark in the meeting industry!

Recertification Requirements Caption: Recertification Requirements - Stay Certified and Stay Confident.


Note: This article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered as legal or professional advice. Please refer to the official Events Industry Council resources for the most up-to-date information on recertification requirements.

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