What are the best convention services manager qualifications and training to get ahead?

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Verna in Dallas, Texas

121 months ago

What is the best training for becoming a convention services manager? What types of ongoing training or certifications are necessary to be an effective convention services manager?

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Brandon in Orlando, Florida

114 months ago

Get a CMP certification from the Convention Industry Council
It's not easy or cheap, but well worth it.


Cairesse in Los Angeles, California

111 months ago

Brandon in Orlando, Florida said: Get a CMP certification from the Convention Industry Council
It's not easy or cheap, but well worth it.

What is a CMP certification?


Daphne in Chicago, Illinois

111 months ago

Certified Meeting Professional. I think you can review the application for this certification on the Convention Industry Council's website. You need to accumulate points for work experience (being directly responsible for planning/managing meetings), industry involvement and other things. It looks like a lot of work.


Brian Francis Fenlon in Palm Harbor, Florida

70 months ago

The foremost certification of the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry, the CMP program recognizes individuals who have achieved the industry's highest standard of professionalism. Established in 1985, the CMP credential increases the proficiency of meeting professionals by:

Identifying a body of knowledge;
Establishing a level of knowledge and performance necessary for certification;
Stimulating the advancement of the art and science of meeting management;
Increasing the value of practitioners to their employers;
Recognizing and raising industry standards, practices and ethics;
Maximizing the value received from the products and services provided by Certified Meeting Professionals.
Through the CMP program, individuals who are employed in meeting management pursue continuing education, increase their industry involvement, and gain industry-wide recognition. The requirements for certification are based on professional experience and a written examination. Over 14,000 individuals in 36 countries and territories have earned the CMP designation since its inception.

The CMP Board of Directors includes one representative from each CIC organization. The CMP Board represents the profession's diversity and serves as a voice for stakeholders who have an interest in maintaining a high industry standards.


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