CMP Program Updates

The CMP Governance Commission reviews and updates the policies of the CMP Program, based on best certification practices. The following are recent policy changes:

Effective January 1, 2015

  • Only industry-related higher education degrees will be accepted on exam and recertification applications.
  • Conducting a CMP Study Group or other preparatory sessions will not count for recertification credit.
  • All exam or recertification applications must be submitted through the online portal. Paper exam or recertification applications will not be accepted.
  • Applicants do not have to be currently or recently employed (in the past 12 months).

Effective January 1, 2016​

  • Continuing education requirements for the CMP exam have been modified: of the 25 clock hours needed to be eligible for the exam, 20% (5 hours) may be non-industry-specific if the learning objective of the activity relates to one of the 10 domains in the CMP International Standards.
  • Continuing education requirements for the CMP recertification have been modified: of the 25 clock hours needed to be eligible for recertification, 50% (12.5 hours) may be non-industry-specific if the learning objective of the activity relates to one of the 10 domains in the CMP International Standards. If applying under Option 2, 7.5 hours may be non-industry-specific.
  • All CMPs in their grace period (“lapsed status”) must submit their recertification application no later than March 31 of their expiring year or their CMP will be expired. If your certification expires, you must take and pass the CMP exam to become certified again.

Effective January 1, 2017​

  • An industry-related Associates degree can be used when applying for the CMP exam or for CMP recertification under the “Industry Degree” options.

Effective February 1, 2017

  • The CMP International Standards were revised. Visit the CMP International Standards page for full details. ​
  •  See the 2017 CMP Handbook or 2017 Recertification Handbook for details on these policy changes.