Eligibility Requirements

Following is an overview of the eligibility requirements for the CMP program. For detailed information about these requirements and acceptable forms of documentation, please download the CMP Handbook.

To be eligible to sit for the CMP exam, your application must include proof of both EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – CHOOSE 1 OF 3 OPTIONS

Option 1: 36 months of experience

  • thirty six (36) total months of full-time work experience in the meeting, event, exhibition, hospitality and tourism industry. The 36 months must have taken place in the past five years but they do not have to be consecutive months.
  • a resume or CV with your application. The experience you list on your resume should demonstrate meeting management responsibilities or your role in contributing to the planning, execution and results of meetings.  

Option 2: 24 months of experience and an industry degree

  • associates’s degree (or higher) in the hospitality/tourism/event management field
  • a resume or CV with your application. The experience you list on your resume should demonstrate meeting management responsibilities or your role in contributing to the planning, execution and results of meetings.  
  • Both the degree and the 24 months of experience must have taken place in the past five years but they do not have to be consecutive months.

Option 3: 36 months as an educational instructor

  • full-time instructor of meeting, event, exhibition, hospitality or tourism management at an educational institution or university program
  • 36 months of full-time experience in academia
  • Official course outline and syllabus that proves full-time teaching at an educational institution or university program

CONTINUING EDUCATION – CHOOSE 1 of 2 OPTIONS

Option 1: 25 clock hours of educational activities

  • Completed in the past five years
  • Face-to-face conferences, webinars (both live and on-demand), classes and individual sessions
  • Learning objectives must relate to one of the 9 domains in the CMP International Standards (CMP-IS), but it is not required that you have education activities in all 9 domain areas.
  • Effective January 1, 2016, continuing education requirements for the CMP exam have been modified. Of the 25 clock hours needed for eligibility, 20% (5 hours) may be non-industry-specific general education IF the learning objective of the activity relates to one of the 9 domains in the CMP International Standards (e.g.,project management, marketing or financial management).
  • Non-industry-specific continuing education must be reported on the application on a session-by-session basis and appropriate session description and documentation of attendance uploaded as outlined in the CMP Certification Handbook.
  • Unless pre-approved through the Preferred Provider Program, all continuing education is reported on a session-by-session basis and documentation uploaded as outlined in the CMP Certification Handbook.  

Option 2: Industry Internship

This option is typically used by those who have chosen Option 2 in the Experience section of the application.  The internship must have

  • taken place in the past five years
  • included a minimum of 200 hours of work experience with a professional organization through an accredited educational institution or university

Your application must include attach a letter from your faculty/internship advisor or internship supervisor certifying the completion of the internship.This letter must be on official letterhead and signed by the advisor.

Application Review

  • Your application will be reviewed by Events Industry Council staff members. Please allow 3-5 weeks for this review.
  • All applicants are notified via email on the status of the review at the close of the submission period.

Our primary means of communication is through email so please add certification@eventscouncil.org to your personal email contact list.

If Your Application is Approved

All approved applicants will receive notification of their application review and instructions for registering for the exam. Your status will be changed from “applicant” to “candidate.”

If Your Application is Denied

An application may be denied if

  • It did not meet the minimum requirements.
  • Your continuing education activity did not align with one of the 9 domains in the CMP-IS.
  • Your documentation did not include enough information to verify that the continuing education aligned with one of the 9 domains in the CMP-IS (to avoid this, please include a course description with entry.)
  • more than 5 hours of education are not relevant to the meetings industry
  • Your degree was not meetings industry-specific

    Note: Once submitted, you will not be permitted to submit additional information and you will forfeit your application fee.

    If your application is denied, Events Industry Council will send notification via email indicating the sections of the application where the minimum requirements were not met. If you choose to reapply you must complete a new application and pay the application submission fee again.