Recertification Requirements

To recertify your CMP designation, your application must include proof of both EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION.

Download the CMP Recertification Handbook for complete information on documenting your 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. 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 included 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: Professional Experience in Academia

  • 36 months as a full-time or part-time instructor of meeting even, exhibition, hospitality or tourism management at an educational institute or university program. Experience must have been completed at time of application submission.
  • An official course outline or syllabus included with your application.

CONTINUING EDUCATION – CHOOSE 1 of 3 OPTIONS

Option 1: 25 clock hours of educational activities

  • 25 clock hours must have taken place in the past five years. Up to 12.5 of these hours may be non-industry-specific activities IF the subject matter aligns with one of the 10 domains in the CMP-IS (e.g., project management or financial management).
  • Activities may be face-to-face conferences, webinars (both live and on-demand), classes, or individual session.
  • Continuing education (CE) clock hours must align to one of the 9 Domains in the CMP International Standards. You are not required to have CEs in each of the Domains.
  • All activities must include attendance documentation and course descriptions

Option 2: 15 clock hours of educational activities AND 3 industry support activities

  • 15 continuing education (CE) clock hours must have taken place in the past five years.  Up to 7.5 of these hours may be non-industry-specific activities IF the subject matter aligns with one of the 9 domains in the CMP-IS (e.g., project management or financial management).
  • Activities may be face-to-face conferences, webinars (both live and on-demand), classes, or individual sessions.
  • CEs must align to one of the 9 Domains in the CMP International Standards. You are not required to have clock hours in each of the Domains.
  • All activities must include attendance documentation and course descriptions
Industry support activities include
  • Membership in a meeting/hospitality industry organization
  • Volunteer leadership role in meeting industry organization
  • Author of a published industry-related article
  • Speaker at an event on an industry-related subject
  • Participate in a CMP application review
  • Participate in a Events Industry Council-sponsored panel (such as a Standard Setting Panel, Item Review Panel or Job Analysis Panel)

Policy Update: Beginning in 2015, Events Industry Council will no longer accept “CMP study group leader” as an industry-support activity. See the Industry-Support section of the Recertification Handbook for information about presenting continuing education at a study group, which will count for credit in the “Speaker” category.

Option 3: Formal education

  • For this option you must have earned a associate’s degree or higher or its international equivalent in an industry-related field within the past five (5) years (e.g., a degree in Hospitality Management, Event Management, Hotel Management, etc.). Note general business degrees (for instance, business, communications or marketing) will not be accepted for this option but some of the courses in your degree program – if they are industry-specific – may be used for CE credit under Option 1 – Continuing Education
  • A transcript from the institution or a copy of the degree or diploma must be submitted. If the degree or diploma is presented in a language other than English, a translation must be provided.

Recertification Application Review

All recertification applications are reviewed to determine if the recertification requirements have been met. Applicants will be notified of the review results 6-8 weeks after application receipt.

If Your Application is Approved

You will receive a new certificate in the mail that will show your new certification cycle dates.  Your new certification dates will start where your previous cycle ended.  Submitting your application early in your fifth year OR late (e.g., in your "lapsed" period) will not change your next cycle start date.

If Your Application is Denied


You will receive an email stating the reasons your certification was not accepted.  Typical reasons a certification application is not approved:
  • Your application did not meet the minimum requirements.
  • Some or all of your continuing education activity did not align with one of the 10 domains in the CMP-IS.
  • Your documentation did not include enough information to verify that the continuing education aligned with one of the 10 domains in the CMP-IS (to avoid this, please include course or session description with each entry.)
  • Your degree was not industry specific

If you choose to reapply, you must complete a new application and pay the recertification application fee again.  You may only submit a new recertification application if you are still within your recertification year (the fifth year of your certification cycle) or during the 90-day grace period ("lapsed" status).

EIC recommends (but does not require) that applicants submit more than the minimum requirements in case some are not approved. 

Application Appeal

If your re-certification application is denied, you have one (1) opportunity within fourteen (14) calendar days of the denial notice to appeal the application decision. This appeal process is the applicant's opportunity to clarify or provide further explanation of any items that were disallowed or found to not meet requirements by the reviewers. Applicants may submit clarifying information for consideration that supports what has already been submitted.

Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Events Industry Council Office and include a cover letter addressed to the Certification Director. Appeals will be accepted via email: certification@eventscouncil.org (subject line must read: CMP Application Appeal - Applicant's Name) or via fax +1 571-527-3105.

Appeals may not include additional continuing education activities that were not included in the initial application. Appeals are not allowed for applications in which information was misrepresented. Applications containing fraudulent or willfully misrepresented qualifications will result in the permanent disqualification of the applicant.

The parties in the appeal process are strictly limited to the applicant, Events Industry Council Staff and the CMP Governance Commission. Applicants should refrain from engaging any other parties to write letters of support, make telephone calls or otherwise attempt to influence the appeal process. Doing so may result in immediate termination of the appeal.