Certification Center

Certification Center

Obtain an Industry Certification

**If you have attended previous FICP events and wish to locate past programs and agendas to support your certification goals, please visit TheNetwork resources section and search for the correct document for download. Log in is required. Questions? Contact us.

Earning a professional industry certification can bring recognition of attaining the highest standard of professionalism in the industry. FICP is committed to helping our planner members and hospitality partners in the process of attaining credentials. A list of resources for some of the many certifications and educational opportunities for professional development are listed below:

Certified Meeting Professional International Standards (CMP-IS)

CMPEffective January 2012, the CMP program has been updated to the CMP International Standards (CMP-IS) program. View a list of frequently asked questions regarding this update. The exam is computer-based.

FICP is pleased to announce its status as a CMP Preferred Provider! More than 80% of the educational content that FICP offers is eligible for CMP credit across the ten domains from the CMP International Standards, helping planner members and hospitality partners grow in their professional development. One benefit of this new Preferred Provider status is that your attendance at FICP events will now be seamlessly linked to your Events Industry Council profile*, making applying for the CMP exam and recertification easier than ever!
Through the CMP-IS program, individuals who are employed in meeting management pursue continuing education, increase their industry involvement and gain industry-wide recognition. In addition, the CMP-IS includes internationally relevant best practices and provides a greater level of detail when describing and categorizing industry knowledge, ability and skills. The requirements for certification are based on professional experience and a written examination. More than 14,000 individuals in 36 countries and territories have earned the CMP designation since its inception.

Visit the Events Industry Council for the latest information in CMP-IS requirements and testing. Here, you can apply for the designation, and pay via credit card on the secure site. Visit the CMP-IS Application Help Center and  look into scheduling an exam here

*Note: You must register for FICP events using the same email address that is associated with your Events Industry Council profile.

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Certification in Meeting Management (CMM)

CMMThe mission of the Certification in Meeting Management (CMM) program is to select, educate and certify management-level meeting and event professionals. The focus of the certification is to provide continuing educational enhancements to the strategic decision-making ability of these leaders to manage and deliver exceptional meetings and events that drive organizational success. Visit the Meeting Professionals International website for more information about obtaining this certification.

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Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP)

CSEPEstablished in 1993, the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation recognizes event professionals who have successfully demonstrated the knowledge, skills and ability essential to perform all components of a special event. For more information about the CSEP program, visit the International Live Events Association website.

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Certified Diversity Meeting Professional (CDMP)

CDMPThe Certified Diversity Meeting Professional designation was created to meet the needs of industry professionals who work and do business with people all over the world. Becoming culturally aware means understanding your customer based on a specific knowledge of a person’s country of origin, cultural nuances and among other traits such as gender, educational level, etc. Read more information here.

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MPI Professional Development and MPI Academy

Through certificate programs, streaming education sessions and monthly webinars, MPI offers opportunities to grow your knowledge base and advance your career with MPI Professional Development. Additionally, the forthcoming MPI Academy will provide meeting and event education for both sides of the brain, aligned with MBECS standards.

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Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM)

Participation in the CEM Learning Program offers exhibition professionals an unparalleled opportunity to secure the most relevant and practical education available in exhibition management. The benefits of this education in the day-to-day operations of a successful exhibition manager are immediately apparent. In addition to the acquisition of practical knowledge, individuals learn to acquire and maintain a competitive edge, stay abreast in a rapidly changing industry, and respond better to customer needs. Learn more.

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Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS)

CiSThe CIS, Certified Incentive Specialist is the entry level certification program for Site Global. Professionals from around the globe will acquire in a very efficient way a very broad comprehension of the incentive travel industry. All emerging professionals, faculty and students aspiring to enter this specialized segment of the meetings and events industry may use this as a stepping stone to reach higher levels of professionalism. More information

Certified Manager of Exhibits (CME)

Certified Manager of Exhibits™ (CME®) is an association-sponsored and administered certification program recognizing professionalism in exhibit and event management and marketing. Members of the Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA) created the CME® program, to help individuals earn valuable industry recognition and advance their careers. TSEA members continually monitor the CME® certification program to ensure it meets the demands, challenges and needs of the trade show industry. Learn more.

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Certified Trade Show Marketer (CTSM)

CTSMCTSM is the only university-affiliated professional certification program in the exhibit marketing industry. First and foremost, the CTSM program trains candidates in trade show and event marketing. Visit the Exhibitor Online website for more information.

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Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP)

The purpose of the DMCP® program is to increase the professionalism within the destination management industry by establishing a level of knowledge and performance necessary for certification; identifying the body of knowledge required; stimulating the art and science of destination management, increasing the value of practitioners to their employers; recognizing and raising industry standards and practices and thereby, ethics; and maximizing the value of the products and services that certified destination management professionals can provide. Learn more about the Destination Management Certified Professional program.

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Global Leadership Professional

GLPThe Global Leadership Professional (GLP) program is a master's level executive education program developed by the GBTA Foundation in conjunction with The Wharton School. It is the only master's level accredited course offered within the business travel industry, and is designed to build upon GBTA's Certified Corporate Travel Executive (CCTE) program. Learn more about the GLP program.

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