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In this section we have provided answers to our most frequently asked questions.
If you do not see the answer to your question here, please contact us.

How many CEs or Clock Hours can I earn for Education Conference/Convening Leaders?
18.25 Clock hours were available at 2017 Convening Leaders and we anticipate a similar amount in 2018. 2017 Education Conference is still being determined.

How may I obtain a list of all the CEs I’ve earned through PCMA?
Visit “sign in” to log in in the top right of this site or “my pcma” if you are already logged in. Click on CE Transcript. You can filter a certain time period at the top. To print out a certificate: use your mouse to right click. Select “print” and then you may print or select save to pdf to download a copy.

I attended an event or session and it isn’t on my transcript.
Complete this form and a member of our team will contact you within 24 hours.

How can I earn CE or Clock Hours with PCMA?
Events, webinars, and courses. Events like Convening Leaders offer a way where you can focus at a F2F event and earn many hours over 2-3 days. If you are looking for a way to earn them from your desk, we offer several CIC approved webinars throughout the year and on demand. Finally, with our CMP Online Prep Course, you can earn up to 25 Clock hours as you take it, and 14.5 with the PCMA Business Events Bootcamp.

What resources does PCMA offer to help prepare for the CMP?
We offer a number of exam prep opportunities including an online course, textbooks, and a study app. The local chapters offer CMP study workshops. If you would like to purchase our proven study materials, visit click here.

Please contact education@pcma.org for additional information.

To recertify my CMP, I need a letter verifying my membership with PCMA. How may I request a copy?
Email membership@pcma.org to receive a copy.

How do I apply for my CMP?
The Convention Industry Council awards the CMP designation. Visit their website for additional information. PCMA provides excellent study materials but does not manage renewals or applications.

How do I renew my CMP?
The Convention Industry Council awards the CMP designation. Visit their website for additional information. PCMA provides excellent study materials but does not manage renewals or applications.

How many CE are needed for the CMP? 
The Convention Industry Council awards the CMP designation. Visit their website for additional information. PCMA provides excellent study materials but does not manage renewals or applications.

When are the future dates and locations of PCMA Convening Leaders?
January 7-10, 2018 at Music City Center in Nashville. Registration will open in late August, early September 2017. Visit Conveningleaders.org for more information.

How can I exhibit at PCMA Convening Leaders?
PCMA does not have an exhibition at PCMA Convening Leaders. Vendors are invited to register as Suppliers. People have been building strong relationships that last, through our networking and education opportunities. The best networking at our event happens from learning side-by-side with those you want to be in business.

I’m budgeting for next year’s professional development. What are the registration costs for 2018 PCMA Convening Leaders?
Registration rates have not been determined yet. Last year’s registration rates were:

Professional Member – $995 (early bird); $1095 (regular)
Professional Non-Member – $1305 (early bird); $1405 (regular)
Supplier Member – $1095 (early bird); $1295 (regular)
Supplier Non-Member – $1530 (early bird); $1730 (regular)

We recommend budgeting an additional $100 for each category, should our rates increase.

Is there a hosted buyer program for Convening Leaders? If so, when does it open and how can I apply?
Yes. The applications are available in late summer.

Contact events@pcma.org for more information.

Is there a schedule available for Education Conference?
Visit the Education Conference site for more information.

What are the registration costs for 2017 PCMA Education Conference?

 

What are the hotels and hotel rate for Education Conference?
Visit the Education Conference site for more information.

Contact events@pcma.org for more information

I want to speak at a PCMA event – where can I submit my information?
Our education team reviews content submitted via this form on an as-needed basis and will contact you if your topic is applicable to a program under development. Note: the only program for which PCMA actively solicits presentations is Convening Leaders, through an official call each spring.

Do you have to be a member to attend a PCMA events?
Everyone is welcome to join us at PCMA events, however, members receive special discounts.

What other events does PCMA offer aside from Convening Leaders and Education Conference?
View all PCMA events here.

With which currency can I pay my dues?
All membership dues must be paid in U.S. dollars.

Are membership dues tax deductible?
PCMA dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution for federal tax purposes, but may be deductible as a business expense (check with your accountant for more information).

I can’t update my company information online.
All company update requests must be made directly through Member Services.

We paid for an employee to be a PCMA member and want to transfer that membership. What do we do?
PCMA membership is applied to an individual vs a company or organization. Transfers are not allowed with less than 90 days remaining on the membership. A $50 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged to the new member.

I recently switched jobs. Will I lose my membership?
Switching jobs will not result in a loss of a PCMA membership unless the employment contract specifically indicates otherwise. If you’ve recently switched positions be sure to log-in to your PCMA account and update your contact information.

Are memberships on a company or individual basis?
All PCMA memberships are awarded on an individual basis regardless of who pays dues per the PCMA Bylaws.

How can I determine when my membership is up for renewal?
Visit “My PCMA” in the top right of the site and log in to view when your membership is up for renewal. Contact membership@pcma.org for assistance.

Does my membership expire at the end of the calendar year?
Memberships run on an annual anniversary basis. Join and end dates may vary depending upon when payment was initially submitted. Example: John Smith joined PCMA on October 14, 2016. John will remain a member in good standing from November 1, 2016 through October 31, 2017.

What are the benefits to becoming a PCMA member?
View member benefits here.

How do I select my membership category?
If you spend more than 51% of your time in the development, organization and management of meetings, conventions, exhibits and seminars, you are a Business Event Professional.

If you spend more than 51% of your time as a vendor to or supplier for the industry, you are a Supplier Partner.

View membership options here.

PCMA reserves the right to review your membership category. If we have a question, we will contact you for clarification.

What is an associate membership?
To qualify for an Associate level membership, prospective members must provide the name of the PCMA Professional member at his/her company location. Associate members may only attend Convening Leaders at the Associate rate one time.

Do you offer special rates for college students?
Yes. PCMA Student Memberships are reserved for current students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at an accredited college/university. At the time of the application students must provide the College/University Name, E-mail, and mailing address. See our current list of active Student Chapters to learn more about events happening on campus. Don’t see your College/University listed? Complete the Annual Application for Student Chapters and submit to students@pcma.org.

How can I enroll in the $100 Recent Graduate Upgrade program?
All current PCMA Student Members are eligible for the Recent Graduate Upgrade Program. Member dues are reduced to $100 per year for the next 3 years upon graduation. Recent graduates have up to 6 months to redeem this special offer. To upgrade your membership, please complete the request form.

Does PCMA provide letters to employers indicating the benefits of attending an annual meeting?
Yes. To obtain a copy simply visit the event’s webpage registration tab. 2017 Convening Leaders Gain Approval Letter and Worksheet now available online. 
Please contact events@pcma.org if you need anything further.

How do I reset (or retrieve) my password?
To reset your password simply click here. If you require additional assistance , please contact Member Services and someone will reach out to assist you momentarily.

I can’t update my company information online.
All company update requests must be made directly through Member Services.

How do I get a copy of my payment receipt?
To obtain a copy of your recent membership transaction receipt, please contact Member Services.

For educational products contact the Education Department.

Does PCMA offer any group company discounts?
Not for all products. Companies with at least one full Professional/Supplier member may add additional associate-level memberships. Please contact education@pcma.org for information on product savings.

Are there any financial assistance programs offered through PCMA?
Yes. PCMA offers relief programs for member dues, including Employment Transition Dues Reduction (ETDR)* and Installment Payment Agreement**

*PCMA Employment Transition Dues Reduction requests reduce payment of dues to $50 USD. The ETDR is reserved for members in good standing for more than 3 years upon recommendation of the PCMA Director, Member Services. Additional requirements pertain.

 **Installment Payment Agreement breaks down member dues into two or three installment payments. Dues will be placed on an automated payment schedule. Please contact Member Services for additional information.

What types of payment methods do you accept?
PCMA accepts all major credit cards, checks, and wire transfers for payment. Please contact payments@pcma.org if you need anything further.

Where should checks be mailed?
To pay by check, please include a copy of the original invoice along with payment and address to: PCMA, 38407 Eagle Way, Chicago. IL 60678-1384

What are PCMA’s Community Rules?
We invite our members to use the PCMA Catalyst Forum & Directory as a place to engage in discussion and debate, but all users must abide by the community rules. Read details on PCMA’s community values and standards here.

Do you sell your list or data?
No we do not sell a mailing list to anyone. Our members’ privacy is very important to us. We require that our members sign an agreement that they will not mass communicate with each other.

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