How to A-C-E the CMP

You’ve decided to go for your Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation — the gold standard of excellence in the business events industry, held by 11,000 professionals in 55 countries.

Now what?

We know the idea of a three-hour exam sounds daunting, so here are tips on how to make your preparation process smoother.

Make sure you’re qualified

There are employment and CE requirements for taking the CMP exam. Make sure you have met them before you start the registration process.

Create your CMP online account

Even if you don’t meet the CMP application requirements right now, start your account to help you track and record your continuing education.

Update your resume

You’ll need to attach your resume when you submit your application. Plus, this update will help you detail your professional experience.

Schedule your exam

If you’re the kind of person who works better with a deadline, set your exam date before you begin studying. Otherwise, you can schedule your exam whenever you are ready. Exams are administered around the world by Prometric, an independent testing agency. You can find CMP testing locations by searching “EIC” or “Events Industry Council” on Prometric’s website.


Find or create a study group and enroll in a course like PCMA CMP Exam Prep, where you can take a full-length timed CMP practice exam, earn up to 68 CE credits to apply toward your certification and review the nine EIC domains covered in the test. In addition, PCMA CMP Exam Prep offers pre- and post-tests for each domain so you can see where you should focus your studies.

I don’t know if I would have passed without (PCMA’s) prep course. Getting a sense of what questions were going to be like with the pre- and post-testing for each section helped me out.”

Jenny Stanfield, CMP, sales manager, group and events for Cineplex

Review the CMP International Standards

See how each of the nine domains are weighted in the CMP Exam so you can better target your test prep efforts. The Events Industry Council reviews its International Standards every five years.

Test-day tips

Prometric testing sites are secure, so bring your ID and expect to pass through a metal detector and store your belongings in a locker. More testing-site details are available at Prometric .

Good luck!

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