Getting the Buy-in: How to Persuade Your Work to Bankroll Your CMP

Earning a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation is good for you — and the place that hired you. Now how can you get your company’s support? PCMA is here to help.

Start by scheduling a meeting with your supervisor to explain how a CMP designation will benefit your organization, your team and your professional development. Here are some points you’ll want to share:


The CMP designation represents the gold standard of excellence in the business events industry. It’s globally recognized, so no matter where you go or where you plan your event, people will know you’re there with a high level of professionalism and mastery of the field.


The CMP testing process is rigorous. It’s a three-hour test consisting of 165 multiple-choice questions that cover nine areas, including strategic planning; meeting and event design; human resources; risk management and financial management. The best way to prepare is a prep course like PCMA CMP Exam Prep, which provides study materials and offers practice tests to gauge your progress and identify your most-crucial knowledge areas.

High Expectations

Obtaining a CMP designation will raise your professional profile and the profile of your organization among current and future clients because it shows you adhere to a standard of practice and ethics.

An Exclusive Club

There are more than 11,000 professionals in 55 countries with a CMP, so you’ll be among an elite group in the business events industry. That gives you and your organization an advantage among competitors.

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