National Credential
Credential: Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Events Industry Council

The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program aims to increase the professionalism of meeting management professionals in all sectors of the industry. To earn the CMP credential an individual must meet specific application requirements and pass a rigorous written examination. The CMP exam is based on the CMP International Standards and covers 10 domains. Candidates must have a minmum of 36 months of professional experience and a minimum of 25 clock hours of continuing education activities or complete an industry-specific internship.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 56M Religious Affairs Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 36 months
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Events Industry Council
2025 M Street NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC  20036
Phone: (202) 367-1190
Email: info@eventscouncil.org

Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

Option 1: Industry Internship: A candidate must have completed an industry internship in the past five years which included a minimum of 200 hours of work experience with a professional organization through an accredited educational institution or university.

Option 2: Continuing Education: A candidate must have fulfilled 25 clock hours of education activities within the past five years. The subject matter must relate to one of the 10 domains in the CMP International Standards.

Option 1: Professional Experience: A candidate has a minimum of 36 months of work experience in the meeting, event, exhibition, hospitality and tourism industry. Experience must have been within the past five years.

Option 2: Professional and Education Experience: A candidate has a minimum of 24 months qualifying full-time work experience in the meeting, event, exhibition, hospitality and tourism industry AND holds a bachelors degree in the hospitality/tourism field. Experience must have been within the past five years

Option 3: Professional Experience in Academia: A candidate is currently a full-time instructor of meeting, event, exhibition or hospitality/tourism management at an educational institution or university program with 36 months of full-time experience in academia within the past five years.

The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must provide a completed professional resume/curriculum vitae as well as documentation of education received and training courses attended.

Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

  • Strategic Planning (16%)
    • Manage Strategic Plan for Meeting or Event
    • Develop Sustainability Plan for Meeting or Event (e.g., corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability)
    • Develop Business Continuity or Long-Term Viability Plan of Meeting or Event
  • Project Management (15%)
    • Plan Meeting or Event Project
    • Manage Meeting or Event Project
  • Risk Management (8%)
    • Manage Risk Management Plan
  • Financial Management (10%)
    • Manage Event Funding and Financial Resources
    • Manage Budget
    • Manage Monetary Transactions
  • Human Resources (3%)
    • Acquire Staff and Volunteers
    • Train Staff and Volunteers
    • Manage Workforce Relations
  • Stakeholder Management (8%)
    • Manage Stakeholder Relationships
  • Meeting or Event Design (16%)
    • Develop Program (content and activities of event)
    • Engage Speakers and Performers
    • Coordinate Food and Beverage Services
    • Design Environment
    • Manage Technical Production
    • Develop Plan for Managing Movement of Attendees
  • Site Management (12%)
    • Select Site
    • Design Site Layout
    • Manage Meeting or Event Site
    • Manage On-site Communications
  • Marketing (11%)
    • Manage Marketing Plan
    • Manage Marketing Materials
    • Manage Meeting or Event Merchandise
    • Promote Meeting or Event
    • Contribute to Public Relations Activities
    • Manage Meeting-Related Sales Activities
  • Professionalism (1%)
    • Exhibit Professional Behavior

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential has the following recertification information:

To recertify, CMPs must provide proof of:
  • 36 hours of experience in an industry-specific position, and
  • 25 hours of continuing education activities or 15 hours of continuing education activities and three industry-support activities
Additional information about recertification can be found in the CMP Recertification Handbook.