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If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to live the life that you have imagined... you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." -  Henry David Thoreau 

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NEW AND IMPROVED CERTIFICATION PROGRAM: The world has changed and so has
our industry. CIMPA has weeded out all obsolete concepts and tools for our
certification program and re-written the examinations to measure knowledge,
skills and competencies that are relevant to the world in which we now live
and work.

CIMPA provides qualified members with 3 types of certification 

Certified Planner of Professional Meetings (CPPM) is a basic certification. This assesses knowledge, skills and competencies in organizing meetings and conventions. 

Certified Global Meeting Professional (CGMP)  puts emphasis on international meetings. 

Certified Internet Meeting Professional (CIMP) focuses on planning meetings on the internet. 


1. What is a credential? There are three credential types:


License—a legal document that you will need to practice certain professions or occupations


Certification—a certificate stating that you have met certain competency requirements


Registration—the formal act of registering your personal information and professional or occupational qualifications with an agency

None of the states in the USA require meeting planners to be  licensed or registered. Certification is voluntary but those who have it get a competitive edge


One way to enhance your professional identity is to complete a credentialing or licensure program in your field. By doing so, you will boost your credibility and make yourself more marketable. You will communicate the idea that you are serious about investing time and effort into work at the highest possible level of knowledge and competence in your field.

With a license or credential in hand, it becomes easier to identify your specific skill areas to others. By adding this information to your resume or professional vitae, you develop clout with both consumers and other professionals. It’s an up-front way of allowing others to judge your competence and feel secure in dealing with you.


BACKGROUND - CIMPA has long been interested in the knowledge requirements of new entrants to the field. The association's members have explored and shared their vision of the competencies and skills required of meeting professionals and have carefully designed these certification programs

As we zoom forward towards the future, meeting professionals face at least three major paradigm shifts.

bulletThe first shift is the transition from paper to electronic media as the dominant form of communication and distribution of information.
bulletThe second shift relates to the increasing demand for accountability, including a focus on customers, performance measurement, bench marking and continuous improvement.
bulletThe third shift comes from globalization. Space and time have become irrelevant as peoples discover new technologies that connect them to each other.

WHAt DO the certification programs measure?

The 3 certification programs primarily assess skills and competencies relevant to meeting planning.
Personality traits and characteristics are assessed by the examinee. Self-assessment profiles are included in the examination package. 
What is the difference between competencies and personality trait? And is it important? Absolutely. 
PERSONALITY TRAITS  - consists of personality descriptors and distinguishing qualities. Here are some common examples:     
  Ambitious  Cooperative  Disciplined Independent        
  Assertive  Creative  Flexible Steadfast
  Committed  Decisive  Humble Team Player
It is important to understand that meeting professionals come to the job with their personality traits already formed. Psychologists know that personality traits are formed early in life. Thus, they tend to resist change. Training is unlikely to alter them in a significant way.
Parry  defines  competency as a cluster of related knowledge, attitudes and skills that affects a major part of one’s job; that correlates with performance on the job; that can be measured against well-accepted standards; and that can be improved via training and development. 
A competency, as defined by author of Models for HRD Practices Patricia McLagan, is an area of knowledge or skill that is critical for producing key outputs. 
Outputs describe the work of meeting professionals by answering the question, What do meeting professionals  provide? 
Competencies, on the other hand, answer the question, What knowledge and skills will enable people to plan meetings professionally? 

Step by step procedure

training program license - CIMPA licenses its training program, a pre-requisite to certification as CPPM, CGMP or CIMP to pre-qualified instructors, trainers, organizations or institutions.


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December 7 - 10, 2011 -- Albuquerque, NM
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