Six UK meetings industry associations have endorsed a plan to promote the Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) certification among their members.
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) UK & Ireland will work with fellow acronyms ISES, HBAA, ABPCO, EVCOM and MIA to drive forward the CMP in the UK and have invited members to register for an MPI CMP Boot Camp, which returns to Excel London on 6-7 July. The new dates build on the inaugural camp run last year at Excel.
Led by Skills Funding Agency registered Leeds Beckett University, the Boot Camp will cover 10 of the CMP syllabus domains over a two-day course.
The CMP programme is a globally recognised certification owned and managed independently by the Convention Industry Council (CIC), an organisation formed by 33 member organisations including MPI and ISES. Ten thousand professionals currently hold the CMP certification across the globe.
“Whatever your association affiliation, certification is key and the CMP is the internationally recognised benchmark,” says Beri Kockaya, VP Certification, MPI UK & Ireland.
“It is not an easy process, nor a cheap one. MPI do not own the CMP, there are no self-interests and this collaboration, and the strong endorsements from these associations, suggests there is a desire for this and that the benefit is for all regardless of particular association membership,” Kockaya added.
Chair of the HBAA Learning & Professional Development Committee Chris Nagle said his association was happy to endorse CMP Certification as a recommended route for professional development. “We are currently reviewing our own L&D program and recognise the time and resource that MPI has invested in developing this valuable and credible process which drives quality standards and best practice for our hugely talented and committed sector workforce.”
EVCOM’s CEO Marco Forgione (pictured), said it was “essential that all sectors establish a culture of ongoing development and professionaliaation. MPI boot camp is a fantastic experience and a way of sharpening professional skills and building a valuable network”.
Chief executive of the Meetings Industry Association (mia), Jane Longhurst, added: “Raising standards within the meetings and events industry has always been at the heart of mia and AIM, the standard for venues and suppliers. Therefore, we are pleased to support the CMP programme and recognise its contribution in raising quality standards and professional development for individuals within our fantastic industry.”
Caroline Windsor, joint chair of professional conference organisers’ association, ABPCO, also welcomed the initiative:
“There’s been a lot of talk about how conference management can become recognised as a profession. ABPCO’s PCO members are often responsible for significant budgets and for risk assessments that affect thousands of delegates…Accreditation of training programmes will take us a long way towards our goal of professional recognition so ABPCO is pleased to join MPI and other industry associations to support this initiative.”
International Special Events Society EMEA chair, James Morgan, added his association’s support for the promotion of CMP in the UK. “CIC as the standard bearer for event industry professional development. The mobility of professional qualifications creates global opportunities for the people that hold them. I would recommend that event professionals think about the advantages of mobility and the status that the qualifications afford them,” said Morgan.