Meeting Professionals International (MPI) introduced its new MPI Academy and education programmes at its 2015 World Education Congress (WEC) in San Francisco this week.
The initiatives are part of the association’s drive to centralise its education and learning experiences.
The association also unveiled enhancements to its professional development offerings, including new certificate programmes and experiential events.
The MPI Academy aligns with the Meeting and Business Event Competency Standards (MBECS) and is designed to provide learning opportunities for meeting professionals at all levels.
The Academy portfolio is comprised of training courses, certificate programmes, streaming sessions from MPI events, webinars and tools such as the new MPI Professional Development Roadmap.
“Our objective is to bring focus to the diverse career tracks available,” said MPI president and CEO Paul Van Deventer. He predicted the academy would soon become the most reputable and valued source for advancing a career in the industry.
Earlier this year, MPI began launching new education programmes, most of which are eligible for clock hours and are designed for both planners and suppliers. They include:
Meeting Essentials – Designed for novice and mid-level professionals, the courses cover fundamental knowledge needed to execute and deliver high-quality, meetings, and are recommended in preparation for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exam.
Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate (SMPC) – This intensive certificate course provides education, tools and applicable instruction to immediately begin practicing sustainable meeting planning. It has the only sustainable meeting planning tool independently certified by iCompli Sustainability, a division of BPA Worldwide.
An Experiential Event Series is set for release later in the year and will see MPI partner with high-profile events in key areas such as sports, entertainment, culinary and mega-events to provide unique, intimate education experiences, including behind the scenes tours and discussions.
The programmes will include certificates in areas like event production and sports event management. The first two events include the production of the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City this September and the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in Orlando in November.
The Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) Refresher launches in October designed to keep participants up to date with changing healthcare meeting compliance regulations and trends. It is endorsed by Saint Louis University.
The CMP-Healthcare Certification (CMP-HC) Boot Camp for meeting professionals working within the life sciences sector will commence in autumn 2015. It serves as a comprehensive, study preparation course for the CMP Healthcare Certification exam.
“We have put a lot of thought and effort into strengthening our professional development offerings and look forward to expanding the depth and reach of the new MPI Academy as we continue to evolve and transform our association,” added Van Deventer.
For information about the MPI Academy and its educational offerings including the new MPI Professional Development Roadmap, visit: www.mpiweb.org/ProfessionalDevelopment
MPI now claims a global membership of 18,500 concentrated in 80 chapters and clubs in 22 countries.