by Hunter R. Slaton | November 30, 2009

The International Association of Hispanic Meeting Professionals' Certified Diversity Meeting Professional certification is designed "to increase the professionalism of meeting management professionals in the fields of diversity and sustainability issues." The exam -- which presumes professional experience of two to three years in organizing international meetings and incentives -- is held each year at IAHMP's annual meeting. A study day held beforehand covers techniques and Q&A about international meetings, as well as new trends in meeting planning, technology, client attitude and requirements, and more.

The first CDMP exam was administered at the association's December 2008 conference in San Diego. As of this month, more than 100 people will hold the CDMP certification. According to Margaret Gonzalez, president and founder of IAHMP, five times that number have expressed interest in obtaining the certification in 2010.

The exam consists of questions selected by the CDMP Education Committee from the overall course content, in three parts: 20 multiple-choice questions, five short-answer questions and an essay. Subjects covered include basic meeting planner skills, such as developing a budget and site selection, as well as diversity topics such as the following.

• Characteristics and demographics of meeting participants

• Awareness of diversity issues (e.g., accessibility, cultural sensitivity, holidays, food preferences, etc.)

• Multiculturalism of delegates

• Creating diversity-aware educational programs

• International protocol and etiquette

• International VIP diversity management (e.g., international etiquette and protocol issues)

Those who pass the test receive CDMP certification and are honored at the IAHMP's Diversity Awards Gala Dinner. The study day and exam cost $475 for IAHMP members and $600 for nonmembers. For more information, visit