by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 01, 2008

ChartWhat does becoming a “certified meeting professional” mean to a planner’s career? To answer that question, M&C conducted an online survey of 338 meeting planners, 46 percent of whom have earned the CMP designation, 18 percent of whom are planning to take the test and 36 percent who are not seeking certification.

The CMP reportedly has added value to the careers of most who have it. More than half of those with the designation (53 percent) said they get more respect from their peers and suppliers, and 34 percent said it gives them more self-confidence at work. Another 29 percent believe they get more respect from their bosses, and 11 percent got a raise when they earned the certification.

Just 7 percent of respondents said the CMP has added no value for them. Listed under “other” were answers such as, “It has personal value to me, and I learned much in the study process.”

The reasons respondents have not gotten their CMPs vary. The largest number (51 percent) don’t feel it’s necessary; 24 percent said they don’t have the time to study; 16 percent don’t want to spend the money, and 6 percent said they “don’t test well.” Four percent have never heard of the certification.

Of those with their CMPs, 80 percent said they will renew their certification when their current five-year tenure expires, while 14 percent aren’t sure and 6 percent will not. Not everyone feels the test was a good indicator of their meeting planning skills, however, with 22 percent saying it was and 48 percent calling it somewhat of a good indicator. About a third (30 percent) said it was not a good test of their skills.

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