by Terence Baker | November 01, 2005

cmp leadAvid readers of M&Clikely are familiar with the CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) and CMM (Global Certification in Meeting Management) designations, but those are just a few among many in the industry’s alphabet soup. Here’s a rundown:
    " CAE (Certified Association Executive; Cost: $500 for members/$750 nonmembers. Requirements: Applicants need 75 hours of continuing education within the past five years and must pass an exam.
     " CDME (Certified Destination Management Executive; Cost: $5,250 for members of Destination Marketing Association International, and up to $7,350 for nonmembers. Requirements: Applicants must be members of a convention and visitors bureau. Study involves three three-day courses and two two-day courses, leading to a comprehensive final exam.
    " CEM (Certified in Exhibition Management; Cost: $2,385 for the course. Requirements: Applicants must be trade show managers. Study involves nine full-day courses or nine monthlong online programs, leading to an exam.
    " CHME (Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive; Cost: $350 for members/$450 nonmembers. Requirements: Applicant must take an exam and write a research paper.
    " CME (Certified Manager of Exhibits; Cost: $100 in total. Requirements: Applicants need to undergo education totaling 70 hours.
    " CTSM (Certified Trade Show Marketer; Cost: $195, plus $90 for each seminar attended. Requirements: Applicants must attend 28 seminars and take an exam.