The Convention Industry Council announced yesterday that its CMP board of directors has approved new streamlined requirements for the Certified Meeting Professional designation, with a fresh emphasis on work experience and education. Among the changes, candidates with a degree in meeting, event, exhibition, or hospitality and tourism management will be allowed to apply if they have just two years of experience, instead of the three years normally required. Full-time university instructors in meeting and hospitality subjects might be eligible to apply as well. In addition, the CMP's point system qualification will be eliminated; new guidelines call for candidates to have accumulated 25 hours of continuing education or an approved internship or apprenticeship in the industry. Once deemed eligible, a candidate has two years to take and pass the exam. Additionally, the CIC is reviewing the CMP recertification application and soon will announce changes.