In order to help meeting professionals determine which areas in their professional development they need to pursue to advance their careers, Meeting Professionals International has developed the Meeting & Business Events Competency Standards (available for free at mpiweb.org/mbecs). The Convention Industry Council's Certified Meeting Professional board of directors has approved the integration of the standards into its new CMP International Standards. The standards were jointly developed with the Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council and funded primarily by the MPI Foundation, with additional contributions from hundreds of academic advisors and senior meeting professionals around the world through various task forces and committees. According to MPI, the MBECS can be used throughout the industry, to help students and instructors choose courses and create curriculums, and to help hiring managers develop accurate job descriptions. The Professional Convention Management Association also will be working with the CIC to align its CMP Online Prep Course and the Professional Meeting Management textbook with the new CMP International Standard for meeting professional certification.