What other certifications do you have?
What 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
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
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