The Events Industry Council (EIC), the global voice of the business events industry on advocacy, research, professional recognition, and standards, has launched its new CMP Fellows Programme, one of a number of new initiatives designed to enhance the association’s highly regarded CMP programme both in terms of the depth of its offer, as well as its global reach.
The CMP Fellows programme will recognize and reward CMPs and/or Emeritus who continue to make a significant investment towards the betterment of the events industry and the community of people working within it. Fellowship is open to those with at least 10 years’ tenure as a CMP or Emeritus who can provide robust evidence of engagement and experience within the events industry.
A new class of Fellows will be inducted annually, with benefits including access to exclusive networking opportunities, peer-to-peer collaborations and opportunities at EIC and other industry events.
As part of the EIC’s commitment to supporting education and advancement in the industry, the organization’s CMP Governance Commission has created the CMP One-time Reinstatement Programme. The initiative provides eligible meeting professionals an opportunity to reinstate expired certification through continuing education without having to retake the CMP certification exam, meaning that they can still benefit from the industry’s most recognised ‘stamp of approval’.
Amy Calvert, CEO of the EIC, said: “Ensuring event professionals can benefit from the opportunities afforded by continued high-quality education is critical to the future growth of our industry. Our CMP credential has long been regarded as the badge of excellence in the global events industry and these new initiatives ensure that as many event professionals as possible have ready access to and can benefit from accreditation.”
Amy continued: “I am a great believer in recognizing and rewarding achievement, as often this acts as a catalyst for deeper engagement with the industry and serves to inspire and motivate peers. Our new CMP Fellows programme aims to celebrate those who continue to strive to grow and improve our industry and I am very much looking forward to reading the applications for our inaugural Class.”
Events Industry Council CMP Governance Commission Chair Alisa Peters, CMP, CMM said: “The Fellows programme is a special invitation to those thought leaders who we need to be a part of this critical juncture in our industry. We cannot wait to see the ongoing contribution of so many of the most tenured and experienced in our industry, recognized and celebrated – and to provide an ongoing pipeline of mentors to the next amazing generation of meeting professionals, who will continue the legacy for many years to come.”
“The CMP designation has been the gold standard within the event planning industry for nearly 40 years. To further emphasize the commitment, hard work and tenure of those who embrace this field of expertise, the advanced recognition of CMP Fellow has been developed,” said Barbara Connell, CMP, CAE, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. “This credential recognizes those who are dedicated and thrive within this impactful industry. We are delighted to bestow this designation to those who have earned it and value its significance.”
For more information on qualification criteria, benefits of CMP Fellows designation and the submission process, visit www.eventscouncil.org/CMP/CMP-Fellows-Programme. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2022.