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The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program is expected to attract a much larger community of meeting professionals in more countries, due in large part to a multi-year initiative to globalize the certification. This initiative recently culminated in the introduction of the CMP International Standards and computer-based testing. With this expected uptick in international interest, the Convention Industry Council introduces the first CMP Regional Representatives initiative.

"Globalizing the CMP program will continue to be a major focus for CIC," said Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, Chief Executive Officer of CIC. "With professionals in 46 countries around the globe we are well on our way. To build on this we are opening new avenues for sharing information and building networks for CMP candidates through an initiative called the CMP Regional Representatives program."

The Regional Representatives are selected by the CMP Board of Directors based on their knowledge of both the CMP program and the professional environment of the region they represent. Regional Representatives will be available to offer information sessions and informal counseling on the CMP.

General inquiries for candidate information and resources, such as questions regarding CMP policies and procedures, application and examination processes and deadlines, should still be directed to the staff at CIC headquarters. "The Regional Representatives are not a replacement for the expertise and knowledge of the staff at CIC headquarters," noted Kotowski. "They’re regional volunteers -- information sources and advocates for the CMP when professional groups or candidates need information closer to home."

Representatives have been announced for South Africa, North America, South America and Asia Pacific. Candidates are encouraged to contact the representatives should they have in depth questions about the value of the CMP designation, locating continuing education and exam preparation, or connecting with others pursuing the certification.

The CMP Regional Representatives are:

Asia Pacific
Richard Rheindorf, CMP - MCI
South Africa
Chris Prieto, CMP - Emperors Palace

North America
Joanne Joham, CMM, CMP - ICCA
South America
Maria Jose Alvez, CMP - ICCA


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