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How many times have you recertified your CMP?  I was recently at a CMP breakfast held at DMAI’s Destinations Showcase in Washington, DC and one of the attendees had recertified four times.  Yes, four times.  That means she has had her designation for over 20 years.  I, on the other hand, have recertified twice and have three more years before recertifying.  There is something to be said about the number of times one recertifies and the value that individual holds in continuing to have his or her CMP credential.  

There are currently over 9,600 CMPs across the globe in 51 countries, including the U.S.  How powerful is that?  As CMPs, we value our knowledge & expertise, are committed to our profession and credibility and believe in continued development, which is an enhancement to our employers, staff, customers, and community. Approximately 800-1000 people recertify their CMP designation each year and it's definitely worth it. As we point out in our featured article, CMP is becoming a preferred hiring indicator among employers, so attaining and keeping that certification is important for both professional growth and development. 

If you are like me, you have a folder where you keep all of the materials that qualify for CMP recertification. But, regardless of what type of system works for best for you in terms of tracking the items needed for your recertification, continue to use it.  For those of you who have not recertified in the past few years), CMP recertification requires that your continuing education follows the CMP-IS Domain guidelines. The CMP-IS is the current body of knowledge required for CMPs and also outlines the exam content- it is comprised of  ten domains, 30 skills and 106 sub skills.  Be sure that the continuing education you are taking meets one of the domain areas, though it is not necessary for you to have credits in each of the domains.

CIC has provided resources along with guidelines to assist us with recertification.  I encourage you to use these resources as they are created to save you time and energy and allow you to focus on the value of maintaining your CMP.  You can find all of this right at your fingertips on our website. For your convenience, CIC has also created a video that takes you step-by-step on what you need to do to recertify for your CMP.  Check it out here

The CIC staff is also available to answer any questions you might have as you begin your recertifying.    

Cheers to you for continuing the CMP journey!

Karen M. Gonzales, CMP, is Chair of the CMP Board of Directors.


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