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Reminder: New Recertification Policies Announced for CMPs

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All CMPs must recertify their designations every five years to remain certified. Effective January 1, 2016, CMPs will have three months, instead of one year, after their fifth-year end date has passed to submit their recertification applications. 

Prior to this policy change, CMPs were given a one-year grace period after their December 31 end date to submit their applications. This sixth year was also known as the "lapsed" year. At the June 2015 CMP Governance Commission meeting, members voted to shorten this grace period from one year to three months. Beginning January 1, 2016, those CMPs who have not submitted their recertification application during their fifth year will have until March 31 of the next year to submit their application or their CMP will expire.

"The one-year grace period was confusing some CMPs," said Joanne Joham, CMP, CMM, 2015 chair of the CMP Governance Commission. "We were receiving many recertification applications in which all of the continuing education requirements were completed in the sixth year. This defeats the purpose of recertifying your CMP, which is to prove you are remaining current in the meetings field." 

All recertification applications must be submitted by December 31 of the CMP’s fifth year. In addition, all the continuing education requirements must have been completed during this five-year certification cycle. For more information about the CMP recertification requirements, please refer to the 2015 edition of the CMP Recertification Handbook. To find pre-approved continuing education activities, visit the Preferred Provider Directory for both face-to-face and online opportunities. 


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