Are you considering going back to school or getting a meeting planning certification? The Event Planning & Event Management LinkedIn group posed that question to its members recently.
Those who had pursued or were considering pursuing meeting planning certifications shared their experiences. (Responses have been kept anonymous.)
“I believe it depends on which certification. I’ve nearly completed the Sustainable Event Alliance, Accredited Professionals, which will benefit me in all aspects of daily life as well as the event industry.”
“I have received my CMP certification & CMM. Time was worth it to learn & get certifications. I think when interviewing it sets you apart from the competition so I do not think it is a waste of time. Since CMP is so common these days I would suggest CMM if doable. But honestly, what is more important is the experience and interest that you put in your work. People don’t ask for a certificate when they contact me. People ask ‘what you do.’ “
“I have heard very positive ROI with the Cornell Hospitality Certification, but it costs between $3,000 and $5,000.”