5 Planners on the Value of Meeting Planning Certifications

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Planners speak out on the value of meeting planning certification.

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.”

“I’ve recently finished my postgraduate degree at Event Academy. Now I am holding a Level 7 degree (same level as a MSc) accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. I checked all the masters courses in London and decided on the Events Academy in the end. It was really cost-/time-effective. At the end of my course, i went to job interviews which were arranged by the academy and they hired me before my internship ended. With a business and economics BSc and a little experience in events, I really needed that and now I am very happy with my investment.”

“I have recently completed my Diploma of Events/Travel & Tourism and it has not opened any doors for me whatsoever. In this world it’s not what you know or what you can do but who you know.”

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.