Does a CMM Earn More?

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The CMM designation is administered by Meeting Professionals International.

The Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) designation is an MBA-level education program offered by Meeting Professionals International.

The CMM was designed for meeting professionals, both planners and suppliers, with more than seven years of experience, including a minimum of three years in management positions.

This intensive program is completed over a long weekend (3.5 days), followed by eight hours of advanced-level online coursework and a final project focused on solving a real-world business problem. The next training course is May 23 to 26 at Doubletree by Hilton Golf Resort in Palm Springs, Calif. The cost to attend the weekend is $2,499 for MPI members and $2,999 for suppliers or non-member buyers, bundled with a 1-year MPI membership.

According to a recent MPI member survey, the average salary of a meeting professional with a CMM is $107,877 for planners and $114,868 for suppliers. That’s roughly $20,000/year more than members with a CMP and nearly $30,000/year more than members with no credentials.

Unlike the CMP, which needs to be updated, CMMs may use the designation indefinitely. Because the CMM coursework is equivalent to 25 clock hours of approved education from the Convention Industry Council—the same amount required to attain or renew the CMP designation—many people complete their CMM coursework first, then use those hours to earn or renew their CMP status.

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Barbara Scofidio
Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and 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, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

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