Posts tagged CMP
Posts tagged CMP
Today is the day when I should receive the results of my CMP exam. I truly have no idea if I passed, but I do know that I studied hard, learned a great deal about my chosen career and made a great friend in the process. I did my best and that counts for something, but let’s all cross our fingers and hope I passed! I really want to put those three letters after my name. Doesn’t Diana Diller, CMP have a nice look to it? Here’s to hoping three months of hard work pays off today….
I decided to move my CMP Exam timeline up. I’ll now be taking the test on July 20 which means I have 51 more days of non-stop cramming meeting and event planning logistics into my brain. I’m already dreaming in flashcards. I’ve complete cut myself off from reading anything that’s not CMP related. The magazines are piling up and my Kindle has a thick coat of dust on it.
Naturally all I can think about - besides what accrual accounting is versus cash accounting - is what book I’ll start reading immediately after I complete the exam. I just learned about Pulphead, a collection of pop culture essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan. This sounds right up my alley, well aligned with my love of Chuck Klosterman. It is on my To Read list for sure, along with a dozen others. Oh how I miss pleasure reading!
*P.S. I’m having trouble seeing images on Tumblr on my work computer, but everything looks perfect at home on my Mac. I wonder what’s going on. Is anyone else experiencing technical issues?
The letter - it finally came!
Congratulations! Your CMP application has been approved. You have successfully completed the first step towards becoming a Certified Meeting Professional and are now eligible to sit for the CMP examination.
The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation is earned by individuals in the meeting planning profession who achieve a certain level of experience and knowledge. You cannot even apply to take the CMP exam until you have five or more years in the business (or a college degree in hospitality plus two years of work experience) and a bundle of continuing education credits. I applied and was accepted! This is no small feat, but the real test is, well, the test.
Between now and November I will become a student of my profession learning things about being an event planner that I will never actually need to know in real life but taking this exam will prove that if I did needed to know it, I would have that knowledge. And that I do know the things I should know to do my job well. Which means I not only need to be keenly aware of what I already do, but I need to learn every nuance of event planning I might ever be called upon to use. The exam is hard. It will take months to study and I plan to crush that exam.
What do I get when it’s all over? Three letters and a load of satisfaction. The capital C-M-P mean a great deal in this business because they prove you are at the top of your game in our industry. You’re dedicated to this profession and everyone knows your level of knowledge and experience is top notch.
Like the Oscars it is an honor just to be nominated, or in the case of the CMP to simply be accepted through the application process. Today I celebrate clearing that hurdle as I look towards ordering a pile of books and start studying. Flashcards - here I come!