The Association of British Professional Conference Organizers have introduced a re-validation process for existing members, to ensure that they still meet the levels of excellence required for membership, and to confirm their commitment to the industry.
“Excellence is fundamental to membership of the Association of British Professional Conference Organizers—it is a core part of what we stand for and we seek amongst our members,” says Kate Sargent, joint chair of ABPCO. “The introduction of the re-validation process reinforces our passion for promoting both excellence and belonging within the industry and helps us to ensure that our members are in harmony with our ethos and what we represent. This new step within our renewal process will guarantee that all of our members are not only still relevant to the industry but also that they can deliver best practice and industry leading skills whilst remaining passionate and willing to learn and share their knowledge.”
The association’s accreditation committee ensure new member applications are appropriately scrutinized, but have not reviewed the competence of existing members until now. The re-validation process will ensure that renewing members are still active within the industry and are upholding the association’s code of conduct, values and ability to deliver professionally for their clients.
The new process balances the need for the association to demonstrate excellence and professionalism without being unduly burdensome on current members. It includes a commitment to industry best practice and the ABPCO values as well as a declaration of commitment to the code of conduct. Renewing members also need to answer relevant questions selected from the new member application form.
“The Association of British Professional Conference Organizers is a strong brand and our members are recognized for their integrity and professionalism,” Sargent concludes. “This new process will ensure members actively engage with renewing their commitment to the Association of British Professional Conference Organizers code of conduct and are not just buying a membership for the prestige.”
The ABPCO is the UK’s leading organization for professional conference and event organizers, industry associates and those studying for, or seeking a career in, the conference and meetings industry. For more info, visit www.abpco.org.