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Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM), a leading global exhibition for the U.S. meetings and events industry, has teamed with RecertTrack to support meeting professionals in continuing their career education. Showcasing the first-ever “Official Education Tracking Service,” the partnership will debut at AIBTM in June 2014.

Through its Association & Meeting Professional Advancement Portal, RecertTrack is the only provider globally to offer centralized tracking, storage and delivery of re-certification documents online. As a Web-based platform, the program is able to track, update and hold education information as well as remind users when recertification is due.

RecertTrack effectively provides Certified Meeting Planners, Certified Exhibition Managers and Certified Association Sales Executives with a framework for managing their professional development.

“Career advancement for certified professionals in the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) industry is highly dependent on education, and keeping track of continuing education unit (CEU) documentation is vital,” explained Michael Lyons, exhibition director, AIBTM. “The industry has been in need of automated re-certification tracking for a long time, and AIBTM is pleased to join with RecertTrack to offer the Association & Meeting Professional Advancement Portal in Orlando.”

Emphasizing the importance of career development in the MICE industry, RecertTrack officials claim it will be the first program adopted by AIBTM to aid meetings industry professionals.

“AIBTM is the first entity in the meeting industry to partner with RecertTrack and offer online document management and automated recertification tracking solution to meeting professionals,” said Cedric Calhoun, founder and chief executive, RecertTrack. “As a premier MICE organization, AIBTM understands that continuing education and certification is part of a greater need for better structure in career development.”

Calhoun will head the “To Certify or Not to Certify” education session that will focus on the importance of continuing education and the career path structure that is provided by certification programs. It will also highlight recent research studies on the MICE industry and how it impacts the future progression of the individual meeting planner and overall industry. This session will take place Jun. 10 as part of the AIBTM professional education program.

To apply for the AIBTM Hosted Buyer program or register to attend AIBTM as a Trade Visitor, visit www.aibtm.com/Visiting.

For more information on RecertTrack, visit www.recerttrack.com/assn-meetings.

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