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An inaugural class of 54 CMPs now hold the Certified Meeting Professional – Health care (CMP-HC) designation, the industry’s first certification for health care meeting professionals.

Offered as a beta exam in November and December 2013, the 54 CMPs passed the exam and displayed the specific knowledge required to manage health care meetings. CMP-HC is a subspecialty of the CMP program; only those who have already earned their CMP are eligible to pursue the CMP-HC.

“CIC congratulates the early adopters of the CMP-HC. The early interest and success in the program confirms the need for the subspecialty. We see it as a predictor of growth and advancement in health care meetings,” said Convention Industry Council CEO Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP.

Based on the CMP-HC Standards is the foundation and structure of the exam, the official frame of knowledge for the certification. In order to be successful the CMP-HC Standards describe the skills and abilities needed by health care meeting professionals and address the first job analysis for this subdivision of the meetings business.

Like the CMP, subject matter experts developed the CMP-HC exam and will maintain it as well.

Meeting experts must hold a valid and current CMP, have three years (36 months) of experience in health care meeting management and have 15 clock hours of professional development specifically related to health care meeting management to be eligible for certification. Once eligibility requirements are met and an application is accepted, candidates must complete an examination that is specific to health care meeting management, held twice a year in May and November. Applications will be taken for review May 14- Jul. 31 of this year.

For more information, visit http://www.conventionindustry.org/CMP/CMPHealthcare.aspx.

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