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Lifelong Learning to Grow Your Career

Continuous learning is essential for everyone, but especially in the meeting industry as meeting professionals face increasing demands from their clients and employers to prove their skills in a constantly-changing industry.

It is very important for meeting planners to participate in certification programs and continuing education to enhance respect for the profession and advance individual careers.

Continuing education, including certification programs, helps meeting planners to stay abreast of the latest trends, technology and regulations. Programs with designations like the Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) and the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) allow meeting professionals to showcase their skills and knowledge, putting them ahead of their competition in the job market.

Today’s programs are far more learner centered, innovative and relevant to immediate meeting planner and company needs than ever before. No longer simply a reward for high potential planners or a chance to renew an individual’s knowledge base, certification programs are increasingly harnessed as strategic tools for companies and their employees to stay ahead of the game. At the same time, these programs also have been undergoing profound changes — resulting in leaner and meaner training options.

Choose the programs that relate directly to your job and you will have more success at retaining the knowledge. However, also choose some programs that are outside your knowledge base to stimulate your creative thinking.

In August 2015, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) formally introduced the new MPI Academy, an entity that encompasses and connects all of the education and learning experiences MPI delivers within the meeting and event industry and beyond. In addition, the association has unveiled enhancements to its professional development offerings, including a variety of new certificate programs and experiential events.
For today’s meeting and event professionals, the biggest trends regarding certification and continuous education involve taking key general business subject matter and principles and applying them specifically to this industry — whether it is ROI, social media marketing, app development, participative (versus passive) learning, financial fitness and multi-generational participants.