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Plans made to boost industry certification among UK planners

MPI UK&I team with International Confex for marketing campaign, urging UK event professionals to become certified

MPI UK&I president Richard Parker

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) UK & Ireland chapter has formed a new partnership with International Confex to bolster its push for certification.

The partnership will produce a joint marketing campaign to urge event professionals become a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), as well as deliver the UK's first CMP BootCamp Live experience.

There are 10,000 CMPs in 55 countries, but MPI and other associations want to see the number of UK professionals grow.

"CMP has an important role to play in continual professional development for the industry’s best people and we’re delighted to be supporting it," said Liz Agostini, event director at International Confex.

"This is exactly the sort of meaningful partnership we are creating with the industry’s key trade associations - one which goes well beyond the exchange of logos and brings real long-term value to both parties. We gain some amazing educational content at the show for our visitors, and are able to provide 360 degree support in publicising the considerable value MPI offers its members."

The BootCamp Live experience will offer planners an intensive day and a half programme to help them prepare for and learn more about CMP. It will test planners against 10 key knowledge domains in the live environment, on site at International Confex.

Richard Parker, president of MPI UK Chapter, added: "Confex are keen that their show represents the very best educational platform for professionals to get ahead with inspiration, ideas, networks, and professional education.

"We know the partnership with MPI and the promotion and preparation for CMP will help to achieve this and will support industry and UK event companies to gain the many benefits of this long-established, global and outstanding certification awarded by the CIC.”

International Confex will take place at Olympia London on 2-3 March.

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