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Certification is top priority for Agencies and Corporates

At a time when professionalism and training standards in the Meetings Industry have been questioned, MPI UK & Ireland delivered a UK first in the form of the inaugural MPI CMP Boot Camp which took place this week at ExCel London.
Top UK event agencies Zibrant and CWT Meetings & Events were amongst the first to undertake this intensive two day training programme. They were joined by a select group of senior corporate meeting planners who are investing in their professional development by working towards becoming Certified Meeting Professionals.

The Boot Camp was developed by MPI partners, the UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Beckett University, thanks to a grant from the MPI Foundation. Based on the Convention Industry Council’s 2012 International Standards, the MPI CMP Boot Camp represents the most advanced training for the CMP Programme available anywhere today. Going forward, the MPI CMP Boot Camp will take place at least twice a year, the next is planned in January and is open to all industry professionals who wish to adequately prepare for the demanding CMP examination.

 “The Boot Camp has enabled me to assess my own skill set against industry peers and I now have a better understanding of my personal study goals to pass the CMP” said Viki Stapleton, Events Manager at Schroders who was among the pioneering group.  "Having been in the events industry for over 15 years, the MPI CMP Boot Camp has been an invaluable aid to recap on my work experiences and learn 'text book' techniques that will help me gain the CMP accreditation.“

Richard Parker, CMM, Director of Healthcare Strategy at Zibrant added, “The boot camp is deliberately intense acting as a powerful, relevant and insightful preparation for the exam.  I want to be at the forefront of the next wave of CMP ambassadors helping raise the professional recognition of which our industry is so deserving.  Leeds Beckett's course design is first class, the pace ideal and the delivery excellent."

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