With over 14,000 CMPs in 35 countries – the advent of CMP within a nation’s meetings / events industry – establishes a standard of proven ability and applied best practice.
The facts and figures reveal South African meetings / events industry has an untapped treasure-chest of meeting practitioners that continue to stand-up and be recognised together with their peers worldwide.
Since 2006 there have been eight CMP exams in Johannesburg. 145 individuals submitted application forms in order to be accepted as a CMP candidate.
The precursor – in order to be accepted as a candidate – is a minimum requirement of 3 years or more industry experience plus continual professional development – aligned to the CMP Blueprint of the five meeting management domains inherent in all group gatherings. The CMP acceptance process is a focused equivalent to the South African generic industry RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).
Of the 145 submitted applications, 48 (one third) met the minimum requirements with 46 accepted candidates registered to be seated for their CMP exam. Three were non-arrivals to the registered exam site on the day.
The 43 that took part in the four hour exam – 2 have re-written the exam twice, 4 have re-written the exam once and one accepted candidate has re-written the CMP exam more than twice.
37 have gained CMP status with 6 not attaining the raw score requirement. Until candidates achieve CMP status – their identity remains confidential.
Exam papers are scored by Prometric the global test adjudicators. The scores are re-checked by a panel of CMPs sourced and selected internationally. From the ranks of the 37 CMPs – there are two CMPs in the Western Cape, KZN and Eastern Cape respectively. Five CMPs operate out of Tshwane with the majority of CMPs (26) professionally residing from various bases in greater Gauteng.
Over the same period – neither Brazil, Mexico or Singapore have reached the equivalent amount of CMPs as achieved in South Africa.
2012 heralds sweeping new, exciting developments within the CMP programme – which the CMP Network in South Africa will embrace with the same enthusiasm of the previous five years.
These developments will be detailed on Friday 2nd December at Gallagher Convention Centre during the CMP Focus Group with the theme “The Professional Branding of… You” together with the recognition of the 2011 South African CMPs. CPD (Continuing Professional Development) aka clock hour credits can be claimed.