CMP Exam Prep

CMP Exam Prep Course


Earning the Events Industry Council’s Certified Meeting Planner designation showcases your industry expertise to employers and clients and enhances prestige among peers. However, with the last standardized exam in the rearview mirror for many, navigating the CMP-International Standards (CMP-IS) and related study material can be intimidating.

This course from the long-time leaders in professional development and online education is designed to provide you with the strategies, resources, and knowledge to be successful when sitting for the CMP exam.

With self-paced content to complete each week, weekly live online class meetings, a peer-based community forum, and access to on-demand videos to support additional knowledge retention, ELI’s CMP Exam Prep Course provides comprehensive support for your entire CMP certification journey.

Participating in study groups helps learners work toward common learning goals, gain new perspectives, learn new study skills, and fill in learning gaps. However, taking or completing this course does not guarantee passing the CMP Exam.

The course is taught by Carolyn Browning, CMP, CMM, HMCC, who has helped hundreds identify and address knowledge and skills gaps, develop a personal learning plan, and prepare for the exam.

Who should take this course?
  • You are a meeting professional and need some help preparing for the CMP exam.
  • You have already submitted your application and are unsure how to focus your studies.
  • You need additional CE to submit your application and want help focusing your studying (CMP credits are given for all sessions; however, if you have already submitted your application, CE is a bonus and won’t count towards your application or recertification)

Students should be actively pursuing the CMP designation to take the exam within 2-3 months of completing this course.

Interested in a completely self-paced version of this course? Check it out here.

Prerequisites & Course Requirements

To be successful in this course, students will need to purchase (or borrow) the necessary books for weekly reading assignments. These books can be purchased through the PCMA website and include:

  • EIC Manual, 9th edition $99.95 USD
  • Professional Meeting Management, 6th edition $110 USD
  • APEX Industry Glossary (supplemental), $35 USD


  • Define the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) International Standards domains and skills
  • Engage in self assessments in order to identify personal knowledge and skills gaps in CMP content and skills
  • Develop a personal learning plan to address knowledge and skills gaps
  • Practice and apply exam-preparation and test-taking skills to reduce exam anxiety


  • Weekly live scheduled online class meetings. Join your instructor and fellow students to ask questions about course content, the exam process and get additional practice answering test questions. (If you can’t make the live class, all are recorded and available for viewing at a later date). Live classes are planned for Thursdays at 12 pm PST | 3pm EST (subject to change).
  • A peer-based community forum to exchange ideas, network and communicate with other learners to support each other through this challenging process.
  • Six-months of support – from the weekly content and classes to an additional three months of access to course videos and course forums following the conclusion of the course.

Event Leadership Institute has been approved by the Events Industry Council (EIC) as a Preferred Provider of continuing education on all professional development certificate courses, which qualifies for CMP continuing education credit. Determination of continuing education credit eligibility or Preferred Provider status does not imply EIC’s endorsement or assessment of education quality.

Carolyn Browning

Carolyn Browning, CMP, CMM, HMCC, is the Owner & Chief Solution Strategist of MEETing Needs, LLC. On the corporate side, she began her career in the meetings industry, handling customer events and sales meetings at both Sprint and GE Capital, and then went out on her own and never looked back! Passionate about meetings and education, Carolyn seeks to share her knowledge and experience with others – leading CMP prep classes, speaking to groups about how to plan better meetings to engage and inspire audiences, facilitating board retreats, and helping clients design and execute impactful meetings.

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Week 1

  • Course introduction
  • Developing a personal learning plan
  • Identifying personal knowledge and skills gaps as you study

Week 2

  • CMP Domain A | Strategic Planning
  • CMP Domain F | Stakeholder Management

Week 3

  • CMP Domain B| Project Management
  • CMP Domain G, Skill 13 | Develop Program

Week 4

  • CMP Domain C | Risk Management
  • CMP Domain D | Financial Management

Week 5

  • CMP Domain E | Human Resources
  • CMP Domain I | Marketing

Week 6

  • CMP Domain H | Site Management

Week 7

  • Domain G, Skill 15 | Food & Beverage
  • Domain G, Skill 16 | Design Environment

Week 8

  • Domain G, Skill 14 | Speakers
  • Domain G, Skill 17 | A/V & Technical Production
  • Domain G, Skill 18 | Attendee Movement

Week 9

  • Reviewing the exam format and structure
  • Exploring your exam anxieties
  • Practicing and applying test-taking skills
  • Applying your studying and learning plan to address your knowledge and skills gaps

Weeks 10 & 11

  • No classes or content | Self-preparation and studying for practice exam
  • Take virtually proctored practice exam

Week 12

  • Live class with instructor to review practice exam, examine results, discuss anxieties, and answer questions.

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The Event Leadership Institute stands behind all of its content. If you feel you didn't learn what you expected to in this course, just let us know within 30 days of your last lesson and we'll give you a full refund. Click here to view our refund policy and full terms & conditions.

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