The CSEP designation is the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry. It is earned through education, performance, experience, and service to the industry, and reflects a commitment to professional conduct and ethics. Moreover, the CSEP can make you more attractive to potential clients and employers.
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How is the CSEP different from the CMP?
The Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP), is in no way is affiliated with the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation. In a totally non-competitive posture, the CSEP is structured to complement the CMP designation. Whereas the CMP is focuses more on meetings and tradeshows, the CSEP focuses on an event as a whole – planning an event or meeting from the proposal to post-event evaluation.
The Convention Industry Council (CIC)
CIC was founded in 1949 and has now grown to include 32 member organizations – of which ISES is a proud member.
The Convention Industry Council's member organizations represent more than 103,500 individuals, as well as 17,300 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industries.
CIC offers its members many tools and programs designed to support the industry and meet its challenges; facilitate the exchange of information and ideas; educate the public on the industry's profound economic impact; and ensure its credibility and high standards of quality - this includes administering the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)
certification program. Visit the CIC website
to see how the organization achieves these goals.
ISES is a proud supporter of the Convention Industry Council’s Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Program.
NOCA - National Organization for Competency Assurance
ISES is a proud member of NOCA. Established in 1977, the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) is the leader in setting quality standards for credentialing organizations.
NOCA promotes excellence in competency assessment for practitioners in all occupations and professions by:
- Providing expertise and guidance
- Developing and implementing standards for accreditation of certification programs through NCCA (NOCA's accrediting body)
- Providing educational and networking resources
- Serving as an advocate on certification issues