CGMP Certification

Certified Government Meeting Professional

The Certified Government Meeting Professional designation ("CGMP") is designed for planners and suppliers whose work is governed by the rules and regulations of the federal government. Individuals who have earned their CGMP have obtained the highest designation available that is specifically for government meeting professionals.

In addition to demonstrating your commitment to enhancing your government expertise and to improving the quality of your meetings, earning your CGMP has numerous benefits for your career and for your employer.

To be eligible to take the course, you must be able to confirm six months of SGMP membership as of the first day of the course OR confirm current SGMP membership and one year of employment in the government meetings or hospitality industry as of the first day of the course. The $595 registration fee includes the three-day training sessions, all course materials, and the exam that is administered on the morning of the fourth day.

This course teaches recognized industry practices cited in the Convention Industry Council (CIC) Manual. Included in the course material are 7 sections with specific and thorough instruction in ethics, Federal budget and appropriations, acquisition and contracting, Federal travel regulations, RFPs, risk management and protocol.

Opportunities to participate in the CGMP program are offered year-round and across the country. Our calendar of upcoming courses always includes a program offered in conjunction with our National Education Conference & Expo.

After earning your CGMP designation, you must recertify every three years by completing the recertification form and paying a $100 processing fee. SGMP will attempt to contact you at your membership email on record prior to your CGMP renewal date with a reminder and instructions.

The 2014 edition of the CGMP Training Manual is now available for purchase by all SGMP members, whether you have earned the designation or are considering it in the future. The manual—a critical resource and a key part of your continuing professional development—includes specific and thorough instruction in government rules and regulations, recognized industry practices, plus an appendix of important documents. Get your copy for $95 by signing in at and clicking on Upcoming Events --> Online Store --> CGMP Manual. It will be shipped ASAP and within three business days and purchasers can receive a $95 credit toward a subsequent registration for the CGMP course and exam.

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