The initial dates planned for an exam to certify health care meeting planners has been rescheduled.
Instead of a beta exam for those interested in receiving the Certified Meeting Professional-Healthcare designation (CMP-HC) from the Convention Industry Council being held this month, it is being moved to a period from Nov. 7 to Dec. 2 at Prometric testing centers throughout the United States.
Once the exam moves past its initial introductory testing phase, it will be held on a semiannual basis each May and November.
Perhaps in part because of the delays, all fees associated with taking the beta exam are being waived. Once fully implemented, the cost of the test will be $155 for an application fee and $255 for the exam fee. Originally, it was announced that the application fee would be waived, but that has been changed to include the exam fee as well.
In an earlier interview with MedExpo, Karen Katowski, the CIC’s CEO, said a special certification for health care meeting planners is becoming ever more important with the impending implementation of the Affordable Care Act, as the rules and laws regulating marketing in health care become more complicated.
A group of more than 100 volunteers has worked for more than a year to develop the parameters of the body of knowledge health care meeting planners should have, creating an exam that would allow planners to demonstrate their command of the field.
To qualify for the new CMP-HC certification, applicants must already have their CMP. In other words, the health care component is an “add-on” to the traditional certification and is not intended as a replacement. Applicants also must have three years of experience in health care meeting management and 15 hours of professional development specifically related to health care meetings.
The beta test—and, likely, the exams to follow, which will be available twice a year—will have 100 questions. What will constitute a passing grade will be determined once the beta exams are graded and evaluated. Because of the additional evaluation, it is likely those who take the beta test will have to wait six to eight weeks for their results. Those who do pass the beta test, which is being limited to 150 people, will be the first to receive the CMP-HC certification.
For more information, visit the CIC website.