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Professional Certification
Achieving the CMP

The Certified Membership/Marketing Professional (CMP) designation is achieved through an online program offered on demand for greater flexibility. In order for a PCMA member to attain the CMP, the following requirements must be achieved within a 24-month timeframe in any sequence:

  • Complete the two-day Annual Membership and Marketing Conference
  • Complete all courses within the CMP online program
  • Successfully pass the CMP exam with a score of 78% or higher

The exam is administered at the Annual Membership and Marketing Conference. If a PCMA member does not pass the exam, he or she will have one opportunity to retake the exam at the Conference the following year.

Achieving the MCMP

The Master Certified Marketing Professional (MCMP) and Master Certified Membership Professional (MCMP) are master level programs designed for CMPs with a desire to achieve sustained excellence in club strategic membership and marketing management. The MCMP represents the highest educational designation in the membership and marketing profession. In order to attain the MCMP, a CMP must complete the following requirements:

  • Maintain active CMP status
  • Complete at least two MMI electives (MMI electives are offered in a classroom setting at each Annual Membership and Marketing Conference)
  • Complete the two-day course, Strategic Membership and Marketing Management (offered in a classroom setting at each Annual Membership and Marketing Conference)
  • Complete Case Study Assignment (assigned after completing the Strategic Membership and Marketing Management course)
Maintaining the CMP and MCMP

In order to maintain CMP or MCMP active status, a PCMA member must complete the following minimum requirements:

  • Complete the two-day Annual Membership and Marketing Conference at least once every 24 months
  • Complete one MMI elective at least once every 24 months (MMI electives are offered in a classroom setting at each Conference)

If CMP and MCMP active status is not maintained as outlined by the minimum requirements, you will be required to contact the PCMA national office for re-activation criteria, which will include further continuing education and examinations.