What is the CEM Program


What is the CEM Designation

The Certified in Exhibition Management™ (CEM) designation is a globally recognized designation that demonstrates the highest professional standard throughout the exhibition and event management arena. It was first created in 1975 to raise professional standards in the event industry and it continues to be the premier mark of professional achievement.

The CEM designation accommodates short and long-term career goals with education that can be tailored to meet specific needs and interests. The designation is obtained by completion of nine courses offered in classroom and on-line formats. The CEM Learning Program is offered in the United States, Canada, Brazil, China, Dubai, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, and Thailand.


Why the CEM Program is Right for You

The CEM Program is taught by practicing industry professionals who have earned their CEM designation. They bring their real-life experience and years of industry knowledge and skills into the classroom and straight to you!

Today more than 2,300 active CEMs around the world make up the CEM Network which serves as a leading channel for communication, ideas, thought leadership, industry recognition and promotion.

The CEM Learning Program’s comprehensive course of study information is based on a Curriculum Blueprint that is composed of the essential concepts required of a professional in the Exhibition and Event management industry. It’s an education program first and a designation program second so students can take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to their careers after their first class.


Where the CEM Program Will Take You

  • Emphasis on practical knowledge
  • Education program first and a designation program second
  • Curricula must reflect the latest thinking in exhibitions and events management
  • Maintain the highest standards for individuals who earn the CEM designation so they are recognized as knowledgeable and dedicated professionals with a long term commitment to the exhibitions and events industry

Additional Resources:


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Contact Us

Email: cem@iaee.com
Phone (U.S.): +1 (972) 687-9224
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