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Professional Development

Events and Education, along with networking, are the major benefits of IAEE membership. Throughout the year, several meetings and educational programs are offered both at the chapter and international levels.  Keep you and your team equipped with the latest industry trends, solutions and knowledge needed for success on the job.

Career Advancement Resources

Career Coaching 

Are you looking for a career change?  Have you created “Your Story”, your brand statement and marketing strategies to help you network confidently?  Learn more about the Career Coaches and how they can give ou the tools and techniques to develop a strong career plan.

Career Learning Center 

The Career Learning Center encourages an integrative career and professional development process that enhances your skill set.

Mentor Match

Looking for someone to help navigate you through the exhibitions and events industry?  Our seasoned professionals help with networking opportunities, share experiences and even learn  something along the way.

Reference Checks

Find out what your references are really saying about you!  Get your references checks, confidentially and professionals. Be confident your past employers are helping, not hurting your candidacy.

Resume Writing

Need help with your resume and cover letter?  Let one of our professionals writers create a resume and cover letter that will help you land you an interview.

Certified in Exhibition Management® (CEM)

The Certified in Exhibition Management® (CEM) designation is a globally recognized designation that demonstrates the highest professional standard throughout the exhibition and event management area.

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Listing of Skills by Job

IAEE has identified job roles for exhibition professionals that are common across organizations.  These positions are available in various categories and include core knowledge and task domains, job purpose, duties and responsibilities, qualifications, working conditions, physical requirements, average number of direct reports, average number of events produced, industry experiences and average salary information.  This information helps to guide one in determining a career path in the exhibitions and events industry.

Learn More about the IAEE Skills Matrix & Job Descriptions

Department of Labor

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has worked with the National Travel and Tourism Office of the Department of Commerce and with technical and subject matter experts from education, business, and industry to develop a comprehensive competency model for the Hospitality, Tourism, and Events industry. The model identifies the knowledge, skills, and abilities that provide a foundation for industry workers, as well as competencies specific to key sectors. While the model seeks to cover all workers in the industry, it is not intended that each worker possess all of the competencies listed. The model is rather a compilation of competencies that can be included as a basis for preparation in a Hospitality, Tourism, and Events occupation.

Visit the DOL Competency Clearinghouse Model for Hospitality, Tourism and Events.

IAEE Events

Events and Education, along with networking, are the major benefits of IAEE Membership.  Throughout, the year, several meetings and educational programs are offered both at the chapters and international level.

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Industry Resources

Art of the Show Text Book (5th Edition now available!)

The Art of the Show, an Introduction to the Study of Exhibition Management textbook, explores the world of exhibitions and events. The fifth edition focuses on the requirements for planning and holding a successful exhibition, both business-to-business and business-to-consumer events; what must be done leading up to the exhibition, during the exhibition and post-event, to create a marketplace for buyers and sellers that fosters engagement and offers a synergistic environment. Written by a broad spectrum of industry experts, this body of knowledge is a standard resource in university and college classrooms around the globe and provides an up-to-date resource for the experienced professional. ISBN 978-0-9895833-2-9

Purchase the PRINT VERSION of the textbook here.

Purchase the DIGITAL VERSION of the textbook here.

Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR)

CEIR provides industry-leading research on the North American exhibitions and events industry globally which optimizes performance, increases engagement, and addresses emerging customer needs. CEIR houses the world’s largest collection of primary, exhibition-related research studies.


IAEE and its members provide timely and relevant content through IAEE’s Blog Station. Learn more about Education, Leadership, Networking and much more. Visit the blog station here.

Coronavirus Resources

IAEE continues to monitor the developments of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on exhibitions and events. We are gathering information as this crisis evolves in order to understand the extent of its impact and how we may be of service. We are also gathering resources as quickly as they become available to us, in an effort to help navigate the difficulties presented by these circumstances. Visit the IAEE Coronavirus microsite here.

Library of Learning

IAEE has created a library of knowledge that will improve your knowledge, experience and skills in the exhibitions and events industry.

Library of Learning


IAEE webinars offer strategic information about the business of trade shows.  With featured top speakers and thought leaders sharing tips, tricks and hacks for some of the most critical challenges you face today.

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