CEM Fellows Program

CEM Fellows Program


Nomination and Selection Process

  • CEM Fellows can be nominated or apply throughout the year, with a dedicated selection period in August.
  • CEM Fellows will be recognized in conjunction with the CEM and CEM-AP Graduation Ceremony that takes place during Expo! Expo! – IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition that is typically held in December.

IAEE will notify the nominee that they have been nominated and include a copy of the letter of recommendation. They will then be given the opportunity to apply for a CEM Fellow.

CEM Designation

$ 375 IAEE Member
  • IAEE Non-Member: $500

CEM-AP Designation

$ 250 IAEE Member
  • IAEE Non-Member: $500

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must provide a CV or resume highlighting service and involvement within the exhibitions and events industry. It should be a maximum of three pages, with heavy focus on volunteer and leadership service.
  • Applicants must provide a combined total of three letters of recommendation. Applicants that are nominated by another individual may use those letters of recommendation. IAEE will send applicants a copy of those letters of recommendation.
  • After the application is received, IAEE will invoice the applicant based on their status.
  • After the application fee is received, IAEE will send the applicant three questions to be answered. The answers to these questions will be sent to the CEM Fellows Review Committee for review. The CEM Fellows Review Committee is made up of members of the CEM Commission.
  • A screening interview will then be conducted by the CEM Fellows Review Committee through Zoom or TEAMS. This will be a critical component of the selection process, ensuring a thorough evaluation of each applicant’s contributions and suitability for the honor.
  • The applicant is then either approved or not approved to become a CEM Fellow.

Recertification Process

  • CEM Fellows will go through the CEM recertification process but at least 10 out of the 15 credits must come from the leadership category to ensure the CEM Fellow is staying active in the industry in a leadership capacity. The remaining credits may come from professional continuing education.
  • A $150 USD renewal fee is also due at the time of recertification.

Benefits for CEM Fellows

  • Recognition on the IAEE website, highlighting their achievements and contributions.
  • A special certificate, symbolizing their distinguished status.
  • Discounted registration for select IAEE events including Expo! Expo! – IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition. This encourages continued engagement and leadership within the community.
  • A Meet-Up at Expo! Expo! – IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition, to be held with others in the CEM community (CEMs and CEM-APs) as well as first-timers. This allows the CEM community and first timers to gather, network and engage with each other.
  • An exclusive CEM Fellows event, TBD, designed specifically for CEM Fellows to gather, network, and engage in strategic discussions about the industry at large. This gathering will serve as a platform for CEM Fellows to share insights and foster collaboration.