CEM Recertification Policy

The CEM recertification policy states that all CEMs are required to earn 15 credit hours as well as pay a renewal fee, every three years. Credit hours may be earned through a combination of three categories. Below is a summary of the categories in which a CEM can apply credit hours towards recertification. All credit hours may be applied from professional continuing education; a combination of professional continuing education and leadership activities; or all from formal education.

1. Professional Continuing Education

Educational credit hours are based on contact hours, which are defined as the number of clock hours spent in direct participation in a structured educational format. One contact hour is equivalent to one credit hour (non-educational time spent networking, on breaks, registration, does not qualify). Education must be industry-related and be directly- related to one of the 13 CEM courses.

Education does not need to be pre-approved. All education must occur during three-year recertification period. All fifteen (15) credit hours may be obtained from this category.

Examples include but are limited to:
  • Attend a CEM Learning Program course (on-demand, on-location or virtual) = five credits each
  • IAEE education programs including Expo! Expo! sessions, webinars, chapter education programs, one contact hour = one credit hour.
  • Allied association education programs (including, but not limited to: MPI, ASAE, PCMA, CAEM, ECEF, SISO), one contact hour = one credit hour.
  • CEM Preferred Provider sessions (includes Exhibitors WINH, Lippman Connects and Personify), one contact hour = one credit hour.
  • Other IAEE events such as CEIR Predict = six credits; Women’s Leadership Forum = three to five credits depending if signature or regional event.
  • Speaker at an exhibition or events industry event, one contact hour = one credit hour.
  • Company sponsored continuing education or training, one contact hour = one credit hour.
  • Engagement – IAEE MATSO Meets, New Member Orientation, Buzz Sessions, one contact hour = one credit hour.

2. Leadership Activities

Up to three (3) of the required fifteen (15) credit hours may be earned by participating in exhibitions and events industry leadership activities during three-year recertification period.

Activities include:

  • Active participation OR leadership role on an industry or IAEE board, committee, task force or chapter (receive 1 credit per term)
  • Published author (1 credit per article)

3. Formal Education

Earn a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree within three-year recertification period. All required fifteen (15) hours may come from this category.

Recertification and Renewal Fees

Renewal fee is $150 USD if submitted by 15 October the year certification is up for renewal; $200 USD if submitted by 31 December year certification is up for renewal. Applications received after 31 December will be assessed a $150 USD lapse fee. Fees are subject to change without notice and are nonrefundable.

In Case of Audit

All hours/credits are subject to verification by the CEM Commission or IAEE staff through the audit process. An IAEE staff member will contact the CEM if documentation is needed. Please keep documentation for six months after recertification application has been approved in case CEM is selected for an audit.

Documentation requirement in case of audit:

Submitting Recertification Credits

CEMs record their recertification credit hours through the IAEE Member Dashboard. We recommend recording your activities they are completed:

To access the IAEE Member Dashboard:

  • Go to
  • Enter your email address
  • Enter your password (first name+last name)
  • Click “My Certifications/Recertification” under the “Certifications” section.
  • Click on “Certified in Exhibition Management Renewal
  • Click “Add CEM Renewal Credits

Adding Your Credits

  • Course/Credit Type – choose from CEM Activity for Credit, CEM Credits for Renewal or CEM Formal Education Credit.
    • CEM Activity for Credit – credits earned from the “Leadership Activities” category below
    • CEM Credits for Renewal – credits earned from the “Professional Continuing Education” category below
    • CEM Formal Education – credits earned from the “Formal Education” category below
  • Education Institution or Host Organization – Who is delivering the education?
  • Date Earned On – Date attended
  • Course/Event Description – Description of the program
  • Hours earned – # of credit hours earned
  • Identify How Course/Program Related to CEM Blueprint

When you have earned the required 15 credit hours, you may pay online.

Any questions regarding what qualifies for CEM recertification credit may be directed to