Ready to Start Your CEM? Let's Go!

What are the requirements to start?

The CEM Learning Program is a nine-part adult learning and certification program designed to provide industry professionals an in-depth understanding of the overall operations of the industry.

  • Candidates must have three years of full-time experience in the exhibitions and/or events industry or have an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited college, university, junior or technical college with a specialization in exhibition/event management (submit transcript for approval).
  • Choose any nine out of the 13 courses offered to complete the program.
    • Courses are offered on-demand (through Elevate), on-location (face-to-face) and virtually (through Zoom). You may take all nine courses on-demand, on-location, virtually or a combination of formats. 
    • Each course has a corresponding exam that must be taken within 90 days of the course date. You have three years from the date of your first passed exam in which to complete all nine courses and exams. 
    • If you have your CMP, you automatically receive credit for the Conference and Meeting Management course, therefore you only have to take eight courses and pass their corresponding exams.
  • Submit an application through the IAEE Member Dashboard. Your default logon is your email address and your password is your first name+last name (all lower case, no spaces). The application is under the “Certifications” section.

When you are accepted into the program, you will receive a welcome email with The Art of the Show textbook.

Start registering for courses!


  • On-location courses in the United States and virtual courses are $299 USD members/$440 USD non-members (per course). 
  • On-demand courses are $350 members/$605 non-members (per course). 
  • Courses outside the United States, contact us for pricing at

These costs include all course materials and the exam.

On-location/Virtual (U.S.A.)

$ 2,691 USD IAEE Member Pricing
  • Take all nine (9) courses
  • $299 USD x 9


$ 3,150 USD IAEE Member Pricing
  • Take all nine (9) courses
  • $350 USD x 9

On-location/Virtual (U.S.A.)

$ 3,960 USD Non Member Pricing
  • Take all nine (9) courses
  • $440 USD x 9


$ 5,445 USD Non Member Pricing
  • Take all nine (9) courses
  • $605 USD x 9

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

Cancellations, in whole or in part, must be made in writing and may be subject to a cancellation fee. For a full refund, written cancellations must be received no later than 30 business days prior to the event. Within 29-11 business days, all approved refund are subject to a $75 USD administrative fee. Cancellations will not be accepted within 10 business days of the event and event fees will not be refunded after the event begins. Send written cancellation requests to or fax to +1 972-458-8119.

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CEM Learning Program Courses

On-Location Courses

Virtual Courses

On-Demand Courses

Program Completion

Upon completion of all requirements for the program, new CEMs will receive a letter from the CEM Commission permitting use of the CEM designation along with a certificate. The new CEM will also be invited to participate in a recognition ceremony which typically takes place at Expo! Expo!